Giles Merritt

Founder & Chairman of Friends of Europe

Martin SCHULZ - EP President meets with Ivan ROGERS, UK Permanent Representative of the United Kingdom to the European Union
  • Frankly Speaking
  • Future Europe

Sir Ivan’s departure highlights Brexiteers’ ‘muddled thinking’ on trade

Although a gross generalisation, it is nevertheless fair to say that the British were never believers in the European dream, with its vision of shared values and a common political culture. The UK sees its withdrawal in terms of trade: from London’s standpoint, Brexit is all about defending its commercial interests. That’s understandable. So it’s… Read article ›

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  • Frankly Speaking
  • Global Europe

Why the EU must fashion 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. The EU’s foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini tweeted her reaction only minutes after Hillary Clinton conceded defeat. It… Read article ›