9 05, 2022

Celebrating Europe Day 2022

By |2022-05-11T10:07:56+00:00May 9th, 2022|Categories: Brexit, Europe, Future of Europe, Views from the Federal Trust|Tags: , , , , , , |

Against all odds, the Conference on the Future of Europe has shown that it is quite possible for the EU to function as a European democracy of states and citizens. In the process the European Union has overcome its long-standing stalemate in the debate about the end goal of the [...]

4 05, 2022

WEBINAR: What kind of federation for the European Union?

By |2022-05-19T10:40:48+00:00May 4th, 2022|Categories: 2022, Blog, Europe, Federalism, Future of Europe|Tags: , , , |

18th May 2022 WATCH THE RECORDED LIVESTREAM HERE or in the player below:   Presentation by Tony Czarnecki - Economist, futurist, and Managing Partner of Sustensis, London Followed by a discussion chaired by Brendan Donnelly, Director, The Federal Trust   Although the European Federation is formally not on the EU [...]

18 03, 2022

The Democratisation of Europe

By |2022-03-18T13:37:05+00:00March 18th, 2022|Categories: Citizens’ rights, EU Policies & Institutions, Future of Europe, Views from the Federal Trust|Tags: , , |

In all its atrocity, the Russian invasion of Ukraine may serve to recall that the democratisation of Europe is both a momentous achievement and an ongoing challenge. The democratisation of Europe, which started in the middle of the 20th century in reaction to the atrocities of the Second World War, [...]

4 03, 2022

The Ukrainian War and the Mistake of Brexit

By |2022-03-22T14:13:23+00:00March 4th, 2022|Categories: Brexit, Europe, Global, Views from the Federal Trust|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

The war, in which the Ukrainian army and citizens are defending the sovereignty of their country against foreign aggression, is about values. The values of human dignity, respect for life, democracy and the rule of law are under attack from a superpower, which is still thinking in geopolitical terms of [...]

15 11, 2021

Webinar: A Citizens’ Senate – Towards Consensual Presidential Democracy

By |2021-12-01T14:39:15+00:00November 15th, 2021|Categories: 2021, Citizens’ rights, Future of Europe, UK|Tags: , , , , |

30th November 2021 How to move from adversarial democracy toward consensual democracy? At this event, Tony Czarnecki, author of the recent Federal Trust blog Citizens’ Senate – Towards Consensual Presidential Democracy, discussed his ideas on how to renew and invigorate the democratic system in the UK. He favours a system of merging [...]

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 [...]

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), [...]

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] [...]

24 06, 2021

The Identity of the EU

By |2021-06-24T12:14:31+00:00June 24th, 2021|Categories: Europe, Future of Europe|Tags: , , , , , |

From Unidentified Political Object to European Democracy Thirty years after the foundation of the European Union by virtue of the 1992 Maastricht Treaty the nature of the Union has been established at last. At the time of its creation as successor of the European Communities the EU used to be [...]

4 05, 2021

Building Bridges in times of Divergence

By |2021-05-04T15:10:19+00:00May 4th, 2021|Categories: Brexit, EU Policies & Institutions, Europe, Future of Europe|Tags: , , , , , , |

Within ten days after the finalisation of the UK withdrawal from the EU, the European Union is to start an ambitious Conference on the Future of Europe. The aim of the Conference is to discuss the place of the citizens in the construction of the Union and to underpin European [...]

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