6 01, 2021

Farewell to freedom of movement

By |2021-01-07T15:46:16+00:00January 6th, 2021|Categories: Brexit, Citizens’ rights, Europe, Migration & Identity, Views from the Federal Trust|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

This article was first published in The New European Free movement of people is one of the EU’s most celebrated achievements. According to the December Eurobarometer survey, 81% of Europeans think free movement has benefitted the economy. Yet in Britain, it is often cited as one of the main reasons [...]

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 [...]

2 11, 2020

They come to bury the European Convention on Human Rights, not to praise it

By |2020-11-14T13:01:17+00:00November 2nd, 2020|Categories: Citizens’ rights, Europe|Tags: , , , , , , , |

70 years ago, on 4 November 1950, the European Convention on Human Rights was signed in Rome. The ECHR was a remarkable achievement. Like its better known cousin, the EU, it has become a foundation stone of post-war peace and stability in Europe. We should heap praise on the ECHR, [...]

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 [...]

23 09, 2020

Stand with Belarus – it’s a matter of principle

By |2020-10-09T09:51:59+00:00September 23rd, 2020|Categories: Europe, Views from the Federal Trust|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

This article was written for Euractiv Italia.   “Don’t leave Belarus alone!” That was the message of a conference organised by New Europeans with human rights campaigners from Belarus, Ukraine and Russia to mark International Democracy Day, 15 September. Watch the conference here. In a moving address from her home outside [...]