12 10, 2020

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

By |2020-10-13T12:41:15+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 [...]

1 10, 2020

Don’t just blame Johnson, blame the Brexit he enabled

By |2020-10-09T11:24:51+00:00October 1st, 2020|Categories: Brexit, Europe, Europe|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Photo credit: Steve Nimmons / CC BY There is a celebrated passage in Marcel Proust’s “Sodom and Gomorrah” where the narrator sums up the nature of a character, Charles Morel, who in some sense encapsulates all that is vile in the values of his milieu. Morel, we are [...]

2 09, 2020

Level Playing Field, Lopsided Logic?

By |2020-09-02T12:35:02+00:00September 2nd, 2020|Categories: Brexit, Europe, Trade, Trade & Financial services|Tags: , , , , |

When the United Kingdom (UK) finally left the European Union (EU) earlier this year, it did so on the basis of a Withdrawal Agreement, attached to which was a Political Declaration. This latter text included within it a shared goal of establishing a Free Trade Agreement (FTA). The two parties [...]

2 09, 2020

17 million mobile citizens need a voice in the EU

By |2020-09-02T11:19:54+00:00September 2nd, 2020|Categories: Citizens’ rights, Future of Europe, Views from the Federal Trust|Tags: , , , |

This article was first published in the The Brussels Times One of the EU’s key achievements is freedom of movement. Nearly 17 million EU citizens live in another EU member state and far more travel regularly within the EU for work, to study or simply to visit family and friends. [...]

13 08, 2020

Can Johnson avoid a no-deal Brexit?

By |2020-08-13T16:35:12+00:00August 13th, 2020|Categories: Brexit, Europe, Views from the Federal Trust|Tags: , , , , , |

This article was first published by The Parliament Magazine. There was a time when Brexit was the only thing we wanted to talk about. Now it seems to be a conversation stopper on both sides of the channel. Many Britons are walking instead of talking. A recent study has shown [...]

13 08, 2020

The EU and media freedom

By |2020-08-13T16:01:49+00:00August 13th, 2020|Categories: Citizens’ rights, EU Policies & Institutions, Views from the Federal Trust|Tags: , , , , |

This is a shortened version of a joint article by Eszter Nagy and Roger Casale published on Voxeurop on 28th July 2020 (No impunity for the abuse of press freedom in Hungary).   No sooner had EU leaders returned from a marathon EU summit in July than Szabolcs Dull, editor-in-chief [...]

6 08, 2020

The Triple Tragedy of Brexit

By |2020-08-06T12:35:30+00:00August 6th, 2020|Categories: Brexit, Federalism, Future of 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?", which can be downloaded for free here: https://www.wolfpublishers.eu/futureofeurope   The EU27 Summit, during which the political leaders of [...]

31 07, 2020

A historic EU budget and recovery package deal?

By |2020-07-31T08:44:14+00:00July 31st, 2020|Categories: Coronavirus, EU Policies & Institutions, Future of Europe, Views from the Federal Trust|Tags: , , , |

Ursula von der Leyen and Charles Michel at the Special European Summit, 20/7/20; Photo credit: European Union   This article was first published on The UK in a Changing Europe. In the end they did it. After a marathon meeting, stretching from Friday 17 July until the wee small hours [...]

24 07, 2020

Consolidating rights and values should be at the heart of the recovery programme

By |2020-07-24T10:17:24+00:00July 24th, 2020|Categories: Citizens’ rights, Future of Europe, Migration & Identity, Views from the Federal Trust|Tags: , , , |

Roundtable Special European Council (17/07/20, Bruxelles); Copyright: EU This article was first published in the Brussels Times. The European Council has agreed the next multi-annual financial framework but postponed a decision about how to make the new recovery funds conditional on respect for democracy, human rights and the [...]

24 07, 2020

Whatever the odds on undoing Brexit?

By |2020-07-24T07:50:47+00:00July 24th, 2020|Categories: Brexit, Europe|Tags: , , |

by Professor Richard Rose FBA University of Strathclyde; Visiting Fellow, European University Institute Florence; Fellow, Wissenschaftszentrum Berlin; Author of How Referendums Challenge European Democracy: Brexit & Beyond (Palgrave, 2020)     In taking back all controls from the EU, Boris Johnson’s government has also taken full responsibility for what happens [...]