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Ian King on Brexit

"The people have spoken – the bastards!" were the concluding words, when Ian King, vice-chair of the Sonnenberg Association of Great Britain, presented his view on the British referendum on June 23 at the SAGB's My!Europe conference at the University of Kent, Canterbury, over the weekend.

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What happened to the "Refugees Welcome" attitude?

At the My!Europe conference in Canterbury this weekend, Johanathan Fryer, a leading Liberal Democrat tried to explain.

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There could still be a second referendum in Britain – if EU leaders listen

There is still hope for the EU. Even the danger of Brexit may be avoided, writes Ian King from the Sonnenberg Association of Great Britain, SAGB.He notes that the new...


Democracy lessons from Brexit: Take control – discuss and agree

How democratic are referendums, after all? A referendum like that on Brexit, could never have taken place in e.g. Denmark or Australia. "It isn't democracy; it is Russian roulette", says one analyst.

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Bulgarians and the EU

I asked a Bulgarian MEP how Bulgarians look at the EU, and I wrote the following notes the next evening, says Ole Aabenhus. It's about young people, Turks and refugees and about corruption.


Schulz’ Vision: Time for a European government

The Speaker of the European Parliament, Martin Schulz, has called for a government like we know it in the member states top replace the existing EU-Commission

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We have come home to Europe

Joining the EU in 2007 was like reconnecting to a centuries long European tradition, explains one of the speakers at the "Love... or calculation" conference in Plovdiv, Bulgaria, in September.

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Democracy after Brexit

A crisis is always a possibility for a new start, and in the Brexit crisis lies the possibility of a more democratic EU, says this analysis

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King: Was nun für die britische Politik?

Die EU ist in ihren Grundfesten erschüttert, eine schmerzliche Scheidung steht bevor. Pfund und Aktienmärkte sind im freien Fall. Premier Cameron ist zurückgetreten und ein Putschversuch gegen Oppositionschef Jeremy Corbyn läuft. Die Briten leben in interessanten Zeiten – auch und gerade die 48 Prozent, die für den EU-Verbleib gestimmt haben.

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The European Commission held a large-scale conference on EU citizenship and democracy in Barcelona – while the Europe for Citizens program is being cut. Finn Rowold reports from the event.

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EU-scepticism now close to 50/50

47 per cent are sceptical of the EU, and only 51 per cent are favourable. That is the main resultat of an easy-to-grasp survey of 10 European countries just before Brexit. But if you look solely at the young, the picture is different and much more positive.

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Brexit as seen from a café in Brussels

Sitting on the Place de Londres in Brussels. A throng of people. Common to all a dependency on a Union in crisis, writes Tarja Cronberg trying to capture the mood in the Union center.


Schäuble: Commission?

Wenn die Kommission nicht mittut, dann nehmen wir die Sache selbst in die Hand, lösen die Probleme eben zwischen den Regierungen.

If the Commission will not work along with us, then we will take the matter in our own hands, and just solve the problems between the governments. 

Wolfgang Schäuble, Welt am Sonntag, July 3, 2016

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Love and ... calculation?

The My!Europe conference in Bulgaria in September will discuss a current topic: "Emotional and rational dimensions of our attitudes towards the EU". The conference will take place in Plovdiv, an ancient city renowned for its beauty and climate and today the second largest in the country.