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Nearing the end of 2016 one fact has become abundantly clear: we cannot escape populism any longer. A doggedly fought Brexit campaign, the discourse on the refugee crisis, a surge of aggression across the continent, and the brutality of the US presidential election: At the beginning of the year these events appeared to be outliers,… » read more

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Written by Barbara Aubin (Head of Content) On the 30th of September, the 1989 Generation Initiative held a roundtable at the LSE, drawing together a mix of students and EU professionals to discuss the State of the Union delivered by Jean-Claude Juncker, President of the European Commission and the recent Bratislava Declaration. Participants were asked… » 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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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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Building on my article on the direct election of the Commission president and the reform of the European Parliament elections I want to suggest a more radical structural reform of the EU; one which is far more invasive and will undoubtedly face greater resistance: The Euro-Council. This is simply a name, a platitude in search… » read more

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Citizens are concerned about lobbyists’ influence in EU policy-making. They want better regulation of their lobbying activities, as well as increased transparency. In 2011, the Commission jointly launched with the European Parliament the Transparency Register. The register requires information about who is engaged in lobbying activity, the reason for it, and with what resources. It… » read more

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