Transnational political parties and movements could be the future for Europe

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

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How Libya holds the key to solving Europe’s migration crisis

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

Deeds, not words

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

New polling analysis reveals that a second referendum would swing to Remain

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 true reason Britain cannot call Europe’s bluff

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

Good news on Brexit, now for the People’s Vote

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

A new generational contract: the final report of the Intergenerational Commission

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