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23 09, 2020

Stand with Belarus – it’s a matter of principle

By |2020-09-23T13:35:09+00:00September 23rd, 2020|Categories: Europe, Views from the Federal Trust|Tags: , , , , , |

This article was written for Euractiv Italia.   “Don’t leave Belarus alone!” That was the message of a conference organised by New Europeans with human rights campaigners from Belarus, Ukraine and Russia to mark International Democracy Day, 15 September. Watch the conference here. In a moving address from her home outside [...]

4 09, 2020

A Weird Midsummer Night’s Dream

By |2020-09-04T13:33:17+00:00September 4th, 2020|Categories: Brexit, Europe, Foreign Policy & Defence, Global, Views from the Federal Trust|Tags: , , , , , , |

by Isador Strakhovsky (also known as Ira Straus) On a late summer day in a 2020 that was already surreal, German medics announced that Alexei Navalny had been poisoned by Novichok. It was the same poison that had been used on the Skripals in Britain. Strange things transpired in the [...]

2 09, 2020

17 million mobile citizens need a voice in the EU

By |2020-09-02T11:19:54+00:00September 2nd, 2020|Categories: Citizens’ rights, Future of Europe, Views from the Federal Trust|Tags: , , , |

This article was first published in the The Brussels Times One of the EU’s key achievements is freedom of movement. Nearly 17 million EU citizens live in another EU member state and far more travel regularly within the EU for work, to study or simply to visit family and friends. [...]

2 09, 2020

Russia, Belarus, Ukraine, and Vladimir Putin: an interview with Olivier Védrine

By |2020-09-02T11:02:59+00:00September 2nd, 2020|Categories: Europe, Global, Views from the Federal Trust|Tags: , , , |

Interview by Martin Banks with Olivier Védrine This article was first published by EU Today Olivier Védrine is the Chief Editor of the Russian Monitor and a director of the civil rights movement New Europeans, based in Brussels. In 2012 he moved to Kyiv and in November 2013 he joined [...]

13 08, 2020

Can Johnson avoid a no-deal Brexit?

By |2020-08-13T16:35:12+00:00August 13th, 2020|Categories: Brexit, Europe, Views from the Federal Trust|Tags: , , , , , |

This article was first published by The Parliament Magazine. There was a time when Brexit was the only thing we wanted to talk about. Now it seems to be a conversation stopper on both sides of the channel. Many Britons are walking instead of talking. A recent study has shown [...]

13 08, 2020

The EU and media freedom

By |2020-08-13T16:01:49+00:00August 13th, 2020|Categories: Citizens’ rights, EU Policies & Institutions, Views from the Federal Trust|Tags: , , , , |

This is a shortened version of a joint article by Eszter Nagy and Roger Casale published on Voxeurop on 28th July 2020 (No impunity for the abuse of press freedom in Hungary).   No sooner had EU leaders returned from a marathon EU summit in July than Szabolcs Dull, editor-in-chief [...]

6 08, 2020

The Triple Tragedy of Brexit

By |2020-08-06T12:35:30+00:00August 6th, 2020|Categories: Brexit, Federalism, Future of Europe, Views from the Federal Trust|Tags: , , |

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   The EU27 Summit, during which the political leaders of [...]

31 07, 2020

End of ‘golden era’ in UK-China relations goes beyond any US meddling

By |2020-07-31T08:08:16+00:00July 31st, 2020|Categories: Foreign Policy & Defence, Global, Views from the Federal Trust|Tags: , |

This article was first published in South China Morning Post. With the fifth anniversary of the China-Britain Comprehensive Strategic Partnership approaching, it is remarkable to see how dramatically this much-heralded “golden era” of relations has turned into one of deepening mistrust and bitter acrimony. In the past few weeks, Prime [...]

31 07, 2020

A historic EU budget and recovery package deal?

By |2020-07-31T08:44:14+00:00July 31st, 2020|Categories: Coronavirus, EU Policies & Institutions, Future of Europe, Views from the Federal Trust|Tags: , , , |

Ursula von der Leyen and Charles Michel at the Special European Summit, 20/7/20; Photo credit: European Union   This article was first published on The UK in a Changing Europe. In the end they did it. After a marathon meeting, stretching from Friday 17 July until the wee small hours [...]

24 07, 2020

Consolidating rights and values should be at the heart of the recovery programme

By |2020-07-24T10:17:24+00:00July 24th, 2020|Categories: Citizens’ rights, Future of Europe, Migration & Identity, Views from the Federal Trust|Tags: , , , |

Roundtable Special European Council (17/07/20, Bruxelles); Copyright: EU This article was first published in the Brussels Times. The European Council has agreed the next multi-annual financial framework but postponed a decision about how to make the new recovery funds conditional on respect for democracy, human rights and the [...]