Democracy Impacts

  • UK Seeks Post-Brexit Security Treaty with EU

    October 06, 2017

    The UK government recently published a position paper calling for the negotiation of a new treaty with the EU to guarantee continued security cooperation with members of the bloc after Brexit.

  • EU Sides with Spain in Catalonia Dispute

    October 04, 2017

    The New York Times reports that EU institutions have continued to intervene in the dispute between Spanish and Catalonian officials over the validity of the region's recent independence referendum, supporting Spain's legal position despite widespread violence by government authorities against those attempting to vote.

  • French President Seeks Broad Power Transfer to EU

    September 27, 2017

    In a speech at the Sorbonne, French President Emmanuel Macron called for "the rebuilding of a Europe that is sovereign, united and democratic" through the centralization of power over financial, defense, migration, and other policies at the EU level.

  • 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.

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