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Europe cannot ignore the social impact of economic “recovery”

Nothing defines “British exceptionalism”, a recurrent theme of the UK’s European Union membership, like the decision to leave the Union. The implications of Brexit for the British healthcare sector, employment policies and social assistance schemes have been much discussed. But what about the impact on the other side of the negotiating table? Could the EU, liberated from its “reluctant partner”, proceed… Read article ›

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  • Views from the Capitals

Hungary’s sham immigration referendum

Hungarians went to the polls on 2 October to vote on the following question: ‘Do you want the European Union to be able to order the obligatory settlement of non-Hungarian citizens in Hungary without the consent of the Hungarian National Assembly?’ The referendum was supposed to give citizens a decision that will then be enacted in legislation. But the referendum could not have had such a result. The misleading phrase ‘obligatory settlement… Read article ›

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EU failing to meet its own targets across its refugee strategy

The EU’s refugee strategy is essentially one of building ‘Fortress Europe’, as shown most clearly in its recent EU-Turkey deal, much criticised by the UN and major NGOs amongst others. Yet even on its own terms and commitments, the EU is failing. Asylum-seekers are still being detained in overcrowded conditions, EU pledges to deploy asylum… Read article ›