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In less than a week, Article 50 will be triggered by the UK. On the same day of this announcement, the European Parliament Research Service published for the first time a document that reflects some of the thinking of inside the EU. Barbara Aubin, Head of Content at the 1989 Generation Initiative, explains why the… » read more

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Written by Barbara Aubin (Head of Content) and Adela Iacobov (Content Officer, Politics & Institutions) A tragic turn The 1989 Generation initiative was born in London, the most diverse city in Europe and capital of the country that promoted and defended many of the principles at the core of European integration. Regrettably, it seems, the… » read more

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On April 27th, the 1989 Generation Initiative, or ‘89ers’ presented visions and proposals on the future of the European Union at the European Parliament, to an audience of MEPs, think tank professionals and young Europeans. The core message: The EU should always aim to improve its citizens’ lives. Their aspirations and livelihoods should be placed… » read more

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It is fascinating to look at news reports from a year ago, because it all seems to fit so well together with today. Whether it is news on terrorism, warnings about an imminent refugee crisis or statements that Donald Trump would never ever run for president (despite him appearing at the Republican presidential rally to… » read more

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For almost two years the British media has been dominated by three topics: terrorism, refugees/immigration (often thrown into the same pot) and the EU referendum, or Brexit, as it has been coined. PM Cameron has successfully negotiated a deal with the EU on the special status of the UK within the EU, reinforcing the argumentative… » read more

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There was something ever so slightly annoying about the way David Cameron presented his EU reform settlement following the Council summit on Friday. “I don’t love Brussels; I love Britain”, quipped the Prime Minister. Not the best start to a campaign aimed at saving Britain’s troubled marriage with the EU. He will need to rediscover… » read more

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Cameron’s Crunch Time

With the release of Donald Tusk’s draft settlement on the UK’s EU renegotiation, the nation’s media collectively turned its head towards Brussels and David Cameron in scrutinising the substantive aspects of the text. Eurosceptics are correct to highlight that little would change in the day-to-day EU’s functioning should the deal be accepted and the British… » read more

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When the clock struck midnight in Brussels on January 1 2016, the Dutch presidency of the European Union officially started. Bert Koenders, the Dutch Foreign Minister, was ambitious early in 2015 when he defined the main goal of the presidency of the Low Lands to create a ‘unifying union’. Yet, looking back at the various… » read more

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