Juncker to EU Commissioners: End “more Europe”

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Little noticed in Jean-Claude Juncker’s mission letters to his Commissioner-candidates is some surprisingly bold language, which seems to swap federalists’ mantra of “more Europe” for “Europe, when nothing else will do”. The wording is important because of the recent debate over the EU’s pursuit of “ever-closer…

Independence: Who’s Next?

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A few weeks after Scots came close to breaking up the United Kingdom, Belgium will likely get a federal government that for the first time includes Flemish nationalists. Will Belgium be the next to flirt with a breakup? There are good reasons why it…

An Independent Scotland? Just Imagine…

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Why has support for a Yes vote in the Scottish referendum risen this year, as difficulties for an independent Scotland become increasingly clear? My guess is that it’s linked to the way in which people handle difficult-to-answer questions about the future and the difficulty of imagining…