13 05, 2022

A Design for Modern Britain: Confederal Federalism

By |2022-05-13T13:17:35+00:00May 13th, 2022|Categories: Devolution, Federalism, Scotland, UK Constitution, Views from the Federal Trust|Tags: , , , , , |

by Glyndwr Cennydd Jones In recent years, the national borders extant within these isles have been reaffirmed through Brexit and the Covid-19 pandemic. Further, the trend for significant divergence in policy stances across the various parliaments has compounded other clear political disagreements centred on constitutional reform and change, with different [...]

9 05, 2022

Celebrating Europe Day 2022

By |2022-05-11T10:07:56+00:00May 9th, 2022|Categories: Brexit, Europe, Future of Europe, Views from the Federal Trust|Tags: , , , , , , |

Against all odds, the Conference on the Future of Europe has shown that it is quite possible for the EU to function as a European democracy of states and citizens. In the process the European Union has overcome its long-standing stalemate in the debate about the end goal of the [...]

5 05, 2022

Spinelli, me and my honeymoon

By |2022-05-05T13:39:02+00:00May 5th, 2022|Categories: Europe, Federalism, Views from the Federal Trust|Tags: , , , , |

by Dr Alan Hick Dr Hick is a Board Member of New Europeans International and a former senior official at the European Economic and Social Committee 1st May 2022 This article has been reproduced with kind permission from New Europeans   The first time I met Altiero Spinelli did not go [...]

28 03, 2022

A League-Union of the Isles – Book Recommendation

By |2022-04-05T08:01:57+00:00March 28th, 2022|Categories: Devolution, Federalism, Scotland, UK Constitution, Views from the Federal Trust|

March 2022 sees the release of A League-Union of the Isles. Conceived as a reflection on Glyndwr Cennydd Jones’s constitutional writing since 2016, it encompasses an exploration of devolution, federalism, confederalism, and more significantly—that possible middle ground—confederal-federalism. Not wishing to alienate the generally moderate elements of both unionism and nationalism [...]

18 03, 2022

The Democratisation of Europe

By |2022-03-18T13:37:05+00:00March 18th, 2022|Categories: Citizens’ rights, EU Policies & Institutions, Future of Europe, Views from the Federal Trust|Tags: , , |

In all its atrocity, the Russian invasion of Ukraine may serve to recall that the democratisation of Europe is both a momentous achievement and an ongoing challenge. The democratisation of Europe, which started in the middle of the 20th century in reaction to the atrocities of the Second World War, [...]

4 03, 2022

The Ukrainian War and the Mistake of Brexit

By |2022-03-22T14:13:23+00:00March 4th, 2022|Categories: Brexit, Europe, Global, Views from the Federal Trust|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

The war, in which the Ukrainian army and citizens are defending the sovereignty of their country against foreign aggression, is about values. The values of human dignity, respect for life, democracy and the rule of law are under attack from a superpower, which is still thinking in geopolitical terms of [...]

17 12, 2021

Europe-India: new strategic challenges

By |2021-12-17T16:34:18+00:00December 17th, 2021|Categories: Brexit, Brexit Newsletter, EU-India Think Tank Twinning, Europe, Views from the Federal Trust|Tags: , , |

This article was first published by the Robert Schuman Foundation The most recent India-EU summits, held on 15 July 2020 and 8 May 2021, significantly enhanced the strategic dimension of the bilateral relationship. India was one of the first countries to establish diplomatic relations with the European Union when representatives of the then [...]

3 12, 2021

Nationalisms in the UK and their implications for the Westminster System of Governance

By |2021-12-03T16:02:23+00:00December 3rd, 2021|Categories: Devolution, Scotland, UK Constitution, Views from the Federal Trust|Tags: , , , , , |

by Dr Andrew Black[*], Associate Director, Global Policy Institute, assisted by Luisa Borras “It's not the voting that's democracy; it's the counting.” Tom Stoppard Introduction Amongst many crises affecting the UK currently, there is one that has a long fuse, has been burning for some time, and has the power [...]

4 11, 2021

A Definition of the EU as Farewell Present for Chancellor Merkel

By |2021-11-04T12:34:44+00:00November 4th, 2021|Categories: Citizens’ rights, EU Policies & Institutions, Federalism, Future of Europe, Views from the Federal Trust|Tags: , , , , , |

During the last meeting of the European Council, which she attended, Angela Merkel raised the perennial question as to what the European Union is. Reflecting on the debate in the Council about the objections of some member states against the introduction of the conditionality mechanism, she asked whether we are [...]

21 09, 2021

Is citizen-led democracy here to stay?

By |2021-09-21T10:49:25+00:00September 21st, 2021|Categories: Citizens’ rights, EU Policies & Institutions, Future of Europe, Views from the Federal Trust|Tags: , , , , , |

This article was first published by The Brussels Times. Tourists are flying into space and life on Mars seems a less distant possibility. Meanwhile Europeans are busy trying to create a buzz about our future here on earth. With the first Europe-wide transnational panels taking place in Strasbourg (17-19 September), [...]

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