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Erasmus Scheme May Exclude British Students After Brexit

Erasmus Scheme May Exclude British Students After Brexit

Britain faces exclusion from one of the glowing successes of European Union membership: a university study programme that has benefited tens of thousands of British young people and many more from the EU visiting Britain. I feel bereaved by Brexit and if it leads to the exclusion of the UK from Erasmus, this would be […]

Angela Merkel Backs Theresa May’s Plan Not To Trigger Brexit This Year

Angela Merkel Backs Theresa May’s Plan Not To Trigger Brexit This Year

The German chancellor, Angela Merkel, has backed Theresa May’s decision to wait until next year before starting the formal process of leaving the EU, despite pressure from others in Europe for a speedier exit. After their first meeting in Berlin, Merkel gave support to the new prime minister, saying it was right and necessary for […]

Theresa May To Angela Merkel: UK Will Need Time To Prepare For Brexit

Theresa May To Angela Merkel: UK Will Need Time To Prepare For Brexit

Theresa May will today warn Angela Merkel that she needs time to prepare for Brexit, as she heads to Berlin for private talks with the German chancellor. The new prime minister will fly to Berlin after facing her first prime minister’s questions against Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn on Wednesday. Merkel and May’s working dinner is […]

No EU Exit For Us, Say Italy’s On-The-Rise Eurosceptics

No EU Exit For Us, Say Italy’s On-The-Rise Eurosceptics

Italians have looked aghast at the outcome of the Brexit vote, shocked by the rapid fall of political leaders in a nation previously admired for stability and common sense. Dire economic performance in the bel paese (beautiful country) has seen hundreds of thousands of Italians move to the UK, which was until recently held up […]

As The UK Shuts Itself Off, Africa Rolls Out A Welcome Mat Across The Continent

As The UK Shuts Itself Off, Africa Rolls Out A Welcome Mat Across The Continent

In policy as in life, one man’s poison is another man’s cure. While Brexit and rising nationalism across Europe have called into question the European project, last Sunday the African Union (AU) unveiled an electronic passport intended to allow the free movement of people, goods and services across the continent’s 54 countries. The e-passport is […]

EU Officials Finalise Common Asylum System To Resettle Refugees

EU Officials Finalise Common Asylum System To Resettle Refugees

European officials have finalised plans to create a common EU asylum system and refugee resettlement scheme, which advocates portray as the solution to the European migration crisis but which critics believe will be a further betrayal of refugee rights. Officials have proposed creating a semi-standardised system that would allow asylum seekers to expect similar treatment […]

It Is Easy To Despair Of Our Leaders, But Brexit Has Exposed Britain’s Rotten Core

It Is Easy To Despair Of Our Leaders, But Brexit Has Exposed Britain’s Rotten Core

David Cameron has had a good week. Never mind that he took a gamble with the UK’s future, lost his bet and then opted to retire from what seem likely to be protracted and unpleasant consequences; in media terms he has been able more or less to recede from view. Instead, the spotlight has been […]

Brexit Causes Resurgence In Pro-EU Leanings Across Continent

Brexit Causes Resurgence In Pro-EU Leanings Across Continent

Two weeks after Britain’s EU referendum, Europe has defied predictions that the UK’s vote to leave would inspire a surge in copycat breakaway movements, with establishment parties enjoying gains and populists dropping points in the polls. In Germany, the Brexit aftermath has seen Angela Merkel’s popularity ratings surge to a 10-month high, almost returning to […]

Less Aid Money, Less Influence: Brexit’s Likely Hit To The UK’s Development Role

Less Aid Money, Less Influence: Brexit’s Likely Hit To The UK’s Development Role

Despite the many imponderables transfixing domestic politics, it already seems clear that Brexit will have a mainly detrimental effect on Britain’s international role, certainly in the short term. The UK is likely to have less aid money and less influence, while the success of the leave campaign could also signal a more inward-looking agenda. The […]

NATO Summit: Obama Says Brexit Will Not Harm US-Europe Solidarity

NATO Summit: Obama Says Brexit Will Not Harm US-Europe Solidarity

Barack Obama has insisted that solidarity between the US and Europe will not be affected by Brexit, as leaders flew to Warsaw for a Nato summit that the US president said was the “most important moment” for the alliance since the end of the cold war. Speaking in the Polish capital after a meeting with […]

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