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Britain Outside Europe?
What would a “Brexit” mean, for the EU and the rest of the world?
by Almut Möller, Tim Oliver
Britain Outside Europe?
The possibility of Britain withdrawing from the European Union – a “Brexit” – has been receiving growing attention. What would it mean for the rest of the European Union, its individual members, wider Europe, and other states around the world such as the United States and Japan. The series, first published on IP JOURNAL, is now available as a DGAP publication.
Category: European Union, United Kingdom
Dear Brits, Please Be Upfront!
What Merkel should tell London
by Almut Möller
Dear Brits, Please Be Upfront!
On Thursday German Chancellor Angela Merkel will be in London, meeting with Prime Minister David Cameron and Queen Elizabeth II. She will also address the House of Commons and the House of Lords. Expectations are running high: Germany is supposed to pave the way for a renegotiated British EU membership. How should Merkel respond? Here are some suggestions.
Category: European Union, United Kingdom, Germany
Britain Outside Europe? The German View
Berlin wants to cooperate with London, but isn't eager to make concessions
by Almut Möller
Britain Outside Europe? The German View
Berlin would rather not have a British in/out question added to its already packed EU agenda. While David Cameron’s speech in January 2013 did resonate with some in the German political arena, the attitude so far has been one of “let’s cross that bridge when we come to it.”
Category: Bilateral Relations, Germany, United Kingdom
Britain Outside Europe? Introduction
Views on the future of the UK and EU, from Europe and beyond
by Almut Möller, Tim Oliver
Britain Outside Europe? Introduction
We have debated what a withdrawal or renegotiated relationship with Europe would mean for Britain. But what would a Brexit or new relationship mean for the rest of the EU, other member states, allies, and the global standing of both Europe and the United Kingdom? Analysts from other EU member states and beyond give us their perspectives on the implications of a change in Britain's relationship with the Union.
Category: European Union, Europe, United Kingdom, Worldwide
Aiming High: Architecture of the EU
Balancing government by rules and government by politics
by Almut Möller
Aiming High: Architecture of the EU
As long as it remains unclear whether extra treaties such as the Fiscal Compact are weakening or strengthening the EU, attentions should be focused on better understanding the processes and movement of power within the existing patchwork system, rather than on a debate over more visionary structural reform.
Category: Political Participation, European Union, Geographical areas of Europe
Berlin Getting Into Election Gear
Can the polls be won on the euro rescue?
by Almut Möller
Berlin Getting Into Election Gear
Clearly, the future still does not look rosy for the Eurozone. But three years into the euro crisis, Angela Merkel, whose global recognition has skyrocketed in the course of the crisis, remains in surprisingly good shape. As many times as worries that the euro rescue will ultimately fail might have kept her up at night over this past year — she doesn’t look it.
Category: European Union, Western Europe, Geographical areas of Europe, Europe, Germany
London Is Calling, But not Getting Through
Germans prove to be less than receptive to British efforts to debate Europe
by Almut Möller
London Is Calling, But not Getting Through
Londoners are flocking to Berlin these days. During the last two years the Brits calling Berlin or stopping by to chat with Berlin’s political analysts seemed to mostly come from the financial sector. But as eurozone governments have begun transitioning from crisis mode into the messy business of sorting out the longer-term fixes, it’s now Britain's politicians who are showing up in Berlin to discuss Europe.
Category: European Union, Bilateral Relations, United Kingdom, Western Europe, Europe, Geographical areas of Europe
A Union Within the Union
Is Berlin ready for more differentiation within Europe?
by Almut Möller
A Union Within the Union
Talk about “multiple speeds” within Europe has been a regular part of the EU debate over the past decades. But many think that the risks of too many speeds within the European Union have often outweighed its benefits.
Category: European Union, Europe
A Pacifier Made in Karlsruhe
A boon for the euro, but a bust for Germany's opposition
by Almut Möller
A Pacifier Made in Karlsruhe
Karlsruhe has spoken. As most commentators expected, the highest German constitutional court followed the logic of its past EU related rulings: It is not preventing the Europeanization of Germany, but again communicates its concerns about the rights of the Bundestag and other fundamental pillars of Germany’s constitutional order. Germany again proves to be a predictable and reliable player, which is the major message for Europe and beyond.
Category: Economy and Currency, European Union, Europe
The End of the Union As We Know It...
...and the beginning of something new: the debate has started
by Almut Möller
The EU is in the process of finding itself again—and the success of this endeavor is far from guaranteed. However, the fact that the debate has started, and that it is more controversial than in the past, is basically a good sign. The new Union will be forged by a new culture of debate, elections, and referenda—or it will fail.
Category: European Union, Western Europe, Europe