During the 1960s, when the United Kingdom begged and failed (twice) to secure admission to the EU’s forerunner, the talk on the continent was of a “credibility gap” underlying Britain’s applications. Desperation-fuelled, the UK was just looking for an economic boost, the cynics claimed. Britain did not really accept the core political values of the … More Brexit: It is time the In campaign got passionate
Numerous people saw the excellent attempt by some of our colleagues advocating against “Brexit” in a video encouraging British voters to vote for “Remain a member of the European Union” in the referendum of 23rd June. The effort was admittedly touching, the reactions positive, everyone congratulated the participants for the outstanding scenario and performance. Nevertheless, … More Was the “Letter to UK” really delivered?
At the time when I’m writing this article I’ve just completed a visit to our College’s Polish campus. A nice dinner in Natolin is always a good idea, especially in the good company of fellow students. Without much effort the topic of conversation turned to Brexit and its possible consequences for the future. Since … More So long, farewell, auf wiedersehen, goodbye?
If your ambition in the future is to be “patron de promotion” at the College of Europe, you have to be an outstanding European. You also have to be dead. But it helps significantly if you’re also male, white and from an ‘old’ Member State. The College has been naming each promotion after outstanding … More What is 93% male, 99.3% white and 90% Western?*
Britain’s relationship with the EU was once described to me as that of a frustrated girlfriend who feels a bit trapped: lots of little frustrations have built up over time, to the point that she feels like she might need a break. What she might really need is to feel like she has a choice … More Britain and the EU, a European Divorce?
Margaritis Schinas is the Chief Spokesperson of the European Commission since November 2014. As Jean Claude Juncker’s voice, this alumnus of the College of Europe is leading a significant part of the EU communication. Exclusive extracts were published within the printed sample, you may find them here ! Pouvez vous résumer votre parcours entre votre … More Margaritis Schinas : “C’est le moment du travail, pas celui des craintes et des spéculations”
After having concluded the conference “Transatlantic leadership: challenges and opportunities“, the U.S. Ambassador to the European Union, Anthony L. Gardner gave an interview to La Voix du Collège and the Alumni association. La Voix du Collège: There is popular distrust against TTIP in Europe. The EU has tried to be more transparent about the negotiations … More U.S. Ambassador Gardner: “if the European Parliament wants a better ISDS, we agree !”
Le Premier Ministre du Grand Duché du Luxembourg, Xavier Bettel, participait à la conférence Reinventing Europe organisée par les anciens du Collège le 17 octobre dernier à Bruges. Il a pu cette occasion avec beaucoup d’éloquence s’exprimer sur les défis qui se posent aujourd’hui à l’Union européenne et échanger avec les étudiants. Il a accepté … More Xavier Bettel : “J’avais osé espérer que le temps des murs en Europe était révolu”
Jez We Can – If anyone saw me in the canteen on Saturday lunchtime, you might have noticed me jumping out my seat as my BBC News app told me that Jeremy Corbyn had won the leadership of the Labour Party (the main centre-left opposition party in the UK) by a landslide. I didn’t vote … More Corbyn elected UK Labour Leader : The Debate