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 [...]

26 02, 2021

The UK’s European and Constitutional Challenges Collide

By |2021-02-26T11:03:50+00:00February 26th, 2021|Categories: Blog, Brexit, Devolution, Europe, Scotland, UK Constitution, Views from the Federal Trust|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |

The UK’s politics failed in the face of Brexit for a mixture of reasons. There were three main causes. First, the ideology and dishonesty at the heart of the pro-Brexiters’ campaigning was, and remains, central. Second, Labour’s opposition to Brexit foundered on internal splits and a leader, Jeremy Corbyn, who [...]

19 02, 2021

Video: Brexit: Ending the City’s Dominance of European Finance?

By |2021-02-19T14:19:43+00:00February 19th, 2021|Categories: Brexit, Trade, Trade & Financial services, Video|Tags: , , , , , , , |

In this new Federal Trust video, our Council member Graham Bishop discusses the consequences of Brexit for the City of London. He draws particular attention to the reduction of the government’s tax revenues that is likely to follow reduction of the City’s access to the EU market:   You can [...]

19 02, 2021

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

By |2021-03-10T10:22:31+00:00February 19th, 2021|Categories: 2021, Brexit, EU Policies & Institutions, Foreign Policy & Defence|Tags: , , , |

Joint event by the Federal Trust, Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung and Global Policy Institute 9th March 2021   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 has been challenged during the Trump administration, while Brexit [...]

12 02, 2021

Video: The economic disruption of Brexit

By |2021-02-12T14:38:07+00:00February 12th, 2021|Categories: Brexit, Europe, Video|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

In his latest video podcast, our Director Brendan Donnelly describes the economic disruption caused by Brexit, especially in Northern Ireland. He warns that attempts by the British government to divert attention from the economic problems of Brexit by stoking disputes with the EU about already signed treaties will be unsuccessful: [...]

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 [...]

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 |2021-03-24T12:27:27+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. This article was first published by Yorkshire Bylines.   There is growing momentum behind the campaign to reverse the UK Government’s decision to exit the European Union’s Erasmus programme, [...]