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Internal EU policies

Brexit will not be « the greatest negotiation of all times”

By Franklin Dehousse (14-12-2016)

In Commentaries

After reading another declaration about the titanic nature of the Brexit negotiation, in some kind of Proustian reminiscence, I went back to my childhood. Of course, for children’s eyes all walls are titanic indeed. And as a matter of fact you must be young, and quite inexperienced in negotiations, to believe that Brexit will be the greatest of them all. read more…

The Juncker Plan 2.0 : the Belgian view

By Fabian Willermain, Quentin Genard (26-10-2016)

In European Policy Briefs

A few weeks after the presentation by the European Commission of ‘Juncker Plan 2.0’, it is high time to look back at what has so far been achieved by the earlier version of the Juncker Plan – and how well it has worked for Belgium. read more…

The European agenda on migration, one year on. The EU Response to the crisis has produced some results, but will hardly pass another solidarity test

By Fabian Willermain (12-10-2016)

In Other publications

On 13 May 2015, the European Commission proposed the European Agenda on Migration, a new strategy laying the foundation for the EU and its Member States to address both the immediate and the long-term challenges of managing migration flows effectively and comprehensively, and setting out the need for a common approach to granting read more…

September 2016: Back-to-school politics – the EU’s new commitments

By Anca Cioriciu, Fabian Willermain (28-09-2016)

In Commentaries

A snapshot of the EU’s new ambitions in the wake of the State of the Union speech and the Bratislava Declaration as scene-setters for the ‘rentrée politique’. read more…

Thursday, 29 September 2016

Europe and Sovereignty: Realities, Limits and Projects

Seminar (on invitation only)

Beyond “a major federal leap”, which seems out of reach for the time being within the EU, we need to move forward pragmatically and try to overcome the stumbling blocks that are preventing the EU from developing as an international player. How can this shared desire be brought about? read more…

Belgium: Support for the UK staying in the EU, but European integration has priority.

By Fabian Willermain (17-06-2016)

In Other publications

If Britain votes to leave the EU it will have to negotiate its exit and a new post-withdrawal relationship with the EU. Often overlooked in the UK’s debate is the fact that any exit agreement and new relationship will have to be agreed by the remaining 27 EU member states and the European Parliament. read more…

The rise of euroscepticism in the United Kingdom or the failure of Europeanism

By Sophie Heine (17-06-2016)

In Other publications

The European Union has severely undermined perceptions of sovereignty and it will fail unless EU citizens regain their voice in the policy process. Might a fully-fledged federalist project do that? read more…

Plan B after Brexit – What Britain can expect negotiating a Swiss-type arrangement with the EU

By Cenni Najy, Jacqueline Breidlid (17-06-2016)

In European Policy Briefs

For those wishing to see the UK exit from the EU, Switzerland has become a poster child, an example of how a country outside the EU can retain access to the EU’s internal market, thereby flourishing economically, and yet retaining its sovereignty and independence. read more…

Monday, 4 July 2016

The State of the Union: After the British referendum, what future for the EU ?

High level Conference

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Thursday, 26 May 2016

New Pact for Europe, first National Reflection Group


The first National Reflection Group of the ‘New Pact for Europe’ was organized on the 26 may 2016 at the Castel of Val Duchesse. The next meeting will be in Finland for a transnational debate. read more…