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 [...]

7 10, 2021

Video: “The Brexit Taboo in British Politics”

By |2021-10-07T13:10:42+00:00October 7th, 2021|Categories: Brexit, Europe, Video|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

In this video, the Director of the Federal Trust, Brendan Donnelly, talks about the reluctance of British politicians to discuss Brexit honestly and seriously. In particular, he disagrees with those who wish to rejoin the EU but are afraid to say so. He argues that those who want the UK [...]

30 09, 2021

VIDEO: British Musicians: Victims of Brexit?

By |2021-09-30T13:57:40+00:00September 30th, 2021|Categories: Brexit, Europe, Trade, Video|Tags: , , , , , , |

In this video, the musician and businessman Peter Cook discusses the implications of Brexit for British musicians touring in Europe with Federal Trust Director Brendan Donnelly. He fears that the new expenses and barriers imposed by Brexit will lead to fewer cultural and particularly musical exchanges between the UK and [...]

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), [...]

17 09, 2021

Haste Ye Back

By |2021-09-17T11:49:23+00:00September 17th, 2021|Categories: Brexit, Europe, Scotland, Views from the Federal Trust|Tags: , , , |

This article was first published by the European Movement Scotland I had a dream of Europe. Brexit wrecked it. Boris Johnson and his ultra-nationalist cabal of English exceptionalists stole my dream and snuffed it out. From the age of 14, when I first went to Pierrefitte, then a village to [...]

17 09, 2021

WEBINAR: “Richard Coudenhove-Kalergi: A forgotten Father of Europe?”

By |2021-10-08T13:45:41+00:00September 17th, 2021|Categories: 2021, Europe, Federalism, Video|

7th October 2021 The former Director of the Federal Trust, Dr Martyn Bond, discussed his most recent book “Hitler’s Cosmopolitan Bastard”, a biography of Count Richard Coudenhove-Kalergi. Coudenhove-Kalergi (RCK) was a central figure in the history of European integration before and after the Second World War, arguing for a united [...]

10 09, 2021

EVENT: Climate Change: European responses to a global challenge

By |2021-11-09T18:30:30+00:00September 10th, 2021|Categories: 2021, Brexit, Climate Change, Europe, Video|Tags: , , , |

Joint event by the Federal Trust with Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung and Global Policy Institute 12th October 2021 The COP26 meeting, hosted by the UK in November, will turn the spotlight on the global challenge of tackling climate change. At our webinar, our expert panel discussed the public policy responses to this challenge [...]

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] [...]

1 09, 2021

Angela Merkel, Britain and Europe: a view from offshore

By |2021-09-02T11:23:42+00:00September 1st, 2021|Categories: Brexit, Europe, Europe, Global|Tags: , , , , |

This essay was commissioned by Léo Keller on behalf of the Blogazoi blog, as part of a collection to be published following the German election.   It is over 21 years since Angela Merkel took over from Wolfgang Schäuble as leader of the CDU, Germany’s most consistently successful political party. Schäuble, the [...]

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