It is widely acknowledged that Europe is facing a number of formidable, sometimes unprecedented challenges. Rising inequality, terrorism, environmental concerns, crime, Brexit, fake news and immigration are some of the more pressing ones, according to both ordinary Europeans and political institutions. We can safely add the threat of radical, nationalist movements wishing to do away … Continue reading Transnational political parties and movements could be the future for Europe
https://www.bbc.com/news/world-africa-44709974 Farouk Chothia "Unlike Turkey which has stemmed the flow of migrants by agreeing to take back Syrians who reach the Greek islands in exchange for a huge financial package, Libya's weak internationally recognised government has rejected a European Union proposal to set up "reception centres" for African migrants while European states consider their asylum … Continue reading How Libya holds the key to solving Europe’s migration crisis
The ‘historic’ meeting between President Trump and Kim Jong-un has made headlines around the world, but there are no cast-iron guarantees - in fact, no guarantees - that something concrete will emerge as a result. There is a lot of scepticism among intelligent observers; in fact some commentators believe that “The most substantial thing to … Continue reading Deeds, not words
http://www.prospectmagazine.co.uk/blogs/peter-kellner/new-polling-analysis-reveals-that-a-second-referendum-would-swing-to-remain Peter Kellner "Indeed, given the softness of the Leave support among Labour voters, it is possible that, IF there were a new referendum and IF the Labour Party campaigned actively to stay in the EU, then the Remain majority could be substantial. This would, of course, require Jeremy Corbyn to abandon his past views … Continue reading New polling analysis reveals that a second referendum would swing to Remain
The newly elected Catalan leader, Quim Torra, promised to continue with the independence push and "build an independent state in the form of a republic". This is merely asking for trouble because Spanish leaders immediately announced that they would re-impose direct rule if any illegality occurred. Catalonia is therefore far from achieving political stability, and this … Continue reading More trouble for Catalonia
https://www.opendemocracy.net/michael-j-sandel/populism-trump-and-future-of-democracy This is a good read by Michael J. Sandel (see link above), raising some highly valuable points, but offering nothing in terms of solutions, which is perhaps telling. More work is needed to defeat the menace of extreme populism.
https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2018/may/12/liberals-still-ignore-the-grievances-of-the-left-behind Nick Cohen "It is not often I sympathise with politicians. But the leaders of the opposition to the new status quo must read liberal commentary and wonder what the hell they are meant to do with it".
https://www.prospectmagazine.co.uk/politics/the-true-reason-britain-cannot-call-europes-bluff Ian Dunt "In trade, both sides lose—albeit the UK more substantially as a percentage of its economy than the EU, simply due to the difference in size. But in the world of regulators, all the consequences are on the UK side. The EU would have a regulatory system on 31st March 2019 which functioned exactly … Continue reading The true reason Britain cannot call Europe’s bluff
https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/brexit-theresa-may-eu-withdrawal-bill-house-lords-peers-deal-vote-customs-union-a8341706.html Good news from the second chamber of the UK Parliament. Peers have "dealt a major blow" to the government's shabby strategy on Brexit (see link above). This is a step in the right direction but not enough. What is needed is a vote, a second referendum, on the terms of the deal. This is … Continue reading Good news on Brexit, now for the People’s Vote
https://www.resolutionfoundation.org/publications/a-new-generational-contract-the-final-report-of-the-intergenerational-commission/ The Resolution Foundation "The Intergenerational Commission was convened by the Resolution Foundation to explore questions of intergenerational fairness that have risen up the national agenda. This report contains the Commission’s conclusions, drawing on a deep and wide-ranging examination of the experiences and prospects of different generations in Britain. It provides a comprehensive analysis of … Continue reading A new generational contract: the final report of the Intergenerational Commission