About John Stevens

Chairman of the Federal Trust; Former Member of the European Parliament (1989 – 1999)
14 11, 2023

Video: How Brexit Has Changed British Politics for Ever

By |2023-11-14T16:14:57+00:00November 14th, 2023|Categories: Brexit, Video|Tags: , , , , |

In this video, our Chairman John Stevens and Director Brendan Donnelly discuss the dismissal of Suella Braverman and the appointment of David Cameron. Does this represent a new political path for the Conservative Party and Rishi Sunak? Or is it simply the latest throw of the dice for a divided [...]

28 02, 2023

Brexit and Northern Ireland: Who Got What They Wanted?

By |2023-02-28T16:04:08+00:00February 28th, 2023|Categories: Brexit, Europe, Video|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

In this new video, our Chair John Stevens and  Director Brendan Donnelly discuss the new "Windsor Framework" for the Northern Ireland Protocol. They conclude that the agreement gives both sides most of what they sought to achieve. They do not believe that a similar agreement would have been possible with [...]

17 02, 2023

Brexit and a Broken Britain

By |2023-02-17T16:07:56+00:00February 17th, 2023|Categories: Brexit, Europe, Scotland, Video|Tags: , , , , , , , |

In this video, our Chairman John Stevens and Director Brendan Donnelly discuss the recent secret meeting of Labour and Conservative politicians with a view to "making Brexit work". They conclude the Conservative representatives were driven to this meeting by their private realisation of Brexit’s failings; while the Labour Party is [...]

17 02, 2023

The Departure of Nicola Sturgeon

By |2023-02-20T13:16:51+00:00February 17th, 2023|Categories: Blog, Brexit, Devolution, Europe, Scotland, UK Constitution, Views from the Federal Trust|Tags: , , , , , |

There is a mystery for me in contemplating the political career of Nicola Surgeon. I first faced this during the 2015 General Election, which I spent largely in Scotland, campaigning for Unionist friends. I was hoping to see the “No” campaign victory in the 2014 referendum (in which I was [...]

13 12, 2022

VIDEO: Has Ukraine Made Europe More United?

By |2022-12-13T14:36:57+00:00December 13th, 2022|Categories: Brexit, EU Policies & Institutions, Global, Video|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , |

In this video, the Federal Trust's Chairman John Stevens and and its Director Brendan Donnelly discuss the impact of the war in Ukraine on the European Union. They argue that the war has tended to make Europe more integrated, but it has also exposed flaws in the Union's decision-making process [...]

11 11, 2022

VIDEO: What Do the US Midterms Mean for Brexit?

By |2022-11-11T14:44:26+00:00November 11th, 2022|Categories: Brexit, Europe, Global, Video|Tags: , , , , , , |

In this Federal Trust video, our Chairman John Stevens and Director Brendan Donnelly discuss the impact of American politics on Brexit, both historically and in the future. The present Democratic administration is well-disposed to the EU and unenthusiastic about Brexit. But no future Republican administration is likely to support the [...]

17 10, 2022

VIDEO: The End of Singapore-on-Thames

By |2022-10-22T14:36:36+00:00October 17th, 2022|Categories: Brexit, Europe, Global, Trade, Video|Tags: , , , , , , , |

In this Federal Trust video our Chairman John Stevens and Brendan Donnelly discuss the implications for Brexit of the past turbulent ten days in British politics. They conclude that the failure of the "mini-budget" marks the end of "Singapore on Thames" as a model for Brexit. It is however unclear [...]

27 06, 2022

VIDEO: Will the EU go nuclear?

By |2022-06-27T15:55:46+00:00June 27th, 2022|Categories: Europe, Global, UK, Video|Tags: , , , , , , , |

In this new Federal Trust video, John Stevens explores an aspect of the war in Ukraine which has so far received relatively little attention: nuclear weapons. It is clear that a key reason Putin has risked this invasion is the fact that Russia, for all its other weaknesses, remains a [...]

28 04, 2022

VIDEO: The Monetary Consequences of Mr Putin

By |2022-04-28T13:01:49+00:00April 28th, 2022|Categories: Europe, Global, Trade, Video|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , |

In this video, the chairman of the Federal Trust, John Stevens, speaks with Luke Gromen about the monetary consequences of the war in Ukraine, and whether the steps taken by both the West and Russia since it began mark a watershed moment in the global monetary system, similar to the [...]

28 09, 2021

The German elections and the future of the euro

By |2021-09-28T15:03:32+00:00September 28th, 2021|Categories: EU Policies & Institutions, Europe, Future of Europe|Tags: , , , , , |

The extraordinarily tight outcome of the German elections has created the danger for the European Union of prolonged negotiations before the next federal government can be formed, lasting even as long as until Christmas. However, it also contains a most significant opportunity. This is not merely due to the defection [...]

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