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 [...]

21 07, 2020

Is the European Union finally moving to an economic – not just a monetary – Union?

By |2020-07-21T14:06:08+00:00July 21st, 2020|Categories: Brexit, Climate Change, Coronavirus, Europe, Future of Europe|Tags: , , |

Photo copyright: European Union     by John Palmer Formerly European Editor of The Guardian and Political Director of the European Policy Centre in Brussels     There is not much of a market just now for optimism about our economic, social, political or environmental future. In the [...]

20 07, 2020

The Final Decade?

By |2020-07-20T14:57:47+00:00July 20th, 2020|Categories: Brexit, Climate Change, Federalism, Future of Europe, Views from the Federal Trust|Tags: , , |

  About the Author Tony Czarnecki is a futurist - a member of Chatham House and Managing Partner of Sustensis, London – a Think Tank for inspirations for Humanity's transition to coexistence with Superintelligence. In this article he presents his views on possible developments on the global, European and British [...]

16 07, 2020

The EU’s ambitious plans for a climate-neutral Europe

By |2020-07-16T15:15:31+00:00July 16th, 2020|Categories: Blog, Climate Change, EU Policies & Institutions|Tags: , , |

The European Commission has launched a Communication, on Energy System Integration (ESI) and Hydrogen strategies, as part of its framework for a climate-neutral Europe by 2050.  Along with the introduction of a proposed EU Climate Law enshrining the EU’s commitment to greenhouse emissions neutrality by that date, these two new strategies [...]

14 07, 2020

The German Presidency is a time of hope for the EU

By |2020-07-14T11:46:11+00:00July 14th, 2020|Categories: Coronavirus, EU Policies & Institutions, Europe, Future of Europe|Tags: , , , , |

Charles Michel, President of the European Council; Angela Merkel, German Federal Chancellor on 8th July 2020. Copyright: European Union   "The EU was born out of catastrophe and has advanced through crisis," wrote Martin Wolf, venerable economics commentator at the Financial Times, on June 2. It's a common [...]

13 07, 2020

Europe should never lose sight of the responsibility to protect

By |2020-07-13T12:32:55+00:00July 13th, 2020|Categories: Citizens’ rights, Europe, Migration & Identity, Views from the Federal Trust|Tags: |

Photo credit: Michael Büker / CC BY-SA   This article was first published by Voxeurop Srebrenica is a small town in Europe, located in the easternmost part of Republika Srpksa in Bosnia Herzegovina near the border with Serbia. As the crow flies, it lies just about half way between [...]

23 06, 2020

Why are we taking down statues and what does this tell us about who we Europeans are?

By |2020-06-23T11:50:44+00:00June 23rd, 2020|Categories: Europe, Migration & Identity|Tags: , |

The explosion of rage that followed the killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis has created a domino effect with statues being toppled around the world including here in Europe.   Churchill’s statue on Parliament Square ended up in a makeshift wooden shed for protection. It was only released when Emmanuel [...]

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 [...]

2 06, 2020

Next Generation EU (NGE): the Commission’s Covid-19 recovery package

By |2020-06-04T09:21:39+00:00June 2nd, 2020|Categories: Europe, Views from the Federal Trust|Tags: , , , , , |

Ursula von der Leyen, President of the European Commission, and Hugh Evans, Co-founder and CEO of Global Citizen, deliver a press statement on the next steps in the Coronavirus Global Response. Source: EC - Audiovisual Service; Photographer: Etienne Ansotte Next Generation EU (NGE): the [...]

15 04, 2020

Can the EU survive the virus?

By |2020-06-04T16:33:13+00:00April 15th, 2020|Categories: Coronavirus, EU Policies & Institutions, Europe, Future of Europe|Tags: , , |

EU Leaders’ video conference on COVID-19, 26th March 2020. Photo credit: Council of the European Union 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. 15th April 2020 “Forged in crisis.” “We’ll [...]