From Owen Thomas: There are questions aplenty regarding Europe and Britain’s relationship with it. Media in the UK spends much of its time questioning the role of the E.U., while the British Conservative Party looks like it will spend much of the next five months attempting to reconcile the differing views of those on each wing of the party. What effect will this dialogue, and the tension tories feels about the E.U., have on the UK’s relationship with Europe? Why were two unknowns appointed, behind closed doors, to the newly created roles of President of the European Council and Foreign High Representative? Towards the periphery of Europe, Ukraine will hold Presidential elections in January – will that spark moves towards or away from the E.U.? Finally, with Hungary and the Czech Republic set to join the Euro, will the Eurozone see continued expansion in the near future? What does this mean for UK politics and political dialogue?

From Louis Connor: The topic of European Integration is often approached tentatively in this country to say the least. A gap in the EU dialogue is the case for full EU integration and for Britain to relinquish more power to the EU as its primary governing body. In this article, I try to make a case for that and argue that this should be done without seeking consent from the British public……[Continue Reading]

From Joe Dyke: I want to talk about something brought up in Louis’ article last week that while he recognises he fails to draw out – the contradiction between Europe and devolution……[Continue Reading]

From Jez: Byron: The EU decides on regulation that affects all citizens and it also has the power to be a force on the world stage. The complete lack of attention paid to what goes on in Brussels is a result of convenience on the part of our national politicians, and timidity and a failure of communication on the part of our media and civil society……[Continue Reading]

From Owen Thomas: A month’s scrutiny of the E.U. and its politics has touched on several different areas and, worryingly, problems with the institution. However a contradiction has emerged in the arguments that should be addressed. That is, if we can find so many faults with the E.U. why do British politicians and the contributions on this site call for widening integration? Why should Turkey, the Ukraine, or possibly Russia be brought into an institution that, many argue, is flawed?……[Continue Reading]

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