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Arctic Agenda 10-03-2020

Forget Europe: Scots scout warmer Arctic connections

Amidst Brexit rubble, Scotland is sporting a newfangled cosmopolitan coat up north, writes Antonio Alcazar. Antonio Alcazar is a researcher at the Central European University’s School of Public Policy. In 2016, Scottish voters decided overwhelmingly to remain in the EU....
Brexit 20-03-2017

Scots are tired of never-ending referendums

Scottish people are tired of referendums, writes MEP Ian Duncan, who argues that the conditions for a Scottish independence vote have not been met.
Brexit 15-03-2017

Scotland’s independence debate is now intrinsically tied with Brexit

Scotland's nationalists hope the country’s pro-EU stance will translate into votes for independence. To ensure a European future for an independent Scotland, the next referendum must take place before the UK and the EU drift too far apart, writes Anthony Salamone.

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 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.

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.

Brexit 19-10-2016

Breaking up the UK

Brexit has thrown into question the future trajectory of the UK, and the Conservative government is in the driving seat. A second referendum is potentially a necessary intervention to push back against the reactionary forces mobilised by the Leave camp, argues Josh White.
Elections 03-10-2016

EU should get involved in mediating Catalan debate

As Catalonia pledges to hold a referendum on independence from Spain in September 2017, Catalan MEP Josep-Maria Terricabras calls on the EU to be involved and mediate between the two parties.
Brexit 13-07-2016

Scotland offers Europe hope after Brexit catastrophe

Scotland has not let Europe down; it has given the EU the opportunity to salvage something from the wreckage of Brexit, writes Mark Dawson.
Brexit 30-06-2016

After Brexit: The Fall?

Historians warn against reading too much into the importance of the present, but it’s difficult not to worry about the impact of the UK’s vote. Brexit was a distinctly British decision but has knock-on effects for the UK, for Europe and for the wider world, writes Mark Rhinard.
Brexit 27-06-2016

Why Brexit will not happen

MEP Sorin Moisa argues that the "Big Lie" promoted by the Leave campaign will be exposed before Britain can actually leave the EU, and that a second referendum will reject Brexit.
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.
Brexit 13-06-2016

Brexit could destroy the UK as we know it

The implications for the imminent referendum on Britain’s membership of the European Union are huge and wide-ranging - they really couldn’t be any greater, writes Sajjad Karim.
Climate change 30-05-2016

How cities are using the green economy to solve Europe’s employment crisis

Green Week opens today with a focus on greener cities: how can we make our cities more sustainable and liveable, asks Anna Lisa Boni.
Big Ben
Brexit 25-02-2016

Three plan Bs for Brexit

Three possible 'plan Bs' for Brexit are defined in research carried out by Michael Emerson, in a 24-page policy paper spanning a range of views, from which EURACTIV publishes the Executive Summary.
Brexit 08-02-2016

Seven steps to winning a referendum

Nicholas Whyte takes a journey back in time to previous referendums in order to consider whether the UK and EU can learn anything from the lessons of the past.
Brexit 29-01-2016

UK disintegration could come from England, not Scotland

It is often imagined that a potential break-up of the United Kingdom might originate from Scotland, after a “No” vote on Britain’s EU membership. In fact, the biggest threat to the UK's unity could reside in a more assertive England, writes Melanie Sully.
Edinburgh
Brexit 25-01-2016

Scotland will keep the UK in the EU

The people of Scotland and the rest of the United Kingdom will soon decide whether the UK should remain a member of the European Union. The Scottish government is determined to make the case for continued membership, writes Humza Yousaf.
Brexit 14-09-2015

Some open questions in Britain’s EU referendum puzzle

David Cameron has spoken of restricting benefits received by EU migrants. But details on the reforms he has requested, in exchange for Britain remaining in the EU, are vague, writes Melanie Sully.
Flooding in St Andrews, Scotland
Climate change 19-06-2015

The UK is sinking

Coastal nations are threatened by growing tides. Ahead of the UN climate change talks, they need to push for a deal that caps global temperature from rising more than 2°C, writes Ian Duncan and Ahmed Shiaan.

Higher international ambition needed on climate change

Ambitious national plans are needed to tackle climate change, but responsibility for change rests with all of us, not just with governments, writes Aileen McLeod.
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Brexit 07-05-2015

The UK election: A European game changer

Whoever wins the election, neither the Scottish nor the European questions will disappear from the UK political agenda, writes Dr Malanie Sully.
Brexit 06-05-2015

How British elections represent the state of Europe

The UK election matters not because of who wins, but because of how the marginal parties will influence British strategy on Europe and the existence of the UK itself, writes George Friedman. 
Brexit 18-09-2014

What impact will Scottish independence have on Brexit?

There are differences between how the Scottish independence referendum and the possible future vote on the UK’s membership of the EU will be run, writes Dr Simon Sherwood. But will a Yes vote, increase or decrease the chances of Brexit?