You can’t blame Brussels for Brexit

Ronan McCrea, Barrister and Senior Lecturer in Law at UCL, argues that it is not clear that the EU is any less accountable than national governments. The claim that the EU is undemocratic and unaccountable is made so often it seems to be an accepted background to any discussion of the union. The charges levelled against it assert that EU institutions are unelected, unaccountable, and … Continue reading You can’t blame Brussels for Brexit

Don’t blame young voters for not bothering about the EU referendum

Professor Anand Menon, Professor of European Politics and Foreign Affairs at King’s College London and Director of the UK in a Changing Europe initiative, highlights the challenges of engaging young voters in the EU referendum campaign. Despite having the most at stake, young Britons tend to be not only uninformed about the EU in general, but also disinterested in the referendum debate. Never before have … Continue reading Don’t blame young voters for not bothering about the EU referendum

Who speaks for Europe? The UK referendum as a pan-European affair

Andrew Glencross, lecturer in International Politics at the University of Stirling, argues that the Brexit debate greatly affects Europe yet commentary from EU figures and European heads of state has been surprisingly muted. Why is this so? This piece is part of the UCL European Institute’s first guest editor week on openDemocracy. It is all too easy to treat the forthcoming UK referendum on EU membership as a purely … Continue reading Who speaks for Europe? The UK referendum as a pan-European affair

The EU deal – what does it mean for immigration and benefits?

Jonathan Portes, Principal Research Fellow at NIESR, and a Senior Fellow of UK in a Changing Europe, takes a closer look at David Cameron’s EU deal, and asks what impact it may have on immigration to the UK, free movement of EU citizens, and the contested issue of access to in work benefits in the UK. The President of the European Council, Donald Tusk, wrote … Continue reading The EU deal – what does it mean for immigration and benefits?

David Cameron Needs a Vision for the Future of Europe

Matt Wood, Lecturer in Politics at the University of Sheffield, analyses David Cameron’s recent attempts at negotiating reform of the EU. As Cameron concentrates on the UK’s position within the EU, is he missing the opportunity to secure allies by ignoring how EU reform could benefit all member states in the future? If David Cameron can’t convince the Polish Prime minister of the need for change in the EU, … Continue reading David Cameron Needs a Vision for the Future of Europe