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6 05, 2020

Brexit, Transition and Ireland

By |2020-06-04T15:53:11+00:00May 6th, 2020|Categories: Brexit, Europe, Europe|Tags: , , , , |

by Brendan DonnellyDirector, The Federal Trust 6th May 2020 Eight months before the end of the transition period the British government seems intent upon two courses of action which will exacerbate the inevitable political and economic damage to the United Kingdom when it finally withdraws from the European treaties. The [...]

4 05, 2020

How will COVID-19 impact Brexit?

By |2020-06-04T15:54:01+00:00May 4th, 2020|Categories: Brexit, Coronavirus, Europe|Tags: , |

by John StevensChairman of the Federal Trust; Former Member of the European Parliament (1989 – 1999) 4th May 2020 In the latest iteration of the unempathetic essence of their cause a debate is emerging amongst the supporters of Brexit over whether the crisis created by the COVID-19 virus will prove [...]

4 05, 2020

Combating Coronavirus: the good news from Vienna

By |2020-06-04T15:54:39+00:00May 4th, 2020|Categories: Coronavirus, Europe, Europe|Tags: |

Chancellor Sebastian Kurz (centre), Minister Rudolf Anschober (r.) and Minister Karl Nehammer (l.) on 26th February 2020. Image copyright: BKA/Andy Wenzel by Richard BassettBye-Fellow of Christ’s College Cambridge and the author of “For God and Kaiser”, the first history of the Habsburg Army to be published in English (Yale 2015). [...]

27 04, 2020

Moving beyond the Brexit divide? Options for the new Labour leadership

By |2020-06-04T16:11:42+00:00April 27th, 2020|Categories: Brexit, Europe, Europe|Tags: , |

by Dr Andrew BlickReader in Politics and Contemporary History at King’s College London; Senior Research Fellow at the Federal Trust 27th April 2020 In the space of a few weeks, many central assumptions of UK politics have shifted. This movement of plates is in large part attributable to the Coronavirus episode, [...]

21 04, 2020

European identity and the plague

By |2020-06-04T16:23:46+00:00April 21st, 2020|Categories: Coronavirus, Europe, Migration & Identity|Tags: , |

by Roger CasaleFounder, Secretary General & CEO, New Europeans 21st April 2020 “The plague was posting sentries at the gates and turning away ships bound for Oran.” Albert Camus, (1913-1960) “Human it is to have compassion on the unhappy”  Giovanni Boccaccio (1313 – 1375) Plague has been with us since ancient times. [...]

17 04, 2020

Covid-19, Corona Bonds and “Kicking the can down the road”

By |2020-06-04T16:27:17+00:00April 17th, 2020|Categories: Coronavirus, EU Policies & Institutions, Europe|Tags: , , |

Eurogroup President Mario Centeno at the Eurogroup video conference on 9th April. Photo credit: European Union by Dr Andrew BlackSenior Research Fellow at Global Policy Institute; Senior Research Fellow, Brunel Business School 17th April 2020 What I see is European construction drifting towards a free-trade zone, that is to say an [...]

15 04, 2020

Brexit: Transition in a time of pandemic

By |2020-06-04T16:28:31+00:00April 15th, 2020|Categories: Brexit, Coronavirus, Europe, Europe|Tags: , , , , , |

by Brendan DonnellyDirector, The Federal Trust 15th April 2020 Michel Barnier and David Frost are due to resume today (15th April) their negotiations interrupted by the Coronavirus. If Brexit were a project built on rational economic or political foundations, the British government would by now have sought an extension of [...]

15 04, 2020

Can the EU survive the virus?

By |2020-06-04T16:33:13+00:00April 15th, 2020|Categories: Coronavirus, EU Policies & Institutions, Europe, Future of Europe|Tags: , , |

EU Leaders’ video conference on COVID-19, 26th March 2020. Photo credit: Council of the European Union by David GowEditor of Sceptical.scot, Senior Adviser at Social Europe and Senior Adviser at Acumen Public Affairs. He is former European Business Editor of The Guardian and worked for The Scotsman and London Weekend Television. 15th April 2020 “Forged in crisis.” “We’ll [...]

6 04, 2020

How is the Coronavirus likely to affect post Brexit immigration?

By |2020-06-04T16:52:04+00:00April 6th, 2020|Categories: Brexit, Coronavirus, Europe, Migration & Identity|Tags: , , |

by Vicky PryceEconomist & Business Consultant; Board member at the Centre for Economic an Business Research and former Joint Head of the UK Government Economic Service 6th April 2020 I remember in a long past age – ok, just a couple of decades ago – how the family was gripped [...]

1 04, 2020

Getting it done the Covid way

By |2020-06-10T15:06:11+00:00April 1st, 2020|Categories: Coronavirus, Europe, Europe, Global|Tags: |

“Getting it done” was the buzz phrase that helped Johnson win the last election, in those days when the world was different. There were promises about trying to level up the poorer regions of the country, whose votes were “borrowed” by the Conservatives from Labour. And some of this resulted [...]