14 04, 2021

Book Review: A European giant little known in the UK

By |2021-04-16T09:06:47+00:00April 14th, 2021|Categories: EU Policies & Institutions, Europe, Federalism, Views from the Federal Trust|Tags: , , , , , , |

Book Review by Brendan Donnelly, Director of The Federal Trust, of “Hitler's Cosmopolitan Bastard" by Dr Martyn Bond   Martyn Bond’s fascinating biography of Count Richard Coudenhove-Kalergi (RCK) can be read and enjoyed on a number of levels, as a biography of its subject, as a history of European politics [...]

13 04, 2021

Labour, Brexit and the constitution: Waiting for the dog to bark

By |2021-04-13T13:19:30+00:00April 13th, 2021|Categories: Blog, Brexit, Europe, UK Constitution|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

The UK faces various serious difficulties at present that share a common cause. Brexit does not explain each of them in its entirety. But it is fundamental to an understanding of them all. There is already clear evidence of departure from the EU’s inflicting substantial economic damage on the UK. [...]

30 03, 2021

Video: The fallout from Brexit continues

By |2021-03-30T16:44:08+00:00March 30th, 2021|Categories: Brexit, Europe, Scotland, Video|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

In this new video, our Chairman, John Stevens, and Director, Brendan Donnelly, discuss the post-Brexit state of UK/EU relations. They argue that the present British government will generally seek  a confrontational relationship with the EU over the coming months. This confrontation will be a source of instability in Northern Ireland and encourage the forces [...]

26 03, 2021

From fishing fleets to breweries, companies in the north-east face ruin under the Brexit deal

By |2021-03-26T13:12:47+00:00March 26th, 2021|Categories: Brexit, Europe, Trade, Views from the Federal Trust|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

by Baroness Quin The Rt Hon. Baroness Joyce Quin is a member of the House of Lords.  She previously served in both the European Parliament and the House of Commons where she was MP for Gateshead. She was a government minister between 1997 and 2001 including being Minister for Europe. [...]

24 03, 2021

Turing’s one-way street does not match the Erasmus highway

By |2021-03-24T12:32:16+00:00March 24th, 2021|Categories: Blog, Brexit, 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. Internationally, there is widespread recognition for the impressive reputation and record of the EU’s Erasmus Plus programme as a [...]

23 03, 2021

Does the Integrated Review Make Sense?

By |2021-03-23T15:56:08+00:00March 23rd, 2021|Categories: Blog, Brexit, Europe, Foreign Policy & Defence|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

The government’s new Integrated Review is by and large an unimpressive document. It is long and repetitive, with for example the phrase “S&T a core skill” appearing 48 times. It is intellectually self-contradictory in its constant tension between Britain’s post Brexit “independence” and the need for multilateralism. It is work [...]

23 03, 2021

Six ways to make the Conference on the Future of Europe a success

By |2021-03-23T12:51:17+00:00March 23rd, 2021|Categories: Future of Europe, Views from the Federal Trust|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , |

By Bent Noerby Bonde and Roger Casale Bent Noerby Bonde is Secretary General of Europe’s People’s Forum. Roger Casale is president of Europe’s People’s Forum and the founder of New Europeans. This article was first published by The Parliament Magazine.   Europeans want to talk about the future. That was the [...]

22 03, 2021

First America.  Now Europe. Nationalist Populist Politics Losing Appeal Except in Britain

By |2021-03-24T14:54:25+00:00March 22nd, 2021|Categories: Brexit, Europe, Views from the Federal Trust|Tags: , , , , , |

by Denis MacShane Former Minister for Europe. His latest book Brexiternity. The Uncertain Fate of Britain is published by IB Tauris-Bloomsbury. Recent elections in Europe raise the question: Is the decade of populism over? For ten years the heralds of populism from the Dutch-American Professor, Cas Mudde, a  favourite of the Guardian on the [...]

17 03, 2021

North East England can bounce back from Covid and Brexit

By |2021-03-17T12:43:45+00:00March 17th, 2021|Categories: Brexit, Coronavirus, North East|

by James Ramsbotham CBE James Ramsbotham CBE, Chief Executive of the North East of England Chamber of Commerce.    From a distinguished army career in the Royal Green Jackets he later worked for Barclays Bank and was Vice Chair of the Esh Group construction and built environment group of companies.  James also [...]

16 03, 2021

AI, London and Europe

By |2021-03-16T18:32:24+00:00March 16th, 2021|Categories: Brexit, Coronavirus, Europe, London|

by Dr Hugh Lawson-Tancred, Associate Research Fellow at Birkbeck, University of London and Henry C.W. Price, Doctoral Researcher, Imperial College London   Mankind's last invention At the present critical juncture of world history, it is of vital strategic interest for the European Union to develop the capacity to match and perhaps [...]