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A Difficult Choice for Johnson: A Brexit deal or no deal

News that the Brexit talks were to be resumed sent the external value of the pound back up again. Political commentators, especially in the UK, began to predict the relatively rapid conclusion of an agreement on future trade relations between the UK and the EU. They pointed in particular to [...]

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Germany’s miles better…

By |October 13th, 2020|

This article was first published on Sceptical Scot. Thirty years ago, on October 3 1990, I was standing among a million people in front of the Reichstag building in Berlin observing and reporting on the [...]

Replacing the Westphalian system – Essay on the Identification of the EU as a democratic Union of democratic States

By |October 12th, 2020|

by Jaap Hoeksma Philosopher of law and director of Euroknow Author of “The Case Bundesverfassungsgericht versus EU Court of Justice – Can the EU function as a democracy without forming a State?”, which can be downloaded for free here: https://www.wolfpublishers.eu/futureofeurope Executive [...]

The Red Wall – Myths and Reality

By |October 8th, 2020|

Photo credit: UK Parliament/ CC BY 3.0 by Baroness Quin Former Europe Minister and Labour MP         The biggest myth about the Red Wall is that it was all about [...]

Brexit meets European solidarity

By |October 8th, 2020|

Photo credit: European Commission This excerpt is a preview of the book "Solidarity and the Future of Europe" that will be released in 2021 as part of the TEPSA book series “The Future [...]