Jonathan White

The danger of personalised power in the EU

The EU has frequently been caricatured as a ‘faceless bureaucracy’, where rules and procedures take precedence over powerful personalities. Yet this depersonalisation of power has recently been challenged by the emergence of some visible, decisive figures. Jonathan White argues that while this may be seen as a welcome improvement by some observers, when power is located in a small, […]

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    Emergency politics: Why the UK keeps emphasising 29 March as Brexit day

Emergency politics: Why the UK keeps emphasising 29 March as Brexit day

Ever since Theresa May triggered Article 50, 29 March keeps being portrayed as Brexit day. This continues to be the case, even though it is highly likely that an extension will be requested. Jonathan White explains why the focus on this deadline has a number of aims, not least to weaken resistance.

29 March 2019 has dominated British politics for […]

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Experts react: Greek referendum

The final result of the Greek referendum saw 61.3 per cent of voters reject the proposal, with 38.7 per cent voting in favour. We asked some of EUROPP’s contributors for their reactions to the result and what it could mean for Greece’s future in the Eurozone.

Kyriakos Moumoutzis: “To ‘live life on their own terms’ is to live life outside […]

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    The Greek referendum offers an opportunity to challenge the EU’s preoccupation with the ‘politics of emergency’

The Greek referendum offers an opportunity to challenge the EU’s preoccupation with the ‘politics of emergency’

Following months of discussions, Greece missed the deadline for a 1.5 billion euro payment to the IMF on 30 June. Jonathan White assesses what the Greek debt crisis says about the wider process of European integration. He writes that EU decision-making has come to be shaped by a form of ‘emergency politics’ since the financial crisis, with the principles […]

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    The real story in the European elections wasn’t the rise of ‘populists and extremists’, but the return of the left-right divide

The real story in the European elections wasn’t the rise of ‘populists and extremists’, but the return of the left-right divide

The European Parliament elections saw a number of smaller parties with broadly Eurosceptic or anti-establishment platforms do well across Europe. Jonathan White writes that while this has been dismissed by some commentators as a victory for ‘populists and extremists’, the elections represent a more fundamental shift in European politics. He notes that these parties have substantial differences and display […]

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