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Why Europe needs a constitution

Why Europe needs a constitution

Andrew Marr
01 June 1999
Europe cannot survive as a political entity without being a working democracy. Here are three simple propositions about how it can become one. The first is that nothing which is too complicated for the ordinary voter to understand can ever be democratic.
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Issue 6 - 1999

François Heisbourg, Kitty Ussher, Michael Maclay, Andrew Marr
28 May 1999
Will EMU lead to a European economic government?

Will EMU lead to a European economic government?

David Currie, Alan Donnelly, Heiner Flassbeck, Ben Hall, Jean Lemierre, Tomasso Padoa-Schioppa, Nigel Wicks
07 May 1999
Both proponents and opponents of economic and monetary union (EMU) have always viewed it as an engine of further European integration and as another milestone on the road to an ill-defined 'political union'.
Name the day

Name the day: The business case for joining the euro

Colin Sharman
02 April 1999
Tony Blair's presentation to the House of Commons of a national changeover plan for the adoption of the euro, last February, will come to be seen as a defining moment in Britain's path towards economic and monetary union (EMU).
Scotland Europa: Independence in Europe?

Scotland Europa: Independence in Europe?

Matthew Happold
02 April 1999
There is a question mark over the future of the nation-state in Europe. National monetary sovereignty has been transferred to the European level in most EU states.
Europe's emerging political union

Europe's emerging political union

01 April 1999
As many Darwinians believe that evolution has progressed not steadily, but through occasional, sudden spurts. The European Union may be evolving in a similar way.
The danger of centralisation

The danger of centralisation

Ben Hall
01 April 1999
During Oskar Lafontaine's brief reign as German finance minister, Europe seemed to veer towards much greater centralisation of economic policy-making. He argued that governments needed to forge a more centralised system of economic policy-making.
Europe's wake up call

Europe's wake up call

Steven Everts
01 April 1999
"We've made it!" That was the predominant feeling among leading continental politicians and officials in the weeks after January 1st. The many merchants of doom had been proven wrong.
Bulletin issue 5

Issue 5 - 1999

Charles Grant, Ben Hall, Steven Everts
26 March 1999
Europe's uncertain identity

Europe's uncertain identity

Gilles Andréani
05 February 1999
The launch of the euro is a success of historic proportions. It is also the ultimate vindication of the method first sketched out nearly fifty years ago in the Schuman memorandum.
Russia in Europe

Russia in Europe

Rodric Braithwaite
05 February 1999
Russia is a European country, though a very peculiar one. Russia is also in deep crisis. But the situation in Russia is never as bad or as good as it seems.
The EU budget: An agenda for reform

The EU budget: An agenda for reform

John Peet, Kitty Ussher
05 February 1999
The nastiest arguments in the European Union, as in any family, are the ones about money. Communautaire sentiment soon evaporates when prime ministers start to haggle over the budget.
Give on the rebate to gain elsewhere

Give on the rebate to gain elsewhere

Kitty Ussher
01 February 1999
At their special summit in March, EU leaders are due to settle the Union's finances for the next seven years. The British government is adamant: the budget rebate won by Mrs Thatcher in 1984 is not up for negotiation.
Vision please

Vision please

Ben Hall
01 February 1999
This year will be crucial both for the development of the European Union and for Britain's position within it. Outside EMU, Britain cannot be one of the leading players. It will have to run to keep up. That means that the government must actively engage in a public debate about Europe's future.
The end of EADC

The end of EADC

Charles Grant, Alexandra Ashbourne
01 February 1999
A little over a year ago the political leaders of Britain, France and Germany launched their plan for a European Aerospace and Defence Company (EADC).
The myth of tax harmonisation

The myth of tax harmonisation

Kitty Ussher
01 February 1999
There are no plans to harmonise European Union rates of VAT, income tax or company tax. Yet the inhabitants of Britain could be forgiven for thinking precisely the opposite.
Bulletin issue 4

Issue 4 - 1999

Charles Grant, Kitty Ussher, Ben Hall, Alexandra Ashbourne, Kitty Ussher
29 January 1999
What next for Russia?

What next for Russia?

Rodric Braithwaite
01 December 1998
Russia is a European country, albeit one with many non-European interests. Russia and the other countries of Europe share a common concern for the stability and prosperity of the continent.
A new model of European integration?

A new model of European integration?

David Harrison
01 December 1998
Ben Hall writes interestingly about the distinction between looser, inter-governmental forms of EU co-operation and actual EU legislation ('detailed, centrally-set rules') in CER Bulletin Issue 2. I agree such a distinction is helpful. But is it in fact new?
Since at least 1964 (and the landmark case of Costa v ENEL)...
Reshaping Europe's defence

Reshaping Europe's defence

01 December 1998
All across Europe, politicians and diplomats are scratching their heads and asking the same question: when was the last time that Britain came up with such a constructive initiative on the future of the European Union?