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 [...]

4 05, 2022

WEBINAR: What kind of federation for the European Union?

By |2022-05-19T10:40:48+00:00May 4th, 2022|Categories: 2022, Blog, Europe, Federalism, Future of Europe|Tags: , , , |

18th May 2022 WATCH THE RECORDED LIVESTREAM HERE or in the player below:   Presentation by Tony Czarnecki - Economist, futurist, and Managing Partner of Sustensis, London Followed by a discussion chaired by Brendan Donnelly, Director, The Federal Trust   Although the European Federation is formally not on the EU [...]

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, [...]

11 01, 2022

Webinar: Time for a European Federation

By |2022-01-27T09:06:08+00:00January 11th, 2022|Categories: 2022, Europe, Federalism, Future of Europe|Tags: , |

 26th January 2022 To mark the publication of a new book entitled "Time for a European Federation", the Federal Trust organised a webinar with the author, Yannis Karamitsios, presenting the book's argument. Speaker: Yannis Karamitsios is a legal adviser to the European Commission. His book “Time for a European Federation” [...]

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 [...]

28 09, 2021

The German elections and the future of the euro

By |2021-09-28T15:03:32+00:00September 28th, 2021|Categories: EU Policies & Institutions, Europe, Future of Europe|Tags: , , , , , |

The extraordinarily tight outcome of the German elections has created the danger for the European Union of prolonged negotiations before the next federal government can be formed, lasting even as long as until Christmas. However, it also contains a most significant opportunity. This is not merely due to the defection [...]

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] [...]

24 06, 2021

The Identity of the EU

By |2021-06-24T12:14:31+00:00June 24th, 2021|Categories: Europe, Future of Europe|Tags: , , , , , |

From Unidentified Political Object to European Democracy Thirty years after the foundation of the European Union by virtue of the 1992 Maastricht Treaty the nature of the Union has been established at last. At the time of its creation as successor of the European Communities the EU used to be [...]

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