Empty spaces invite populism
Extremism and populism are the result of a political system, which does not take debate, democracy and participation serious. This is the opinion of two MEPs who took part in the My!Europe seminar in the European Parliament.
May stirs xenophobia
British Conservatives want to make work migrants' lives difficult and promise help to workers. Analysis of the Conservatives' first party congress after the Brexit referendum by Ian King
Who should select the European Commission?
How could we rebuild the EU to create a more direct link to the ordinary citizen in all the member states? A proposal from the British My!Europe conference.
Make more friends in Europe
There should be a framework to make it easier to make friends in other parts of Europe than one's own. This was suggested by a group at the My!Europe conference in Canterbury earlier this month. The American Host Program could serve as a model.
EU as a conflict solving mechanism
When the EU was born, it was an example of international conflict solution. But today, the EU is plagued by a host of unsolved conflicts, growing scepticism, and weak leadership. One proposal is to let national parliaments decide what should be EU matters, and what not.
Help MEPs to improve EU-law on refugees
The Commission has proposed a law, which will speed up procedures in the EU – and help people smugglers to earn more. A British MEP told a My!Europe conference in Canterbury how we could all help the Parliament to get more emphasis on refugees' rights.
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.
The Brexit referendum had some characteristics unique to Britain. But we would be foolish to dismiss what the vote told us about the popular view of globalisation. It is a very negative assessment also widely shared across Europe.”
Donal Tusk, President of the European Council
REJECTIONISM, EU SCEPTICISM AND BREXIT
Finally a solid analysis of what is going wrong in Europe today. The "no" to Europe and immigration is strongest where people have a reason to protest against the rising inequality in society, says an old pollster / commentator. Read Peter Kellner and comment. See Facebook / myeurope.today