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 [...]

16 03, 2021

Europeans must keep building a more inclusive democracy

By |2021-03-16T13:56:15+00:00March 16th, 2021|Categories: Brexit, Citizens’ rights, Views from the Federal Trust|Tags: , , , , , |

This article was first published by The Brussels Times Belarus is a case apart but even inside the EU, states like Hungary are far from being in the top division when it comes to proving their democratic credentials. One indication of how committed the EU is in practice to the [...]

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 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 [...]

22 12, 2020

Freedom, equality and solidarity – what’s not to like?

By |2020-12-23T14:18:22+00:00December 22nd, 2020|Categories: Blog, Brexit, Citizens’ rights, EU Policies & Institutions, Europe, Future of Europe|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

In 2001, the late, great former Labour Foreign Secretary, Robin Cook, was President of the Party of European Socialists. The start of his period of office coincided with the heyday of British influence in Europe, a time when strong alliances were being built by Labour at every level - inter-governmental [...]

25 11, 2020

Can the EU function as a democracy without forming a state?

By |2020-11-25T15:44:10+00:00November 25th, 2020|Categories: EU Policies & Institutions, Europe, Federalism, Forthcoming Events, Future of Europe|Tags: , , , , , |

4th December 2020 19.30 - 21.00 REGISTER HERE Part of the joint Reflections on the Future of Europe series with New Europeans At this online discussion, Jaap Hoeksma asks "Can the EU be a democratic union of states and people at the same time?" Read his essay here: Replacing the Westphalian system [...]

27 10, 2020

Time to get serious about the Future of Europe Conference

By |2020-11-14T12:54:54+00:00October 27th, 2020|Categories: Citizens’ rights, EU Policies & Institutions, Future of Europe, Views from the Federal Trust|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

This article was first published by Euractiv with the title "We need to talk about the future of Europe". Our online world lends itself well to a conversation with citizens about the future of Europe. And yet, European leaders have so far failed to reach agreement, even on who should [...]

12 10, 2020

Replacing the Westphalian system – Essay on the Identification of the EU as a democratic Union of democratic States

By |2020-11-14T12:14:05+00:00October 12th, 2020|Categories: Citizens’ rights, EU Policies & Institutions, Future of Europe, Reports & Policy Briefs, 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?”, which can be downloaded for free here: https://www.wolfpublishers.eu/futureofeurope Executive Summary Since its foundation in the middle of the previous century, the EU and its [...]