Commentary by Louis VIS Whilst the idea of a single currency for the whole of the European Union (EU) gained momentum from 1969 onwards, it had to wait until the signing of the Maastricht Treaty in 1992 and the strong leadership of Jacques Delors, then President of the European Commission, to become a concrete European … More Who is to Blame for the State of the Eurozone?
Commentary by Gabriella AKTINS Whilst the negotiation of an EU-Canada trade deal may seem of little significance to the UK in the light of Theresa May’s first EU summit as Prime Minister, the difficulties the EU is facing should be a grave warning for the UK. Currently, the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement with Canada (CETA) … More Why Wallonia’s Blocking of CETA is a Concern for the UK
Commentary by Gabriella ATKINS Ask parents of the millennial generation how they feel about the prospects for their children and the majority will answer with a reticent scepticism. House prices mean many will be unable to afford to enter the property ladder; climate change means children are paying for the sins of their parents; and … More The Re-emergence of the Zero-sum Economy
Commentary by Gabriella ATKINS The 2016 US presidential elections have provided entertainment watching for observant countries. However, whilst the rise of Donald Trump initially proved diverting, the worrying reality is that Mr Trump is now one of two remaining presidential candidates. And he isn’t going away. His performance in the most recent presidential debates might seem … More The Rise of Donald Trump, Marine Le Pen and Nigel Farage… Why Now?
Commentary by Louis VIS During the UK’s EU referendum campaign, many argued that a Brexit vote would put the country’s universities at risk. Last month, the University of Oxford became the first UK University to top a global league table. So what can explain Oxford’s success? The key to this is that Brexit has not … More What Will Brexit Mean for UK Universities?
Commentary by Danaë LAZARI The Brexit referendum has dominated EU media for many months, but upcoming referendums in other EU Member States also have the potential to uproot the conventional policies of those states, with significant consequences for the EU. On Tuesday, it was announced that the Italian referendum on constitutional reform will take place on … More The EU’s Next Referendum: Hungary and the Migrant Relocation Mechanism
Commentary by Louis VIS In a recent series of articles on Euroscepticism, I demonstrated that the United Kingdom was the European Union’s most Eurosceptic Member State. In light of these findings, I also tried to explain that ultimately a mix of political, social and cultural factors are also needed to fully explain people’s perception of … More Why is the UK so Eurosceptic?