Europe is facing an existential crisis. With the 60th anniversary of the Treaties of Rome ahead, we are facing a decisive moment in history. It is time for European institutions and for national governments to wake up. And last but not least, it is time for the European civil society, me and you, everybody to act! - A vital appeal
In recent days, the astronomers discovered the first exoplanet in the habitable zone, located in Proxima Centauri star system, and this coming September, sci-fi fans celebrate the 50th anniversary of popular franchise “Star Trek”. The creation of this very popular television series was inspired by Soviet/Russian flight of the first spacecraft Sputnik and the first moonwalk by American Neil Armstrong in the 1950s and the 1960s. But no one is aware that Europe was actually a true space pioneer.
Ulrike Guérot, founder of the European Democracy Lab Berlin has published a book (in German): „Why Europe Needs to Become a Republic! A political Utopia“. Few months before the Brexit referendum the NewFederalist met her to talk with her about this utopia.
One of David Cameron’s conditions in his letter to Donald Tusk last week is an opting out from the clause “Ever Closer Union”. This implies a formal disengagement of the UK from participating in the integration process and on the other hand that the country wants an “à la carte” relationship with the rest of the EU without any formal obligation to participate in the European Project as leading towards a political Union.
The system where each country is sovereign, i.e. recognises no authority which can completely rule it (and accepts no domestic equals), is in use all around the world. This Westphalian system originated in Europe after the Middle Ages but now it can be argued that Europe is the very area where the system is challenged. The community of states that Europeans have created is globally unique and goes against the Westphalian model.
European unity is at stake. A spectre called grexit is again haunting the Eurozone. Additionally, there will soon be general elections in the UK. UKIP could gain more votes this time and David Cameron himself has promised a referendum about the UK’s EU membership in 2017. So, after the grexit, is there going to be a brexit? Is political Europe falling apart?
With opinion polls for Britain’s upcoming general election balancing on a knife edge, the UK’s future relationship with the EU has never been so precarious. With opinion polls for Britain’s upcoming general election balancing on a knife edge, the UK’s future relationship with the EU has never been (...)
I’m from Portugal, a country whose king-to-be had to win against his mother, a countess, in the São Mamede battle in order to become independent. This was in 1128. Now, in 2014, how can a nation become an independent state? In some parts of the world war is still the way to do so, but inside the (...)
Michel Barnier, European Commissioner responsible for the Internal Market and Services, delivered a speech at the London School of Economics on Wednesday 17 October 2013, in which he emphasized the strong interdependence between the UK and the EU. ‘The UK is of utmost importance to the European (...)
Just like the 1930s, this crisis will have a long-lasting impact on Europeans’ lives. Just like for a war, our generation has no choice but to confront hardship. Just like any major historical event, it can reveal mankind’s brightest and darkest faces. A short leap into 2020 might help us reflect (...)