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.
A Guide to the UK Referendum
While I have always been a supporter of a united Europe for philosophical as well as economic reasons, my main concern is the unknown nature of the exit deal we would get, writes Stuart Sweeney.
David Cameron, the British premier minister, seems to have averted a major confrontation with the other EU leaders over a package of changes in EU policies. Reportedly, European leaders supported a restriction on in-work benefits, which is one of Cameron's most important demand.
EU referendum: Date still unclear
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We still don't know when the referendum on UK membership of the EU will take place, but it seems likely it will be in 2016. While “Yes” to stay in is still ahead, one recent poll suggests “No” voters are more likely to turn out on the day. So, it is a close run thing at present.
This Guardian article looks at how voting patterns may vary around the UK. Polling experts believe Britain could remain in the EU thanks to votes from Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales countering EU sceptic votes in England.
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.
Conflict resolution and the EU
The almost-unsolvable crisis in Cyprus will serve as an introductory conflict resolution case at the British Sonnenberg conference in Canterbury in August. Full program is now available.
Why not try Town Twinning?
"Friendships blossom and last over the years, and this is a wonderful way to get to know people from another European country really well", writes Maggie Tyrrell in this article.
AGM April 23
The Sonnenberg Association of Great Britain will hold its Annual General Meeting on Saturday, April 23rd in Marchmont St. Community Centre, 62 Marchmont St, London WC1N 1AB.
Brexit-history on BBC-Two tonight
The least needed of all the crises that keep haunting Europe at the moment, is Brexit, but tonight at BBC-Two at 9 pm reporter Nick Robinson will at least tell the story from Churchill and up. "Them Or Us: An Island Apart". More on Facebook. Note the address: www.facebook.com/myeurope.today, and give it a like.