Is being European a white identity? Brussels needs deep reflection in the wake of the Black Lives Matter movement

Neema Begum, Research Associate, Centre on the Dynamics of Ethnicity, University of Manchester and writer at UK in a Changing Europe, assesses whether the European identity is an inclusive one, in which she critically analyses the EU institutions in light of the Black Lives Matter movement. Continue reading Is being European a white identity? Brussels needs deep reflection in the wake of the Black Lives Matter movement

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

Brexit referendum folly

Jan Zielonka, Professor of European Politics at the University of Oxford, writes that the consequences of the Brexit referendum are bad for both Europe and Britain, regardless of the result. This piece is part of the UCL European Institute’s commissioning partnership with openDemocracy on ‘Brexit Divisions’. The EU referendum in the United Kingdom was intended as a festival of democracy, but it has proved to … Continue reading Brexit referendum folly

Power to the parliaments! But will Cameron’s EU partners join his crusade?

David Cameron wants national parliaments to have more say in the EU, but other European capitals have little appetite for radical change. Agata Gostyńska-Jakubowska, Research Fellow at the Centre for European Reform, argues that he should instead focus on improving existing mechanisms for parliaments to influence draft EU legislation. The British Prime Minister, David Cameron, has been touring European capitals to present his package for … Continue reading Power to the parliaments! But will Cameron’s EU partners join his crusade?

Not in front of the MPs: Why can’t Parliament have a frank discussion about the EU?

In this post, Agata Gostyńska, research fellow at the Centre for European Reform, explains how Britain’s Parliament does a poor job of examining EU business—and proposes some simple reforms that would improve the way that it scrutinises European legislation. The British prime minister, David Cameron, wants to make the EU more democratic. National parliamentarians, in his view, understand citizens’ concerns better than MEPs who deliberate … Continue reading Not in front of the MPs: Why can’t Parliament have a frank discussion about the EU?