Ideas for a united & federal Europe

The United States of Europe is not a popular slogan these days. Nationalism is on the rise in all European countries, in many different shapes and forms. National interest and national sovereignty are enjoying a revival and find appeal among citizens disillusioned with politics and disappointed by a European Union that over-promises and under-delivers. The… » read more

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The idea of a two-tier European Union has been the battle horse of the most integrationist politicians in the most integrationist member states for decades. No surprise, one feel suspicious to see it becoming the flagship proposal of the United Kingdom. But we better listen carefully to what the Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne… » read more

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During a news conference in Warsaw some weeks before the parliamentary elections, Beata Szydło, then deputy leader of Poland’s conservative Law and Justice party and now designated prime minister, called on the Polish government to abandon the idea of adopting the euro and promised that her government’s first decision would be to close down the… » read more

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Yesterday the Heads of State and Government of the European Union gathered in Brussels for the October ordinary meeting of the European Council. Although they were expected to talk about migration, the euro area and the UK referendum, the urgency of the refugee crisis has pushed governments to “revert to these issues at next meeting”.… » read more

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Next Wednesday, the German Chancellor and the French President will jointly address the European Parliament in Strasbourg. This will be the first time that the leaders of the two greatest political powers of the Union address the representatives of the European citizens together since François Mitterrand and Helmut Kohl in 1989 in the aftermath of… » read more

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At the meeting of the European Council at the end of June, the Presidents of the European Commission, European Central Bank, European Council and Eurogroup are expected to submit a “Report on Preparing for Next Steps on Better Economic Governance in the Euro Area” requested by the European Council in December 2014. The report follows… » read more

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The new Tory government resulting from the UK general election will surely face many challenges, but two will overshadow all others: redefining the UK’s position in the European Union and Scotland’s position in the UK. Both will deeply affect the future of the UK, its role in the world and possibly its own existence as… » read more

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Press release issued by the Union of European Federalists following the death of over 700 migrants trying to reach Italy by sea on 19 April 2015   700 killed by an intergovernmental and divided Europe The Union of European Federalists is deeply saddened by the loss of over 700 human lives in the Mediterranean this… » read more

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A clash of titanic national illusions is at play in the critical negotiations between the new Greek government and the Eurogroup on the future of the financial assistance program to Greece. It is an illusion for the Greek government to believe that it can escape its obligations to the other Eurozone countries that have financially… » read more

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There we go again with questions, this time on the future of the Eurozone. Yet again. After 7 years of financial and economic strain, are we still wondering what a monetary union really is and what it needs to succeed in the long-run? At the informal meeting of the European Council yesterday evening in Brussels,… » read more

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