For eurosceptics, the 2018 Italian election represents an important juncture in the European project. There is a strong likelihood that the parliament resulting from March’s vote will not only oppose deeper integration, but possibly even join the UK in rolling it back.
The Visegrad Group (Poland, Slovakia, Hungary, and the Czech Republic) believe that it is possible to change the EU from the inside, by bringing it back to its roots as a coalition of independent states. In this regard, the Group’s intentions are good, but wishful thinking—the EU only knows how to do one thing: deeper integration.
If SPD delegates and members give Merkel’s coalition proposals the go-ahead, the resulting government in Berlin would be staunchly pro-EU, agreeing to significant leaps into further integration. In short, eurosceptics should care deeply about what’s going on in Germany.
Calls for a second referendum on EU membership persist, with some suggesting that the British electorate should keep “an open mind” about reversing Brexit. There’s nothing wrong about keeping an open mind, but there’s also nothing open-minded about reversing Brexit.
Much has been said about the consequences of Brexit on Ireland. However, far too little attention has been given to the threats posed to Ireland by continued EU membership. This blog post provides a primer on how EU membership has benefited Ireland so far, and how these benefits cannot last if Ireland remains a member state.
Since Brexit, there has been no shortage of events marking the ongoing struggle against European integration. In this regard, 2018 will be no different. Indeed, this year promises some of the most important challenges to ever closer union yet. The following list includes the top five things eurosceptics should keep an eye on this year.
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.