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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.
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.
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.
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
Wir sind nach Hause nach Europa gekommen
Der Beitritt zur EU im Jahr 2007 war wie auf eine Jahrhunderte lange europäische Tradition wieder anzuschließen, erklärt einer der Redner auf der "Liebe... oder Kalkül" Konferenz in Plovdiv, Bulgarien, im September (Siehe Join our Conferences in der rechten Spalte).
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
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.
The podium was 25 metres away....
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.
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.
RUSSIA: We need status as a great powe
Saw a Spiegel-interview with Sergey Karaganov, advisor to Vladimir Putin, on Russia's role today. Shattering.
Three quotes that says it all. See My!Europe on Facebook.
Brexit set fra en plads i Bruxelles
Sidder på Place de Londres i Bruxelles. Et mylder af mennesker . Fælles for alle en afhængighed af en union, som er i krise, skriver Tarja Cronberg i dette stemningsbillede fra Unionens centrum.
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
150.000 party members, i.e. half a per cent of British voters (33 million voted on June 23), will now decide who should be Britain's next prime minister. They will thereby decide on the future balance of power in Europe. More at Facebook/myeurope.today.
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.
It seems that "Leave" is now ahead in all polls in the UK: Guardian (ICM) 53 Leave / 47 Remain, Telegraph (ORB) 49/48, Times (YouGov) 54/46, Financial Times 47/45.
Before June 23
See Nigel Farage explain that he want the EU to totally disappear.
Everything will be fine with just nation states and the European Council. The London City doesn't care about Europe anyway, and Scotland will most certainly stay in....
(See video at My!Europe's Facebook page).
What Britain's role in the EU should be?
Maybe the old dictum of divide and rule on the Continent is the answer?
At least that's what an old "Yes Minister" clip (from Episode 5, 1980) suggests:
"Now that we are inside we can make a complete pig's breakfast (a total mess) of the whole thing".
See video at My!Europe's Facebook page.
Everything is cracking in the West –
Everything is cracking in the West –
so said Victor Orban, Hungary's prime minister, at a meeting in Prague yesterday, in the V4 (the Visegrad Four) group of countries – Poland, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary.
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