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13 07, 2020

Scotland’s England Problem

By |2020-07-13T10:29:51+00:00July 13th, 2020|Categories: Brexit, Devolution, Federalism, Federalism, Scotland, UK Constitution, UK Devolution|Tags: , , , |

That the UK’s union of four nations is under strain is not new to anyone who has been paying attention. But the combined impacts of Brexit, Covid-19 and the Conservative government under Boris Johnson are driving an increasing wedge between Scotland and the rest of the UK – or, more [...]

3 07, 2020

Is Europe copying the mistakes of America’s 4th July?

By |2020-07-03T09:52:07+00:00July 3rd, 2020|Categories: Brexit, Europe, Federalism, Global, Views from the Federal Trust|Tags: , , |

This is a shortened version of a longer article, which is available here: Misunderstanding America’s 4th July – Is Europe copying only the Mistakes? It is a melancholy thing to see a historical drama being imitated and replayed blindly. The more melancholy, when it is happening to a friendly country. [...]

3 07, 2020

Misunderstanding America’s 4th July – Is Europe copying the mistakes?

By |2020-07-03T09:49:48+00:00July 3rd, 2020|Categories: Brexit, Europe, Federalism, Global, Views from the Federal Trust|Tags: , , |

It is a melancholy thing to see a historical drama being imitated and replayed blindly. The more melancholy, when it is happening to a friendly country. It would be doubly saddening to see an attempt at replaying America’s triumphs and tragedies in England, where they can be repeated only on [...]

17 06, 2020

The Union restored to full health?

By |2020-06-17T10:35:57+00:00June 17th, 2020|Categories: Coronavirus, Europe, Federalism, Views from the Federal Trust|Tags: , , , |

The excitedly visionary – or fantasist – proponents of "more Europe" are already talking about a new Health Union alongside Fiscal Union, Defense Union and even the seemingly more mundane Banking Union. In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, Ursula von der Leyen and her college of commissioners have seized [...]

10 06, 2020

What is a Hamilton moment?

By |2020-06-16T14:18:30+00:00June 10th, 2020|Categories: EU Policies & Institutions, Europe, Federalism, Future of Europe, Views from the Federal Trust|Tags: , , |

by Professor Sam Whimster Deputy Director & Head of UK Futures Programme, Global Policy Institute     Have I seen this musical before? No, that is not a Hamilton moment, but the musical is based on Ron Chernow's excellent biography of one of America's founding fathers, Alexander Hamilton. We used [...]

4 06, 2020

The German Constitutional Court Decision on PSPP

By |2020-06-04T14:59:49+00:00June 4th, 2020|Categories: Europe, Federalism, Views from the Federal Trust|

  By Dr Michael Lloyd Senior Research Fellow, Global Policy Institute   Media commentators’ concern over the German Constitutional Court (BVG) ruling on the European Central Bank’s (ECB) Public Sector Purchase Programme (PSPP) appears to have been replaced by concerns over the consideration by the Bank of England over the [...]

26 05, 2020

Federal states deal best with the pandemic

By |2020-06-04T11:19:34+00:00May 26th, 2020|Categories: Blog, Coronavirus, Devolution, Federalism, Federalism, Scotland|Tags: , , , |

by David GowEditor of Sceptical.scot, Senior Adviser at Social Europe and Senior Adviser at Acumen Public Affairs. He is former European Business Editor of The Guardian and worked for The Scotsman and London Weekend Television. 26th May 2020 Federal Germany has won substantial plaudits around the world, not least in other parts of Europe, for its comparative [...]

28 02, 2020

An evening with Miha Pogačnik – #EuropeFutureFringe

By |2020-06-12T14:23:44+00:00February 28th, 2020|Categories: 2020, Federalism, Future of Europe|Tags: , |

 2nd March 2020 Event by New Europeans, Sustensis and The Federal Trust https://vimeo.com/395932651 Brendan Donnelly, Director, The Federal Trust https://vimeo.com/395935656 Tony Czarnecki, Sustensis and New Europeans https://vimeo.com/395941393 Miha Pogacnik, Ambassador of Culture of the Republic of Slovenia SPEAKERS European DemocracyBrendan Donnelly, Director, The Federal Trust Citizens’ Assemblies and democratic reformsTony Czarnecki, New Europeans London [...]

6 11, 2019

From the European Union to the Human Federation

By |2020-06-15T10:18:56+00:00November 6th, 2019|Categories: 2019, Europe, Federalism, Global|Tags: , , , |

Preparing Humanity for coexistence with Superintelligence 2nd December 2019 Lecture and Discussion with Tony Czarnecki, presenting his forthcoming book: Democracy for Human Federation – Coexisting with Superintelligence(external link to Amazon) Respondent: David Wood, Chair of London Futurists and Co-Founder of the Transhumanist Party Videos of the presentation and the response: [...]

10 09, 2019

Federalism in Practice: Public Finance and a Democratic Union in Myanmar

By |2020-06-15T10:22:47+00:00September 10th, 2019|Categories: 2019, Federalism, Global|Tags: , |

30th September 2019 March 2016 saw Myanmar’s first democratically elected government to take office since 1962, though under a constitution that gives veto powers to non-elected representatives.  Before it took office the National League for Democracy (NLD) set out a new direction for the country, stating that it would ‘strive [...]