28 02, 2024

A two-tier federal budget for the European Union

By |2024-02-28T15:53:21+00:00February 28th, 2024|Categories: EU Policies & Institutions, Europe, Federalism, Views from the Federal Trust|

Published by European Policy Centre The European Union is taking on new tasks. But unless legal and political constraints on its budget are lifted, the EU will be left with inadequate financial resources. In this Discussion Paper, the authors propose a radical restructuring of the EU budget after 2027 into [...]

4 01, 2024

‘What I want is a federalising Europe’: remembering Jacques Delors, a true EU champion

By |2024-01-04T18:02:30+00:00January 4th, 2024|Categories: EU Policies & Institutions, Europe, Federalism, Views from the Federal Trust|Tags: , , |

by John Palmer Former European editor, The Guardian, and former Political Director of the European Policy Centre; Our Council member John Palmer looks back on the achievements of former President of the European Commission Jacques Delors, who has died aged 98. Read the article on the Observer website here   [...]

4 01, 2024

Can a new statecraft save the UK’s dysfunctional Union?

By |2024-01-04T17:31:58+00:00January 4th, 2024|Categories: Devolution, Federalism, UK, UK Constitution, Views from the Federal Trust|Tags: , , , , |

by Paul Gillespie Director of the ‘Constitutional Futures after Brexit project’ in the School of Politics and International Relations at UCD; columnist with The Irish Times and member of the IIEA’s UK Expert Group This paper aims to examine the state of the UK government in 2023, how it has progressed to [...]

21 11, 2023

VIDEO: The UK as seen from Wales

By |2023-11-21T16:13:39+00:00November 21st, 2023|Categories: Devolution, Federalism, Scotland, UK Constitution, Video|Tags: , , , , |

In this video the former First Minister of Wales, Carwyn Jones, discusses with Brendan Donnelly and Glyndwr Cennydd Jones current thinking in Wales on the UK’s constitutional future. All three participants drew attention to the apparent contradiction between claims of Welsh and Scottish sovereignty on the one hand and the [...]

14 11, 2023

A Tram-Ride in 1923 – German Hyperinflation in the 1920s

By |2023-11-14T15:43:48+00:00November 14th, 2023|Categories: Europe, Other, UK, Views from the Federal Trust|

Talk continues about the coming of the digital pound.  Like the closure of high street banks, it is the presumed inevitable consequence of the decline in the use of coins and banknotes.  We are told that by 2031 only 6 per cent of Britain’s transactions will be in cash, the [...]

30 10, 2023

VIDEO: Brexit Failing Northern Ireland

By |2023-10-30T16:55:44+00:00October 30th, 2023|Categories: Brexit, Devolution, Europe, Federalism, Video|Tags: , , , , |

In this Federal Trust video, Geoff Martin, former representative of the European Commission in Belfast and London, discusses the situation in Northern Ireland after the Windsor Framework. He expects an initiative from the British government designed to encourage the DUP to return to Stormont. Interest will then switch to the [...]

17 10, 2023

Europe’s Federal Imperial Union

By |2023-10-17T15:03:14+00:00October 17th, 2023|Categories: EU Policies & Institutions, Europe, Federalism, Future of Europe, Global, Views from the Federal Trust|Tags: , |

In its time, Europe has known a lot of empires. Some, like Napoleon’s, arose from an excess of revolutionary fervour. Others, pre-eminently the Hapsburgs, were based on dynastic inheritance. The Soviet Union was forged by Bolshevist ideology. The Ottomans had a religious cause. Some empires were more enlightened than others, [...]

13 10, 2023

VIDEO: Local decisions are better decisions

By |2023-10-13T14:58:10+00:00October 13th, 2023|Categories: Devolution, Federalism, Scotland, UK, UK Constitution, Video|

In this Federal Trust video Professor Sam Whimster and Dr. Andrew Black argue in favour of a radical overhaul of the relationship between the central British government and regional/local authorities. In recent years, the UK has become a more centralised political system, not least through the financial dominance of the [...]

13 10, 2023

Why the EU should not be Deconstructed but Rejoined

By |2023-10-13T06:48:12+00:00October 13th, 2023|Categories: Brexit, Europe, Federalism, Views from the Federal Trust|Tags: , , , |

Ten years after the announcement of the referendum on British membership of the EU, the debate about the EU is returning to Westminster. While mainstream political parties argue that Brexit is a reality, citizens and businesses increasingly feel betrayed. So, what to do about the EU? ‘Eurowhiteness’ The book ‘Eurowhiteness’ [...]

31 08, 2023

EVENT: The EU in 2033

By |2023-10-23T15:05:01+00:00August 31st, 2023|Categories: 2023, Europe, Future of Europe, Global, Other, UK|Tags: , , |

21st October 2023 WHAT WILL THE EU LOOK LIKE IN 2033? Joint Conference by The Federal Trust and James Madison Charitable Trust The next decade is likely to see significant widening and deepening of the Union. Whether because of Brexit or because of external events, rapid reform for the EU, [...]

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