Europe Archive

  • A democratic scandal

    There’s been a lot of reporting lately on what deal the government might have offered Nissan. The Japanese car manufacturer (part-owned by Renault) has a major manufacturing plant at Sunderland which exports a large proportion of its output to the EU27. What happens to that […]

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  • Punished by the EU

    I borrowed a dog yesterday. There’s a website where people who don’t own dogs but want to walk them can make contact with dog owners who want to put their feet up for a bit. A few minutes on the site and the exchange of […]

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  • Europe gives Scotland another chance

    Interesting that the EU referendum on 23 June gives a new lease of life to the case for Scottish independence. It was Europe that was the cause of its failure two years ago. As the argument for Scottish independence developed in recent decades, it slowly […]

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  • Can MPs vote against article 50?

    Being played out in court at the moment is a case regarding the powers of parliament. Does the government have the constitutional right to trigger British departure from the EU on the strength of an explicitly non-binding referendum without parliamentary assent? For the record, the […]

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  • See you in court

    I am having difficulty explaining to people from other countries what’s going on in the High Court at the moment.  There is a case brought by Gina Miller, a fund manager, arguing that the government cannot invoke Article 50 of the TEU (the procedure for […]

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  • Europe and the people: Examining the EU’s democratic legitimacy (26 October 2016)

    In the wake of the British vote to leave the EU, this conference will examine concerns across Europe around the democratic legitimacy of EU institutions and the European project as a whole. It will look at how the debate about EU democratic legitimacy across member […]

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  • On leaving the European Union

    If I had to pick a period of time to be out of politics for various personal reasons, I couldn’t really have chosen a worse few years than those just gone.  Vladimir Putin was making his first moves on the Crimea, with all that implied […]

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  • Must Britain leave the EU?

    The Federal Union committee met on 26 September, for the first time after the referendum on 23 June, to take stock.  The result of the vote had been a shock, but not perhaps not a surprise, and the passage of British politics since had been […]

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  • Why do people vote?

    The theory that underpins modern economics is the idea that people act rationally.  Their actions will be based on an analysis of the information available to them and they will then act in a manner that maximises their own benefit. If that is so, how […]

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  • The next president of the European Commission

    The primaries are starting for the next European elections.  Most, if not all, of the main European party groups intend to nominate their candidates for president of the European Commission, in advance of the elections next May. It has long been a proposal of the […]

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