Migration, the lightning rod of the EU referendum

Uta Staiger, Deputy Director of the UCL European Institute, argues that the EU-Turkey deal should have no role in the Brexit debate, yet it brings the crucial question of the European Union and migration into focus at an inopportune time. Migration has not been out of the news in months. Net migration into Britain has never been higher, despite the prime minister’s promises to reduce … Continue reading Migration, the lightning rod of the EU referendum

Losing citizenship and democratic authority in Europe

Damian Chalmers, Professor of EU Law at LSE and Fellow of UK in a Changing Europe, argues that the EU will continue to be perceived as authoritarian until it reforms its relationship with national citizenship and political community. This piece is part of the UCL European Institute’s commissioning partnership with openDemocracy. When the EU’s heads of state and government met in Laeken in 2001 to start the … Continue reading Losing citizenship and democratic authority in Europe

Toward a citizens’ Europe

Thijs Berman, former MEP and journalist, argues that EU referendum debates in the Netherlands show that decades of democratisation have led to a new kind of a citizen that demands to be heard. This piece is part of the UCL European Institute’s first guest editor week on openDemocracy. Those in the Netherlands who were in favour of the EU’s draft constitutional treaty in the 2005 referendum campaign most often … Continue reading Toward a citizens’ Europe