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, [...]

15 11, 2021

Webinar: A Citizens’ Senate – Towards Consensual Presidential Democracy

By |2021-12-01T14:39:15+00:00November 15th, 2021|Categories: 2021, Citizens’ rights, Future of Europe, UK|Tags: , , , , |

30th November 2021 How to move from adversarial democracy toward consensual democracy? At this event, Tony Czarnecki, author of the recent Federal Trust blog Citizens’ Senate – Towards Consensual Presidential Democracy, discussed his ideas on how to renew and invigorate the democratic system in the UK. He favours a system of merging [...]

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), [...]

6 09, 2021

Democratic Citizenship Education in the Light of the Lisbon Treaty

By |2021-09-06T13:58:07+00:00September 6th, 2021|Categories: Brexit, Citizens’ rights, EU Policies & Institutions, Future of Europe, Views from the Federal Trust|Tags: , , , , , |

The Treaty of Lisbon sheds fresh light on the purposes of EU citizenship education. The hallmark of the 2007 Lisbon Treaty is that it construes the EU as a dual democracy. The EU is not merely a Union of democratic States, but also functions as a democracy of its own.[1] [...]

26 05, 2021

The sight of UK Border Police arresting young Europeans on arrival in the UK is not a great look internationally

By |2021-05-26T13:09:13+00:00May 26th, 2021|Categories: Brexit, Citizens’ rights, Migration & Identity, Views from the Federal Trust|Tags: , , , |

This article was first published by The Parliament Magazine When it emerged that some EU citizens had been wrongfully held, due to ignorance on the part of officials, the British Government also began to look incompetent. It seems that the UK government has a message for the world, namely: “Look [...]

16 03, 2021

Europeans must keep building a more inclusive democracy

By |2021-03-16T13:56:15+00:00March 16th, 2021|Categories: Brexit, Citizens’ rights, Views from the Federal Trust|Tags: , , , , , |

This article was first published by The Brussels Times Belarus is a case apart but even inside the EU, states like Hungary are far from being in the top division when it comes to proving their democratic credentials. One indication of how committed the EU is in practice to the [...]

12 03, 2021

Granting Indefinite Leave to Remain to Migrant NHS Workers

By |2021-03-12T12:46:38+00:00March 12th, 2021|Categories: Citizens’ rights, Coronavirus, Migration & Identity, UK, Views from the Federal Trust|Tags: , , , , , |

by Aaron Gates-Lincoln, Political Advisor at ImmiNews   Throughout the current COVID-19 pandemic, many have argued that migrant healthcare workers have not been given the rightful respect or recognition which they truly deserve. Ever since the inception of the NHS in 1948, migrant workers have been essential to the operations [...]

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 [...]

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