Democracy Impacts

  • Merkel Seeks to Link EU Funding with Refugee Policy

    September 22, 2017

    In a recent interview, German Chancellor Angela Merkel called for the EU to take into account countries' lack of cooperation with the EU's refugee resettlement scheme for asylum seekers from the Middle East and North Africa in future negotiations over EU development funding.

  • Schengen Members Seek Extension of Border Controls

    September 22, 2017

    The Guardian reports that the governments of France, Germany, Austria, Denmark, and Norway have called on the European Commission to propose legislation doubling from two years to four years the time in which countries in the passport-free Schengen travel area facing "exceptional circumstances" such as terror threats can impose controls on their borders.

  • Ireland Resists EU Tax Centralization Proposal

    September 22, 2017

    Reuters reports that Irish Finance Minister Paschal Donohoe has objected to a proposal announced by European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker in his recent "State of the Union" speech to consolidate EU authority over tax policy by permitting a "qualified majority" of EU members to adopt bloc-wide tax measures.

  • NGO Warns that Brexit May Diminish Rights

    September 21, 2017

    Benjamin Ward of Human Rights Watch has expressed concern that UK citizens’ rights may not be protected if the UK Parliament follows through with its current proposal not to incorporate the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights in domestic law after Brexit.

  • Commentator: EU Investment Will Drive Integration

    September 21, 2017

    Columnist Leonid Bershidsky writes that, while nationalist politicians in Central and Eastern European EU member states may threaten to flout decisions of EU institutions and courts, their actual impact on continued EU integration will be limited because they cannot weather a withdrawal of Western investment from their economies.

  • Top Official Opposes Multi-Speed EU

    September 21, 2017

    Politico reports that, in his recent "State of the Union" address, European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker opposed calls from Western European countries for a "multi-speed EU" in which some countries could transfer sovereignty to the bloc at a faster pace than others and included a "strong invitation" for all EU members to join the euro.

  • Kelly: The New Romantic Nationalism

    September 20, 2017

    In recent remarks at the Annual Meeting of the Federalist Society's European Judicial Network, Jim Kelly described a New Romantic Nationalism.

  • EU Negotiator: Brexit Security Deal Will Not Ease Trade Terms

    September 20, 2017

    Business Insider reports that chief Brexit negotiator for the European Parliament Guy Verhofstadt has warned that the EU will not permit the UK to secure a favorable trade deal after Brexit in return for Britain's pledge of continued collaboration on security issues.

  • Scholar: Poland Moves Toward "De-Europeanisation"

    September 19, 2017

    Piotr Buras of the European Council on Foreign Relations has produced an article asserting that recent developments in Poland concerning the country's courts and parliamentary procedure, along with criticism of EU institutions, signal an attempted "de-Europeanisation" by the ruling party that could harm the internal cohesion of the EU.

  • UK MPs: EU Owes Britain €10 Billion

    September 19, 2017

    Business Insider reports that over 100 UK Members of Parliament (MPs) who form the euroskeptic European Research Group have produced a report asserting that the UK has no legal obligation to pay a "divorce bill" to the EU upon leaving the bloc, and instead could claim €10 billion from the EU for the country's share in the European Investment Bank.

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