Let’s assume that, as many analysts assume, Trump’s election does indeed mean that NATO suffers, and that, in turn, the European Union is made stronger. A priori this seems like a good scenario, but let’s go even further. This might seem an inappropriate forum for this opinion to be published, (...)
Britain is on its way out of the EU, but Scotland voted to remain. At this point, there are three options for Scotland’s future relationship with the EU. Either Scotland’s arrangement will be the same as that of the rest of the UK, Scotland gets a special status or Scotland becomes an independent state.
The 24th June will go down in history as the first time European integration reversed. Integration has slowed down and even came to a halt, but it has never been reversed. “Brexit is Brexit,” has said Theresa May said of the referendum results, but the question everyone is asking themselves is: “is it really fair that a meagre win of the 52 % should dictate the future of the 48 % after a campaign that was solely based on lies from the Leave-campaign?”
The United Kingdom is not only very unique EU member state, which has own international currency but it is also de facto the union within the union. Especially after adoption of Scotland Act 2016  and the upcoming Wales Bill 2016-2017 , Scotland and Wales have a higher degree of sovereignty than any state in the Federal Republic of Germany, and high enough to run their own referendums on EU membership.
Thursday night I was unable to fall asleep, I lay awake watching in disbelief as my compatriots voted to leave the European Union. The next morning I woke to find thousand messages of WhatsApp and Facebook from my family and friends, conversations which just showed the shock we were all going through. No one could believe what was happening, but could it all just be a joke? Since then I have been feeling as if I was breaking up with my boyfriend, I have been feeling confused, sad and angry and I have been checking my phone every 20 minutes in case there are news or some error has been discovered, I have been having false hopes which eventually do not come true. In reality, this feeling is worse than what you feel when going through a break up, because it affects all of us as we are now living on the edge, knowing that we are going to break up with each other, but neither knowing when or how it is going to happen, nor what life will be like afterwards.
Despite growing claims from the mainstream and many right-wing politicians across the EU arguing that Islam does not belong to Europe, it is not as foreign as it seems, as Muslim communities have already existed in Europe for several centuries. Bosniaks, Albanians, and some Greeks and Slavic Bulgarians, are native Muslim Europeans whose ancestors, through interaction with Arab and Ottoman-Turkish civilizations, converted to Islam. Islam was also recognized in the Austro-Hungarian Empire. Even Adolf Hitler tried to find sympathizers of Nazi racist ideology among Bosnian Muslims. Nowadays, the mosques of immigrant communities in Western Europe already converted tens of thousands of people of native descent.
Facing an unprecedented humanitarian crisis, with the arrival of thousands of asylum-seekers and migrants onto its soil, the European Union ought to use all resources at its disposal to welcome them while respecting human rights. Could European territorial cooperation, an instrument of the EU’s Regional policy, improve the “migrants”’ situation in Europe?
Abstract : The initial uncertainty created by Brexit is somewhat fading with the appointment of Theresa May as Prime Minister of the United Kingdom. The alternatives to EU membership are becoming increasingly clear, and each constitutes – for the UK, but more importantly for Eurosceptics – a certain defeat. In this context, the EU should neither overreact, nor accommodate London, as punishing the county may be counterproductive.
The recent events that occurred in Ukraine – the Russian invasion of the Donbass region and the Crimean referendum on joining the Russian Federation in 2014 – have resulted in Russia and the EU imposing sanctions on one another, heralding, some would have it, a “new cold war”. Russia is presented, in the EU and in the West more broadly, as a revisionist, expansionist and authoritarian power that oscillates between “progress” in terms of democracy and alignment with our interests on the one hand, and a “return” backwards to its old demons. Even worse, Russia is said to be attempting to “revive the Soviet Union”.