The Dutch powderkeg: Why the Netherlands is next to leave the EU

As the dust settles from Italy’s “no” vote to constitutional reform, and a parliamentary vote in Westminster nudges Brexit a little bit closer to reality, the next big eurosceptic event looms large. The Dutch elect a new parliament on March 15, 2017, and there are strong indications that eurosceptic voices will take a significant share of the vote. The Netherlands has become a powderkeg of euroscepticism, and is likely the next EU domino to fall.

On December 4th, all eyes are on Austria and Italy

Two important votes are taking place this Sunday, December 4th. Austria is holding its long-delayed presidential election between two candidates from non-traditional political parties, and, on the other side of the Alps, Italy is holding a referendum on far-reaching constitutional reform. This article explains, in short, why these votes are so important, and in particular, why eurosceptics should care.

Rather than trying to stop Brexit, elites should focus on making it a success

Many significant figures in business, politics, and the media openly campaigned for the UK to remain in the EU. Since June’s Brexit vote, elite pushback has persisted, if not accelerated, threatening the vote’s result. Rather than oppose the British people, these figures should focus on making the most of the opportunities presented by Brexit.

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.