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 – [...]

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 [...]

2 09, 2020

17 million mobile citizens need a voice in the EU

By |2020-09-02T11:19:54+00:00September 2nd, 2020|Categories: Citizens’ rights, Future of Europe, Views from the Federal Trust|Tags: , , , |

This article was first published in the The Brussels Times One of the EU’s key achievements is freedom of movement. Nearly 17 million EU citizens live in another EU member state and far more travel regularly within the EU for work, to study or simply to visit family and friends. [...]

6 08, 2020

The Triple Tragedy of Brexit

By |2020-08-06T12:35:30+00:00August 6th, 2020|Categories: Brexit, Federalism, Future of 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?", which can be downloaded for free here: https://www.wolfpublishers.eu/futureofeurope   The EU27 Summit, during which the political leaders of [...]

31 07, 2020

A historic EU budget and recovery package deal?

By |2020-07-31T08:44:14+00:00July 31st, 2020|Categories: Coronavirus, EU Policies & Institutions, Future of Europe, Views from the Federal Trust|Tags: , , , |

Ursula von der Leyen and Charles Michel at the Special European Summit, 20/7/20; Photo credit: European Union   This article was first published on The UK in a Changing Europe. In the end they did it. After a marathon meeting, stretching from Friday 17 July until the wee small hours [...]

24 07, 2020

Consolidating rights and values should be at the heart of the recovery programme

By |2020-07-24T10:17:24+00:00July 24th, 2020|Categories: Citizens’ rights, Future of Europe, Migration & Identity, Views from the Federal Trust|Tags: , , , |

Roundtable Special European Council (17/07/20, Bruxelles); Copyright: EU This article was first published in the Brussels Times. The European Council has agreed the next multi-annual financial framework but postponed a decision about how to make the new recovery funds conditional on respect for democracy, human rights and the [...]

21 07, 2020

Is the European Union finally moving to an economic – not just a monetary – Union?

By |2020-07-21T14:06:08+00:00July 21st, 2020|Categories: Brexit, Climate Change, Coronavirus, Europe, Future of Europe|Tags: , , |

Photo copyright: European Union     by John Palmer Formerly European Editor of The Guardian and Political Director of the European Policy Centre in Brussels     There is not much of a market just now for optimism about our economic, social, political or environmental future. In the [...]