26 02, 2021

The European Union: From organisation ‘sui generis’ to democratic regional organisation

By |2021-02-26T12:08:00+00:00February 26th, 2021|Categories: EU Policies & Institutions, Europe, Future of Europe, Views from the Federal Trust|Tags: , , , , |

The author wishes to dedicate the present essay to the memory of the ever inspiring Michael Burgess, in live Founder and Director of the Centre for Federal Studies at the University of Kent.   For decades, it has been common practice in academic circles to refer to the EU as [...]

26 02, 2021

The UK’s European and Constitutional Challenges Collide

By |2021-02-26T11:03:50+00:00February 26th, 2021|Categories: Blog, Brexit, Devolution, Europe, Scotland, UK Constitution, Views from the Federal Trust|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |

The UK’s politics failed in the face of Brexit for a mixture of reasons. There were three main causes. First, the ideology and dishonesty at the heart of the pro-Brexiters’ campaigning was, and remains, central. Second, Labour’s opposition to Brexit foundered on internal splits and a leader, Jeremy Corbyn, who [...]

12 02, 2021

Belarusians want to breathe the air of freedom

By |2021-02-12T08:36:23+00:00February 12th, 2021|Categories: Citizens’ rights, Europe, Views from the Federal Trust|Tags: , , , , , , , |

This article was first published by Euractiv Italia   It’s time to stop talking about the Belarus opposition and start talking about the democratic movement in Belarus.  What we saw during the Day of Solidarity on Sunday 7 February was not a protest rally but rather the courageous and dignified [...]

4 02, 2021

One year on and citizens are still paying the price of Brexit

By |2021-02-04T15:56:06+00:00February 4th, 2021|Categories: Brexit, Citizens’ rights, Europe, Views from the Federal Trust|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , |

by Else Kvist New Europeans London   At 11pm GMT - midnight, Central European Time - on 31 January 2020 the UK left the EU, “not with a bang but with a whimper”, to quote the poet T.S. Eliot. It was a cold windswept night as a rather half-hearted and surprisingly [...]

26 01, 2021

The Row about the Status of the EU-Representation in the UK

By |2021-02-04T13:48:14+00:00January 26th, 2021|Categories: Brexit, EU Policies & Institutions, 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?”   Processes like Brexit tend to bring out the worst in people and institutions. The row between London and Brussels about the diplomatic [...]

25 01, 2021

England’s Scotland Panic – What is to be Done?

By |2021-01-25T17:32:09+00:00January 25th, 2021|Categories: Devolution, Europe, Scotland, UK Constitution, Views from the Federal Trust|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

This article was first published by the Scottish Centre on European Relations   There is more than a whiff of hysteria in the air about the possibility of the UK fragmenting via Scottish independence and Irish reunification. Two former UK chancellors (one also an ex-prime minister) find the idea that [...]

22 01, 2021

Navalny arrest an early test for Biden, EU and the ‘new transatlantic relationship’

By |2021-01-22T13:27:52+00:00January 22nd, 2021|Categories: Europe, Global, Views from the Federal Trust|Tags: , , , , , |

This article was first published in Italian by EuractivItalia.   One thing we have come to expect of Russia is the unexpected. No one predicted the gains made by the Russian opposition in regional elections in Eastern Kharabosk last September. Nor that this would lead to a botched assassination attempt [...]

12 01, 2021

Britain and the EU – where next?

By |2021-01-12T15:56:00+00:00January 12th, 2021|Categories: Brexit, Europe, Views from the Federal Trust|Tags: , , , , , |

This article was first published by The Brussels Times   Boris Johnson likes to model himself on Winston Churchill but the comparison does not stand up to scrutiny and the conclusion of his Brexit deal was hardly a “Churchillian moment”. In fact, the British Prime Minister gave a surprisingly lack-lustre [...]

6 01, 2021

Was Godot worth the wait? The EU-UK Trade and Cooperation Agreement explained

By |2021-01-06T14:05:26+00:00January 6th, 2021|Categories: Brexit, Europe, Trade, Views from the Federal Trust|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

Since the white smoke emerged from the European Commission chimney on the afternoon of Christmas Eve, journalists, commentators and representatives of just about every conceivable interest have been crawling over it to work out what it means, who won or lost and how it will affect people on both sides [...]

6 01, 2021

Farewell to freedom of movement

By |2021-01-07T15:46:16+00:00January 6th, 2021|Categories: Brexit, Citizens’ rights, Europe, Migration & Identity, Views from the Federal Trust|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

This article was first published in The New European Free movement of people is one of the EU’s most celebrated achievements. According to the December Eurobarometer survey, 81% of Europeans think free movement has benefitted the economy. Yet in Britain, it is often cited as one of the main reasons [...]

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