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Brexit 06-07-2016

A wakeup call for Europe

The UK referendum was a clear signal that Europe is not working. Citizens are tired of paternalistic, closed-door decision-making. The time for a democratic overhaul is now, writes Gerald Häfner.
Andrew Duff
Brexit 19-11-2015

Making the Brexit deal ‘formal, legally-binding and irreversible’

If the heads of government want to placate Cameron, they can promise to change the treaty in the future, but such a promise will be neither legally-binding nor irreversible, writes Andrew Duff.
Civil society initiative Europe+
EU Priorities 2020 07-07-2014

A call for the renewal of European democracy

Anti-democratic forces are gaining ground at many levels of European society. Now is the time for Europe to renew democracy and introduce participation, Niccolo Milanese and Peter Oomsels write.
Future EU 04-07-2013

Duff: Polarisation will boost turnout in European elections

Ahead of a vote in Parliament today (4 July) on a resolution aimed at giving political parties the same rulebook for the European elections in May 2014, liberal rapporteur Andrew Duff told EURACTIV that campaigns should offer a greater European dimension.
Future EU 27-08-2012

Merkel mulls ‘convention’ to draw up new EU treaty

German Chancellor Angela Merkel is considering an EU 'convention' to draw up a new treaty for closer European political unification and help overcome the bloc's sovereign debt crisis, the weekly Der Spiegel reported on Sunday (26 August). Merkel later denied the report.
Future EU 30-11-2011

Gross: Citizens’ initiative is a ‘weak’ democratic tool

The European citizens' initiative, one of the main innovations of the Lisbon Treaty to engage the citizens of Europe, is too weak to bridge the democratic gap as it preserves the the legislative monopoly of the European Commission, Switzerland’s leading expert on direct democracy said in an interview with EURACTIV.
EU Priorities 2020 11-01-2006

Austria’s Haider affair gave the EU an ’emergency brake’

Unwittingly Austria created EU history in January 2000 when a far right party joined its government. EU leaders panicked and isolated Vienna. EURACTIV looks at the legacy of those heady days and months.
Future EU 12-03-2003

The Convention: Does a deeper debate favour consensus?

The Convention: Does a deeper debate favour consensus? The first informal plenary session of the Convention took place on 5 March. While the in-depth discussion allowed for real interaction between Convention members, consensus-building clearly remains a difficult exercise. Convention continues...
Future EU 10-03-2003

The Convention: approaching the endgame

The Convention: approaching the endgame With the Convention approaching its final stages, one of its leading members, Andrew Duff MEP, in an interview with Giovanni Grevi, argues that a consensus outcome is probable but it may exclude some important political...