Hungary and Poland pose worse threat to EU than Brexit

Ronan McCrea argues that the crisis of trust between EU member states, and more notably between Hungary and Poland and the rest of the EU, is the biggest threat faced by the EU today.  This turmoil questions the core principle of mutual recognition among member states that is vital to the EU functioning.  The Hungarian government forcibly retired judges and gave political figures greater control … Continue reading Hungary and Poland pose worse threat to EU than Brexit

A storm in a tea cup? Why all the fuss around the EU budget

Filipa Figueira, Teaching Fellow at UCL’s School of Slavonic and East European Studies, unpacks the politics and the emotional potential of the EU budget, and why Brexit might be good news in this regard.  Every seven years, the EU braces itself for a strange recurring phenomenon: Its comparatively small budget (only 1% of GNI; insignificant when compared to national governments’ budgets) becomes the focus of rapt attention from … Continue reading A storm in a tea cup? Why all the fuss around the EU budget

Does Eastern Europe have lessons for Brexit Britain?

Seán Hanley, Senior Lecturer in Comparative Central and East European Politics at UCL, examines lessons learned from historical political change in Central and East Europe, and asks whether any parallels can be drawn with post-Brexit Britain. In the aftermath of the EU referendum a number of Central and South East Europeanists wrote blogs reflecting on possible parallels between Brexit and break-ups of multinational socialist states … Continue reading Does Eastern Europe have lessons for Brexit Britain?

Could Brexit lead to Frexit – or Czexit?

Seán Hanley, Senior Lecturer in Comparative Central and East European Politics at UCL, examines the claims that Brexit may lead to significant political repercussions in other EU member states, including potentially a domino effect of EU referendums. A powerful coalition of forces – ranging from the driest of conservatives to Greens and the radical left and taking in big business,  trade unions, churches and universities … Continue reading Could Brexit lead to Frexit – or Czexit?

Unsettling times for a settled population? Polish perspectives on Brexit

Many Poles have lived, worked, and settled in the UK for up to 12 years now. Anne White, Professor of Polish Studies at the UCL School of Slavonic and East European Studies, says it’s no longer so easy for them to pick up and leave. This piece is part of the UCL European Institute’s commissioning partnership with openDemocracy. When I was asked to write a piece about … Continue reading Unsettling times for a settled population? Polish perspectives on Brexit