For eurosceptics, a lot is at stake in this election: either Madrid successfully snuffs out the independence movement, or Catalonia pursues its current course out of Spain and the EU.
In your efforts to ensure your country’s smooth transition away from EU membership, you have met more than one stumbling block. Between restoring British legal supremacy, settling your accounts with the EU, and establishing functioning borders, your attempts to define a future relationship with the EU have fallen short. It’s time to keep calm and walk away from Brexit negotiations.
If a government is not formed in coming weeks, Germans could return to the polls in early 2018. Many have blamed the free-market liberal Free Democratic Party (FDP) for walking away from the talks, but a simple analysis allows for a more accurate conclusion: the blame for Germany’s political crisis lies squarely on the shoulders of Angela Merkel.
While the UK’s parliament debates the EU Withdrawal Bill, its government is pursuing a post-Brexit deal on the continent. On both fronts, the decision Britons took to leave the EU is under threat. Indeed, their government has precious little wiggle room to deliver, but it still has a few aces up its sleeve.
Following this year’s election results in the Netherlands and France, many in the media, politics, and academia were quick to announce the death of euroscepticism. Whether they know it or not, 2017 has proved these voices wrong. 2016 was no anomaly, and euroscepticism never died—it’s bigger than ever. Here’s why…
In light of the push from Paris to create a pan-Eurozone budget, there is a real risk of transfer union—something most Germans don’t want. Knowing the flexibility Merkel has shown Brussels in the past, only the Free Democratic Party stands between German taxpayers and pensioners, and a system that penalizes them for their fiscal prudence.
Instead of pushing for mediation or supporting democratic expression, the EU has squarely rejected Catalonia’s peaceful attempts towards further autonomy. Regardless of Brussels’ justification for this, it will likely lose another generation of supporters as a result.
It’s hard to believe that it’s already been a year since this blog’s first post. Much has changed since the Brexit vote, but you can always count on The Eurosceptic to cover important events, introduce new arguments, and defend the right of all peoples to self-determination.
From its accession to the EU in 2004, the Czech Republic has been among the most eurosceptic member states. As Czechs head to the polls on October 20-21, they are likely to elect a parliament composed primarily of eurosceptic parties, meaning a 4-year headache for Brussels.
Rather than inspiring a constructive attitude to Brexit talks in Brussels, Theresa May’s Florence speech generated yet more calls for “clarity”, and that “sufficient progress” be made before talks could advance. This lacklustre EU position is not the result of sincere consideration of May’s proposals. Rather, it looks a lot more like a deliberate tactic to either prevent Brexit, or punish Britain.