UK & Europe

Economy & Jobs 21-02-2017

Robots and Brexit: Indicators of the EU’s future?

Many British people voted to leave the EU because they felt like they had been abandoned by the European project. The Union cannot afford to let the same happen when it comes to robotisation, warns Nomi Byström.

08-02-2017

Knowledge: A Swiss Army knife for Brexit?

The Swiss and British referendums of 2014 and 2016, respectively, share some parallels. The way the Alpine republic resolved its dispute about free movement offers a number of lessons as the date for making Brexit official looms ever nearer, writes Giorgio Clarotti.

31-01-2017

Give young people a say over Brexit

If the EU and UK want to build public support for the Brexit negotiations, they need to include the younger generation. After all, young people that will be most affected by the process, write Sophie Pornschlegel and Marcel Hadeed.

Health 24-01-2017

Unhealthy divisions don’t help access to best healthcare

In the wake of the Brexit vote and Donald Trump being sworn in as US president, the divisions in crucial parts of the Western world are clear and stark, warns Denis Horgan.

Future EU 18-01-2017

In a fractured Europe, two celebrations could make or break the Union

The celebration of the Euro anniversary in March will be an opportunity to counter anti-euro parties, writes Paul Wallace. But European leaders may also want to reflect on the anniversary of the Reformation, which undermined the Holy Roman Empire, seen by some historians as an early version of the EU.

Future EU 18-01-2017

Pick-and-choose populism and the EU elite

EU leaders cannot exploit populism when it suits them and then complain when things do not go their way. We need strong leadership from the political mainstream to turn things around, write Petroula Nteledimou and Nikos Lampropoulos.

17-01-2017

May throws down gauntlet to European leaders

Watching Theresa May in a hotel room in the capital of a small European nation, not in the EU, has been a surreal experience. Her insistence that every other EU leader had to accept that their citizens cannot any longer travel to the UK on the terms they can today seemed borderline impertinent, writes Denis MacShane.

17-01-2017

The four possible Europes after Brexit

Brexit's impact on business will depend on which Europe emerges in the aftermath, writes Ilaria Maselli.

Elections 10-01-2017

One head, two votes: The case for a pan-European list for EU elections

In the 2019 European elections, voters should be able to cast two votes: one for their national representative and another for a second representative elected by a single European electoral college, argues Giorgio Clarotti.

04-01-2017

Sir Ivan Rogers leaves May’s small tent

Sir Ivan Rogers is not a Foreign Office smoothy, the kind of charming brilliant dip who used to live in the Rue Ducale and out-negotiate the Eurocrats with effortless ease, writes Denis MacShane, reflecting on the sudden departure of the UK's envoy to the EU.

Digital Single Market needs real skills and substance to succeed

Europe is creating digital jobs but lacks the skilled workforce to fill them. The Commission should promote the benefits of action at national level without drowning member states in red tape, writes Jamie Greene.

Future EU 13-12-2016

Brexit is a European problem the EU dodges at its own peril

The EU conveniently insists on the UK triggering Article 50 before discussing anything. This looks more like an excuse for inaction than a strategy for the millions of citizens anxiously waiting for what seems Godot, writes Melanie Sully.

06-12-2016

Brexit: Future of the European Arrest Warrant in question

With Brexit and two recent controversial cases of extradition requests made this year by Romania, the future of the European Arrest Warrant (EAW) is re-emerging as an issue of particular concern, not only in the UK but also in other EU member states, writes Willy Fautré.

Global Europe 24-11-2016

From Brexit to Trump: Transatlantic Allies in an era of unpredictability

Brexit and the election of Donald Trump as US President is not just a test for EU leaders and institutions, it’s test of free citizens in free societies, write Geoffrey Harris and Tim Oliver.

Elections 23-11-2016

Welcome to the Leak-ocracy:  Elections decided by Russian hackers and (Wiki)leaks

A new and disturbing factor emerged during this US presidential election, one that may change elections forever: democracies are now at the mercy of hacking and surveillance technologies, and those who control them. Steven Hill warns that Germany could be next.

21-11-2016

Now is the time for EU and UK to work together

Following the UK’s Brexit vote, the centre of the EU should take note that there is a decent majority of British people, including a currently disenfranchised younger generation, who have embraced the European ethos, writes Charles Collins.

Future EU 21-11-2016

The future’s bright, the future’s green

Europe and the wider world face a number of daunting challenges. But there is hope. Monica Frassoni insists that Europe’s greens will play a full part in changing things for the better.

Future EU 17-11-2016

European citizens, time to wake up!

The triumph of populism in Britain and the US should act as a wake-up call for citizens to support greater ambition for the European project, write signatories from the May 9 Movement.

16-11-2016

EU-UK relationship: We have to get better at telling the story of Europe

Europe fought hard to achieve the prosperity it enjoys today. As the dust settles on Brexit and negotiations get under way, neither the UK nor the EU should take these achievements for granted, writes Susan Danger.

Euro & Finance 16-11-2016

‘Stupid’ austerity has played into the hands of populism

Europe’s refusal to do away with austerity policies contributed to a huge external deficit across the Atlantic, while the EU remained in the black. That doesn’t mean we won though, warn Ernest Maragall and Jordi Angusto.

Future EU 14-11-2016

EU membership must matter

As the United Kingdom, a member state of over 40 years, opts for exit over voice and loyalty, it is opportune to address the question of EU membership and how it matters, writes Brigid Laffan.

Global Europe 10-11-2016

The insurgency takes Washington

Donald Trump’s victory in the 2016 US presidential elections marks a watershed moment in American political history, and, very possibly, world affairs, writes Giovanni Grevi.

Global Europe 10-11-2016

Why the EU must craft a tough pre-Trump agenda

Lulled by the opinion polls and its own wishful thinking, Europe expected US foreign policy continuity following a Hillary Clinton victory. Now, Europeans must awaken to the unpredictable change and volatility a Donald Trump presidency will bring, warns Giles Merritt.

Cross-border crime too great a threat to contemplate less cooperation

If European police and prosecutors are to cooperate effectively, legal mechanisms that provide a robust institutional framework have to be put in place and remain there, argues James Wolffe QC.