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 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 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?
Commentary by Kirsten WILLIAMS On 16 September, EU officials will meet in Slovakia’s capital, Bratislava, for an informal ‘summit’. While a seismic change in the way the EU functions is not on the cards, European leaders will be discussing some of the issues currently challenging the bloc. First on the agenda is likely to be … More EU Leaders in Bratislava: What to Expect
Commentary by Gabriella Atkins The recent decision by 26 mayors in the south of France to ban the ‘burquini’, and subsequent photographs appearing to show armed police forcing a woman to remove her clothing, has precipitated controversy and outrage. In London, in a protest outside the French embassy women united to demonstrate for their freedom to … More The Burquini Was Designed to Liberate Women, Not Enslave Them