By Sam Stopp Ordinary British men and women are confused. “Why are the officials of the European Union behaving like such arrogant, thuggish bullies?”, they wonder. The answer is that the EU represents the inglorious last stand of European "reason." When it falls, what little is left of Europe itself will fall with it. … [Read more...] about Brits want to leave Europe’s party because the fun’s over and we’re all tired
Days after insiders claimed a Brexit deal was close, British Prime Minister Theresa May and Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn were once again engaged in a tense debate about Brexit negotiations in the Commons. Corbyn accused his Conservative counterpart of delivering a "nothing-has-changed moment from this shambles of a government" in Parliament Monday, likening her statement on the state of talks to reliving “Groundhog Day”. … [Read more...] about Watch: May v Corbyn on the state of Brexit Negotiations
The chances of the United Kingdom and the European Union reaching a deal over Brexit are in jeopardy after talks on Sunday brought more deadlock. Despite reports that agreement was close on the terms of the UK’s departure from the EU, the meeting between Brussels negotiator Michel Barnier and British Brexit minister Dominic Raab broke up after little over an hour with key issues – notably the Irish border – still unresolved. … [Read more...] about ‘Checkmate’ for Theresa May as Brexit talks fail again
In Bavaria on Sunday, German Chancellor Angela Merkel's sister party the Christian Social Union (CSU) lost its absolute majority, suffered its worst election result since 1950. But the vote delivered an ever bigger blow to Merkel's national coalition partner the Social Democrats. Euronews asks political analyst Leopold Traugott about what the results mean for Germany and Europe. Euronews: What do you think is the most important aspect of the results of this election? In other words, which party’s score will have the greatest impact for Germany? Leopold Traugott: The stark decline of the Social Democrats (SPD) is for me the key result. You may argue that by now we should be used to seeing them losing, but yesterday’s defeat has a special quality. The party’s vote actually halved, from 20.6% in 2013, to just 9.7%! This marks the party’s worst result in Bavaria since the 1930s, and is the first state parliament now where they have fallen below the symbolic 10% … [Read more...] about Bavarian election: Do not forget the biggest loser, SPD!
Almost two out of three Europeans say they are not convinced life would be any worse without the EU, according to a survey by a Brussels-based think tank. Friends of Europe surveyed 11,000 people across the bloc in September and found that 64% were not convinced their lives would be worse without the EU, and nearly half of respondents said they thought the EU was "irrelevant". … [Read more...] about EU is “irrelevant” according to half of those surveyed