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The Brussels deal to save the Euro confounded its Anglo-Saxon doubters.

Treaty change looms as the Eurozone edges closer towards greater fiscal union. Roger Liddle looks at what this might mean for the future of the European Union and Britain’s place within it. Last June’s Brussels deal on the future of the Eurozone may yet prove to be technically flawed and insufficient. It may still be impossible, despite the measure of […]

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The current EU fatalism underestimates the resilience of the system, and a focus on personalities obscures the real imperative for organisational reform

Tony Blair recently spoke out on the need for Europe to have ‘strong collective leadership and direction’ through the creation of an elected president. His remarks come at a time of prevailing EU fatalism and, while it might be attractive to pin Europe’s woes on personality dysfunctions, real leadership will not come in quick fixes. Olaf Cramme argues that only […]

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January 14th, 2012|North Europe|0 Comments|

Tackling Euroscepticism: EU employment law is neither imposed on the UK from Brussels nor does it damage the country’s economy

Many myths surround EU employment law. Anne Davies tackles these head on and argues that workers and businesses are very much protected rather than inhibited by such labour market legislation. The United Kingdom’s relationship with the European Union (EU) is always fraught with political difficulty and since employment law tends to attract extra scrutiny during times of recession now is […]

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The Conservatives cannot ‘wriggle’ their way out of the European Convention on Human Rights, even by introducing a British Bill of Rights.

The Conservatives have made no secret of the party’s desire to roll back its European human rights obligations, with many in the party also advocating repealing the Human Rights Act and establishing a British Bill of Rights. As the party seeks to ‘win back’ jurisdiction over human rights cases, Saladin Meckled-Garcia finds the coalition government’s stance is nothing less than […]

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Cameron’s self-imposed isolation is of little surprise given the history of the UK’s troubled relationship with Europe.

Bart Cammaerts argues that David Cameron’s actions at the recent EU summit in Brussels are best seen in the context of the UK’s long-standing reluctance towards greater integration with Europe. It is no surprise, therefore, that a two speed Europe is now a reality. UK elites totally misunderstand the political dynamic in Europe, but this is not new. Let’s just […]

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