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

Eu Flag Waving In Front Of European Parliament Building In Brussels
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  • Future Europe

Making the most of Europe’s “saving graces”

No one would deny that these are difficult times for the European Union. Sometimes deservedly, but often not, it is assailed by political disagreements among its members, policy differences over governance of the eurozone, and popular discontent (now intensified by the Brexit vote). But the EU’s achievements in sixty years of progressive integration far outweigh… Read article ›