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Study: “Globalization and the EU: Threat or Opportunity?”

The latest study of eupinions has found out that 44 percent of Europeans see globalization as a threat rather than an opportunity. In addition, fear of globalization is one of the main drivers for the election of populist parties. But what does that mean for European integration? Are Europeans similarly concerned about this and does …

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Mutineers victory huge shot in arm for stop Brexit movement

By Hugo Dixon. Dominic Grieve, Anna Soubry, Nicky Morgan and their band of Tory MPs are national heroes. Yesterday they put the country’s interest ahead of their party. These so-called mutineers have ensured that parliament will take back control from Theresa May and have a meaningful vote on whatever, if any, divorce deal she manages …

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Emmanuel Macron is honoured with the Charlemagne Prize 2018

“The Board of Directors of the Society for the Conferring of the International Charlemagne Prize of Aachen have chosen to present the 2018 award to the President of the French Republic, Emmanuel Macron, in recognition of his vision of a new Europe and of the re-establishment of the European project, of a new European sovereignty …

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Study: Germans more optimistic than other Europeans

The refugee crisis, Brexit, growing populism – recently there has been a spate of events and trends that have completely transformed the political landscape in Europe. But in Germany, these changes predominantly seem to be fostering the need for stability. A new “eupinions” study published by the Bertelsmann Stiftung shows that the Germans are much …

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The EU After Brexit: A Study by the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung

Despite Brexit, Trump and other crises, 60 percent of EU citizens wish for closer cooperation in Europe. In Germany, this figure even amounts to 80 percent. This is a conclusion of a representative eight-country study conducted by the organisation “policy matters” on behalf of the Friedrich–Ebert-Stiftung. “Citizens have moved far more ahead than we generally assume, and …

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Judy Dempsey: France’s Rise and Britain’s Demise

While Britain’s prime minister ushers in the decline of London’s influence in the world, France’s president seeks reforms that will reassert Paris’s role in the EU. The contrast could not have been starker. After the first round of the parliamentary election in France on June 11, President Emmanuel Macron’s novice Republic on the Move party …

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Judy Dempsey: From Paris to Berlin

Despite big differences over economic policy, Europe’s two most important leaders need each other more than ever before. Tradition has it that the first visits abroad by a new French president and by a new German chancellor are to each other’s country. This is more than a ritual for Europe’s two most important leaders. It …

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Don’t write off the EU

Something unprecedented is happening in the Netherlands, France, and Germany. It is not that all three countries face important elections in March, April–May, and September respectively. Nor is it that all three have spawned populist, anti-EU, and anti-Islamic movements (although much smaller in Germany than in the Netherlands and France). Nor is it that these movements have …

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Brexit boosts EU survey results

Since 2015, the Bertelsmann Stiftung has been using Europe-wide surveys to gauge the EU’s approval ratings. The latest results show that Brexit has succeeded where many EU politicians have failed – improving the Union’s popularity. Brexit has boosted the EU’s standing with the public. Since the referendum in which Britons voted against remaining in the …

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EU’s Schengen area under threat

Under combined pressure from migrants and terrorists, the Schengen area – the European Union’s control-free travel zone – could become a thing of the past. Many member states have enacted temporary restrictions at their borders; some have even built razor-wire barriers to stave off perceived threats to their stability and security. The Schengen system, once designed to …

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