Nick Malkoutzis via Macropolis | A pointless referendum, a prime minister resigning, the opposition collapsing in a heap, the finance minister disappearing and nobody having any plan about what to do: This has all happened over the last few years in Greece. Never, though, all at the same time as has just occurred in the UK.
Just as he did with the Scottish referendum, David Cameron has also pulled it off in the case of Brexit: the possibility that the UK will leave the EU. His negotiations with the EU have been efficient, giving him freedom of action on issues which, in any event, will have to be reformed, like the free movement of citizens.
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.
Although there is still no date set for the referendum on whether the UK withdraws or not from the European Union, it’s looking very much like this could take place in October 2016. Prime Minister David Cameron has said his intention is not to abandon the EU, but rather reshape its ties with Britain. But key analysts think his strategy could be risky and, in the end, go against him and jeopardise his political future.
MADRID | By Tania Suárez | European Red Tape has been subject to a lot of criticism due to its harsh conditions. A British Government report released on Tuesday claims that “EU regulation is strangling economic growth.” PM David Cameron said it was time for Brussels to “commit to more concrete measures to get rid of the unnecessary regulation which holds our businesses, and Europe, back.”
MADRID | By Tania Suárez | Ana Botín will now be part of a first level team in David Cameron’s government, which will stand up for Brand London as international financial centre. The Prime Minister has chosen the Spanish businesswoman after her harsh speech on “the culture of pessimism” in Britain.
LONDON | By Victor Jimenez | The recent push for apprenticeships the Prime Minister favours could be costlier in the long run against the meagre savings in higher education spending achieved in the short term.
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.
Whether officials in the EU institutions like it or not, the institutions feel remote from most of Europe. And the democratic deficit has grown wider as a result of the eurozone crisis.
LONDON | Spanish president Mariano Rajoy stepped on to Downing Street but talked instead to the City of London. It will not be the last time that this happens. The shift in the UK’s relationship with most European Union country members should be a troubling sign of the declining power Whitehall and the Houses of Parliament retain amid one of the most crude economic downturns seen in some decades. Then…