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The MFF Negotiations: Has Rutte Made a Frugal Fool of Himself?

Photo: Dutch PM Mark Rutte © Stephanie Lecocq/Pool/AP Last month, the European Council finally managed, to agree on Multiannual Financial Framework (MFF), outlining the EU’s long-term budget from 2021 until 2027. The highest budget in the EU’s history came, with the ability of the Union, to raise its own funds. It is undoubtedly a cause […]

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UK Toppling of Slave Owner Statue Sparks Anti-Racist Uprising Across Europe

Photo courtesy of PA Media. In case you haven’t heard, a statue of 17th-century slave trader Edward Colston was torn down this week during a Black Lives Matter protest in Bristol, South-West England. According to the BBC, after the statue was toppled, a protester was pictured with his knee on the figure’s neck — reminiscent of the […]

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Citizens & Experts Talk Future of Europe: How has Social Equality been Affected by the COVID-19 Pandemic?

To mark Europe Day – otherwise known as Schuman Day – the European Future Forum (EFF) joined up with Citizens Takeover Europe for a panel discussion as a part of the #EuropeFutureFringe initiative. This Q&A session enabled both experts and citizens to discuss the future of Europe in light of the current situation with the […]

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“We Shall Fight Them From Our Houses…” The Pandemic’s Worrying Wartime Parallels

The struggle against the coronavirus over the past few months has consistently been defined as a “war” in Europe. Beyond Donald Trump’s insistence on qualifying as a “Wartime President”, Emmanuel Macron declared France “at war”, so too did Boris Johnson when stating that the British Government will “act like in wartime”. Decidedly, some in Europe […]

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Brexit chaos continues with possibility of a UK General Election looming

After the divisive Boris Johnson taking over as UK Prime Minister and winning a long-contested battle for the Tory leadership race, the possibility of a general election is growing ever larger – with Johnson being keen on Britain exiting the European Union by the 31st October deadline. On the other side of the political spectrum, […]