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 [...]

19 02, 2021

Event: Defence and security in Europe – Biden and Brexit as new parameters

By |2021-02-23T13:05:06+00:00February 19th, 2021|Categories: Brexit, EU Policies & Institutions, Foreign Policy & Defence, Forthcoming Events|Tags: , , , |

9th March 2021 17.30 - 18.45 GMT   Webinar on Zoom: REGISTER HERE Joint event by the Federal Trust, Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung and Global Policy Institute The two pillars on which the European defence and security framework rests have been shaken in recent years: The commitment to the transatlantic alliance of NATO [...]

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 [...]

26 01, 2021

Exiting Erasmus is an avoidable mistake

By |2021-02-04T13:49:38+00:00January 26th, 2021|Categories: Brexit, EU Policies & Institutions, Europe, Europe|Tags: , , , , , , , |

by Dr Hywel Ceri Jones Hywel Ceri Jones was the EU Commission’s Director for Education, Training and Youth when Erasmus was founded in 1987.   There is growing momentum behind the campaign to reverse the UK Government’s decision to exit the European Union’s Erasmus programme, the largest international education programme in the world. [...]

22 12, 2020

Freedom, equality and solidarity – what’s not to like?

By |2020-12-23T14:18:22+00:00December 22nd, 2020|Categories: Blog, Brexit, Citizens’ rights, EU Policies & Institutions, Europe, Future of Europe|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

In 2001, the late, great former Labour Foreign Secretary, Robin Cook, was President of the Party of European Socialists. The start of his period of office coincided with the heyday of British influence in Europe, a time when strong alliances were being built by Labour at every level - inter-governmental [...]

15 12, 2020

Valery Giscard d’Estaing – a European Dreamer

By |2020-12-16T10:07:10+00:00December 15th, 2020|Categories: EU Policies & Institutions, Europe, Federalism, Future of Europe|Tags: , , , , , |

by Stefan Collignon Professor of Political Economy at Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna, Pisa; Visiting Professor at the London School of Economics   This article first appeared in Italian on Euractiv.it (translated by Roberto Castaldi)   No other statesman has left a greater mark on Europe than Valery Giscard D’Estaing (1926 – [...]

2 12, 2020

The ECB’s Mandate: Wider Perspectives on European Union Monetary Policies

By |2020-12-02T12:48:59+00:00December 2nd, 2020|Categories: EU Policies & Institutions, Europe|Tags: , , , , , |

by Dr Michael Lloyd Michael Lloyd is Associate Director and Senior Research Fellow at the Global Policy Institute.     One of the first acts of Christine Lagarde when she became President of the European Central Bank (ECB) in 2019 was to announce a review of its Treaty Mandate and [...]

25 11, 2020

Can the EU function as a democracy without forming a state?

By |2020-11-25T15:44:10+00:00November 25th, 2020|Categories: EU Policies & Institutions, Europe, Federalism, Forthcoming Events, Future of Europe|Tags: , , , , , |

4th December 2020 19.30 - 21.00 REGISTER HERE Part of the joint Reflections on the Future of Europe series with New Europeans At this online discussion, Jaap Hoeksma asks "Can the EU be a democratic union of states and people at the same time?" Read his essay here: Replacing the Westphalian system [...]

27 10, 2020

Time to get serious about the Future of Europe Conference

By |2020-11-14T12:54:54+00:00October 27th, 2020|Categories: Citizens’ rights, EU Policies & Institutions, Future of Europe, Views from the Federal Trust|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

This article was first published by Euractiv with the title "We need to talk about the future of Europe". Our online world lends itself well to a conversation with citizens about the future of Europe. And yet, European leaders have so far failed to reach agreement, even on who should [...]

12 10, 2020

Replacing the Westphalian system – Essay on the Identification of the EU as a democratic Union of democratic States

By |2020-11-14T12:14:05+00:00October 12th, 2020|Categories: Citizens’ rights, EU Policies & Institutions, Future of Europe, Reports & Policy Briefs, 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 Executive Summary Since its foundation in the middle of the previous century, the EU and its [...]