Sir Graham Watson

16-01-2019

With ‘No deal’ ruled out, Brexit can be averted

After Tuesday's huge defeat of Theresa May's draft EU Withdrawal Agreement, 'no deal' is out and 'no Brexit' back on, writes Sir Graham Watson.
Enlargement 12-04-2018

Time for a Juncker re-set: The importance of a membership perspective for the Western Balkans

To ensure the security and stability of the Western Balkans, the perspective of membership may no longer be enough. The EU should push back against Russian propaganda and engage in smarter outreach. It needs a new, more confident approach, writes Sir Graham Watson.
Elections 09-10-2017

EU failure to respond to plight of the Catalans is shameful

In Catalonia, there appears to be a majority in favour of independence at least as great as the majority in the UK which voted for Brexit. The EU cannot continue to close its eyes to what is happening, writes Sir Graham Watson.
Competition 07-09-2017

The EU’s expanding view of mergers

The EU has stepped up its anti-trust game. But is looking at market share a flawed criterion to ensure consumers' interests? The forthcoming merger of eyewear giants Luxottica and Essilor will be telltale.
Europe's East 28-06-2017

A quiet Ukrainian success for the EU

The EU may have its hands full with Donald Trump and Brexit. But quietly, modestly, things are starting to go right in Ukraine, writes Sir Graham Watson.
Brexit 27-06-2016

Door-slamming reactions to the UK won’t help

The UK needs 12-16 weeks to order its affairs. In the meantime, door-slamming reactions from the EU can only be counterproductive, Sir Graham Watson writes.
Global Europe 17-03-2016

Europe is lucky to have a candidate fitting the criteria for UN Secretary General

In Europe, we are lucky to have a candidate who more than adequately fulfills these criteria. Her name is Irina Bokova, writes Sir Graham Watson.
Economy & Jobs 05-02-2016

Europe’s other Russia ‘problem’

Russia’s economy continues to die a slow death, and is forecasted to contract even further this year. Europe must shine a spotlight on Russian business practices that threaten to have a global impact, writes Sir Graham Watson.
Brexit 04-09-2015

Why David Cameron could lose his referendum

David Cameron's biggest problem is how little UK citizens know about the EU. Britain's EU partners best bet would be to speed up the debate on greater economic competitiveness in the hope that Brits will vote to stay, writes Graham Watson.

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