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Month: November 2015

EU Referendum Puts Britain’s Importance in India at Risk

A potential Brexit will not really impact Britain’s relations with India. But it could lower its own prestige and weaken the EU, therefore reducing the potential for comprehensive EU-India strategic cooperation. India has a special relationship with Britain. Its colonial rule led to deep undercurrents of influence in independent India. Contrary to its actual weight, …

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EU Referendum: A Moment of Confounding Significance

An ‘in-out’ referendum on UK membership of the European Union in 2016 could fall within weeks, or even days, of Australia’s next national elections, which can be expected no later than September or October next year. Brexit – or its rejection – would be a moment of confounding significance in Australian politics and culture. Few …

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EU Referendum: Übermensch Escapism, and Anglo-American-European Solidarity

Someday we ought to make a list of those great debates that serve as great distractions. Brexit offers no solution to the issues that plague the world, and would only make things worse. Every sensible and informed American would agree. The special relationship between our two countries would only sour on Brexit, unless America elects …

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The EU Referendum and Why China is Concerned About It

For the Chinese media, President Xi’s forthcoming visit to Britain is the biggest concern, but for serious observers in China, the focus is still the “Exit Referendum”. While most Chinese people are excited about the invitation sent by the Queen to Mr. Xi and his wife to a reception at Buckingham Palace, I regard this …

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Better in than Out: A Catalonian Point of View

Citizens of the United Kingdom will be asked to decide whether or not the UK should remain a member of the European Union. Voters called upon to choose between these options will need to sort their way through everything from sweeping, emotionally charged pro-sovereignty and anti-immigration arguments to finer reasoning linked to specific national economic …

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Corbyn and Europe

The remarkable insurgency that led to Jeremy Corbyn’s victory in Labour’s ensuing leadership election had little if anything to do with Europe. But Europe has already played a crucial role in defining his leadership, with helpful results, somewhat improbably, for the pro European cause in the coming referendum. This leadership election was Labour’s first full-throated …

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Europe and the Future of the United Kingdom

The issue of the United Kingdom’s place in the European Union has become deeply entangled with the future of the United Kingdom itself. Since the 1980s, the EU has provided a vital external support system for proposals for Scottish independence. The European Union provides a crucial underpinning for the Northern Ireland peace settlement, providing for …

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Why Corbyn’s Election has European implications – Irish Perspective

When asked about the impact of the 1789 French Revolution by President Nixon in 1978 the then Chinese Premier, Zhou Enlai, is reported to have replied ‘It’s too early to say’. This answer could apply to a question about the future of Europe today. The Great Integration Project that has dominated policy for sixty years …

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The use of Direct Democracy in the European Union

All EU countries are able to hold referenda, but practice varies considerably, depending on the provisions made for holding referenda in each state’s constitution. Key differences are whether referenda are binding or non-binding on the Government, and whether the constitution obliges States to hold referenda in certain circumstances, as in Ireland or Denmark, or whether, …

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