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Britain and ‘the Continent’

16 June 2016 | by

With the referendum on the UK’s membership to the EU just around the corner and polls indicating a neck and neck race, campaigners on both sides are understandably desperate to score points. Winston Churchill has been resurrected in both Europhile and Eurosceptic forms. “If Britain must choose between Europe and the open sea, she must […]

UK soft power still holds sway as two ECJ decisions go their way

7 October 2015 | by

On 6 October 2015, as the Conservative Party Conference was in full swing in Manchester, the European Court of Justice (ECJ) gave a significant boost to the Conservative government through two rulings validating current UK actions under question by the EU. Both cases had contributed to the toxic #Brexit debate, which is currently ongoing in the […]

What next for the UK: Why the EU referendum concerns us all

13 May 2015 | by

The general election results in the UK took many pundits, politicians as well as the general public, by surprise. The pre-election speculations on potential coalitions and political deals came to no avail, as the Conservatives mastered a tight majority in the House of Commons and will for the next five years govern on their own. […]

First the European Union now the European Court of Human Right: A new target of British ‘Sovereignism Creep’

21 October 2014 | by

In a move to reach out to UKIP voters and its own backbenchers, the UK Conservative Party has announced its will to adopt its own British Bill of Rights and Responsibilities and transform the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) into an advisory body, a plan which is likely to lead to the UK’s withdrawal […]

One Direction Immigration: the Biggest Election Issue?

14 July 2014 | by

In the centre of the Place du Luxembourg in the European Quarter of Brussels stands a statue of, a British industrialist of the early 19th century. Cockerill frequently seems out-of-place, not only because of the traffic cones, empty beer glasses and flags that sporadically adorn him (the square is a favourite haunt of thirsty Parliamentarians […]