Democracy Impacts

  • EU Committee Seeks Finance for Local Climate Planning

    April 04, 2017

    The European Committee of the Regions has adopted recommendations for EU rules governing local planning in sectors including buildings, agriculture, transport, and forestry to meet bloc-wide greenhouse gas reduction targets and to provide the necessary funding to local authorities to complete these policy changes.

  • EU Pushes Balkan Countries to Form "Common Market"

    April 04, 2017

    The Economist reports that meetings between EU officials and leaders of countries in the Western Balkans have led to proposals, with growing acceptance in each country, for a "common market" of free trade, labor movement, and regulatory harmonization in the Balkans region.

  • Turkey May Hold Referendum on EU Accession

    April 03, 2017

    Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan has warned that his country may hold a referendum on whether to continue its bid for EU membership, amid worsening relations with the bloc after the governments of Germany and the Netherlands shut down pro-Erdogan rallies in their respective nations. 

  • British NGO: UK Should Leave EU Customs Union

    April 03, 2017

    The British nongovernmental organization Open Europe has called for the UK to fully leave the EU Customs Union in order to secure full independence with respect to its trade policy, rather than seek a “half-in, half-out” approach supported by some politicians and commentators. 

  • MEPs Take on "Bad Cop" Position in Brexit Talks

    April 03, 2017

    A Politico article highlights how some Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) are planning to use the body's veto power over any Brexit deal to place pressure on the UK to pay a substantial "divorce bill" upon exiting the EU, remain within the jurisdiction of the Court of Justice of the EU, and maintain existing rights of EU migrants to enter the UK.

  • MEPs Warn UK on Migration Cut-off

    April 03, 2017

    Politico reports that Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) have threatened to veto any Brexit deal permitting the UK to adopt new conditions for the entry of EU migrants, including not guaranteeing them the same rights as others in the country to live and work, prior to the date on which it leaves the EU.

  • Austria Seeks EU Permission to Avoid Migrant Resettlement

    April 03, 2017

    Politico reports that Austrian Chancellor Christian Kern has stated he will seek an EU exemption permitting Austria to avoid mandates requiring the country to take in more asylum seekers, arguing that his country has already fulfilled its obligations to accept migrants under EU resettlement rules.

  • UKIP Sets out Demands for Brexit

    April 03, 2017

    The BBC reports that the UK Independence Party (UKIP), which has no Members of the UK Parliament but could influence negotiations through its 20 Members of the European Parliament, has published six tests for whether it will support the British Government's final Brexit deal with the EU, including demands for full border control and "maritime sovereignty."

  • Party Official: UK-EU Deal Must Maintain "Same Benefits"

    March 31, 2017

    The UK Labour Party's Shadow Brexit Secretary Keir Starmer's six-part test for evaluating whether the party can support the UK government's final post-Brexit deal with the EU includes whether the deal maintains the "exact same benefits" Britain currently has as a member of the EU "single market" and customs union.

  • Newspaper: Britain Must Trash EU "Red Tape"

    March 31, 2017

    The British newspaper The Telegraph has launched a campaign to pressure the UK government to use the occasion of leaving the EU to rid the country of "needless EU regulations," including the bloc's working time directive and some environmental standards, that restrain economic freedom in the country.

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