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Deeds, not words: getting ready for the next stage of Brexit

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The torpor of summer is crawling across Europe: the siren call of that holiday you’ve promised yourself all year grows ever louder, even as your workplace empties. So what better time of year to be kicking off what prove to be a decisive stage in the Brexit process? Next Tuesday, we’ll find out who has […]

Finding Consensus in Fragmentation: The Scramble for the EU’s Top Jobs

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A Game of Musical Chairs Yesterday’s European Council Summit was derailed even before it started with leaders of the European People’s Party (EPP) rejecting the “Osaka Deal” that would have had Frans Timmermans installed as President of the European Commission, while EPP would have been left with the Parliament and, possibly, the High Representative for […]

Critics Claim That Europe’s Courts Are Unaccountable. Recent Cases Suggest Otherwise.

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Brexit supporters have claimed that European courts are out of touch and impose their will on an unwilling British public. Michael F. Harsch, Vladislav Maksimov, and Chris Wheeler argue that European courts are more accountable than these critics contend: when these courts defy the wishes of governments, judgements tend to align with public opinion.  One […]

Bojo’s bonkers Brexit

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So desperate is Boris Johnson for the keys to number 10, that he has conceded all the demands of the far-right of his Tory party, who have said they will withdraw their support for him if he doesn’t do what they say. The Guardian reported today, ‘Eurosceptics in the party were increasingly turning the screws […]

Bringing Nonviolence into the Building Sites of the European Union

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Nonviolence has an established tradition in several disciplines, including political theory, international relations and political science. But its potential for the European Union (EU) has not been appraised yet. Roberto Baldoli and Claudio M. Radaelli explore nonviolence as an analytical and normative framework for the study of the EU.  As eventful years go by, the European […]

Nobody voted for Brexit calamity

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Prime Minister, Theresa May, officially leaves office today, with many Tory candidates hoping to take her place. But a new Conservative Prime Minister doesn’t mean that their 2017 manifesto promises can be forgotten or forsaken. It was on their manifesto promises that the current Conservative party won power, regardless of who is their leader. The […]

Brexit will destroy our NHS

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 Click to view 2-minute video When USA President, Donald J. Trump, made a state visit to the UK this week, it wasn’t just to see the Queen, writes Jon Danzig. He also gleefully eyed all the British assets that could be available to his country in a fire-sale, free-trade “negotiation” with a country desperate to […]

Boris Johnson’s cake delusion

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When Boris Johnson became Foreign Secretary shortly after the referendum, he promised that Britain would get a great deal with the EU after Brexit, “of huge value, possibly greater value” than being a member of the EU. In an exclusive interview with The Sun published on 1 October 2016, Mr Johnson declared that he was […]

Three of a kind: Trump, Johnson and Farage

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The Times and other newspapers report today that President Trump has praised Boris Johnson and Nigel Farage as two “big powers” in Britain.  Trump congratulated the Brexit Party leader for his success in the European elections. Mr Trump said: “Nigel Farage is a friend of mine, Boris is a friend of mine. They are two very […]

A Night of Firsts: A Few Insights Into the European Elections

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— This post was originally written on the 27th of May, 2019 — I spent election night at Sciences Po for a soirée électorale européenne  that lasted five hours, listening to a live analysis of the first results by researchers and students across Europe. This is the gist of what has been discussed broadly and my […]

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