Andrew Duff -  On Governing Europe

Not savaged but salvaged The big news is that, after some febrile weeks, the latest European Council (19-20 October) agreed to salvage Theresa May. President Donald Tusk and his colleagues took the point — made for example in my article for the European Policy Centre (3 October) — that to savage the British prime minister… » read more

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Over the years, step by step, the European Parliament has won a share of real constitutional power. At times, as in 1984 with the Spinelli Draft Treaty and in 2002-03 in the Convention on the Future of Europe, Parliament has had a decisive influence on the constitutive development of the European Union. At other times,… » read more

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Rocket science Incipient panic about the future of Britain’s nuclear industry has rocketed Euratom into the Brexit headlines. In so doing, staggering ignorance is displayed by too many MPs and journalists about the basic facts of the matter. Lest we forget what it is we’re leaving before we leave it, therefore, here’s an explanation. The… » read more

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Running Commentary XIV

The wheels are starting to fall off   Some thing important is happening to the Article 50 process, and it’s not good. The EU side seems well prepared to start the first formal session of the negotiations with the British on 19 June, but its stance is constrained by tight guidelines from the European Council… » read more

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The Brexit Election Theresa May kicked off Britain’s formal election campaign by accusing the European Union of interfering. “Threats against Britain have been issued by European politicians and officials”, she said. “All of these acts have been deliberately timed to affect the result of the general election.” The Russian Embassy in London tweeted: ‘Praise God… » read more

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Running Commentary XII

The British election There is to be a Brexit general election in the United Kingdom on Thursday 8 June. Short of a revolution, the winner will be the Conservative party, and Theresa May will continue as prime minister. In calling – and winning – the election, Theresa May will entrench Brexit. Quite fairly, she has… » read more

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Running Commentary XI

A ‘deep and special partnership’ At long last, and after considerable fuss, Theresa May has delivered her Article 50 letter at lunchtime today – not as I had imagined to ‘Dear Donald’ but more formally to ‘Dear President Tusk’. The prime minister is aiming for “a deep and special partnership that takes in both economic… » read more

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