John Bruton | In June, the people of the United Kingdom may vote to leave the European Union (EU). At the moment, a narrow majority favors remaining in the EU, but a large group is undecided. That group could swing toward a “leave” position for a variety of reasons, including what might be temporary EU problems with refugees. However temporary the reasons might be, a decision to leave would be politically irreversible.
Fernando Barciela | European leaders are upset these days about the possibility of the UK abandoning the EU. But in the end, they seem convinced that this will be avoided.
JOHN BRUTON | With a refugee crisis, a banking union and the prospect of a Brexit, the European Union is faced with a host of questions. The situation was described at the EPP Congress as the “most serious crisis for the European Union since its creation.” This is not an exaggeration.
MADRID | July 22, 2015 | By Judith MacInnes | British Prime Minister David Cameron’s ploy to make a grand presentation on his plans for European reform at the June 26 Euro Summit was scuppered by the escalating Greece crisis.
LONDON | By Dr Simon Usherwood | Cameron needs to be able to show that a British agenda of market-based integration has traction in the EU and that he is ‘winning the argument’. He’s being ‘tough’ policy helps little.
BRUSSELS | By Ralf Grahn, lawyer and EU adviser | Sustained campaigns by anti-EU mass market papers deliberately distort public opinion, preparing the ground for secession (Brexit).