The many faces of euroscepticism: How the EU was once everything to everyone, but is no longer

European political and economic integration has been enabled by broad consensus across many parties and nations. Socialists, conservatives, industry, environmentalists, and cultural minorities all saw their aspirations reflected in the EU. Today, many of these groups no longer see themselves in the European project, fuelling growing euroscepticism from the very same factions that helped the EU come about.

Obama defends democracy in Europe but misses the point about the EU: it is fundamentally undemocratic

On his last international trip as president, Barack Obama gave an important speech in Athens on democracy. In it, he hailed European integration as “one of the great political and economic achievements of human history.” He is right to defend democracy, but his comments betray a fundamental misunderstanding of the European Union, which has been an undemocratic organization from its inception. Democracy is on the rise in Europe, and whatever comes next cannot include the EU.

Wallonia’s resistance to Canada trade deal exposes the EU’s democratic deficit

The small Belgian region of Wallonia held up the 7-year Canada-EU trade agreement process in October. Though some argue this is overreach by a small constituency, effectively hijacking the trade deal, this is far from being the case. Wallonia’s decision reflects the genuine concerns of many Europeans, who have not yet had the opportunity to be heard.