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David Cameron’s deal with the EU

Two weeks after David Cameron returned from Brussels, Peter Ludlow takes a fresh look at the negotiated settlement that the Prime Minister secured. Ludlow argues that the February agreement institutionalises British exceptionalism. The British belong to the EU but are not of it. They are second class members and are never likely to be more.

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The myth of full British sovereignty

Werner Jeanrond argues that reforming the institutions of the European Union is a noble act – who would not wish to support it – but asking for full national sovereignty today reveals a nostalgic desire to live in a world long gone and plays to the tune of media and corporate managers that neither care for Britain’s nor for Europe’s future.

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Postcard from the Hague

In this postcard from the Hague, Andrew Gready the chaplain to the Anglican Church in The Hague explores Dutch attitudes to Brexit. He writes that the Dutch share many of the same concerns as the British re migration, and the integration of refugees, but are keen for the UK to stay in the EU.

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Between renegotiation and referendum

Peter Ludlow provides a stock take of British Prime Minister’s efforts to renegotiate Britain’s relationship with the EU. He argues that even if the PM is able to secure concessions from his EU counterparts it is far from clear the concessions will satisfy electorate. The referendum in 2016 will be very different to the one in 1975.

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The fragility of European unity

The achievement of a lasting peace between former enemies has undoubtedly been the great success of the European project, but as Sir Francis Campbell explores in this blog this strength has masked a deeper fagility that is slowly being exposed by a series of political and economic crises.

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Who do we think we are?

In ‘Who do we think we are?’, Bishop Nick Baines questions whether it’s time for a new narrative to help shape who and what we want Europe to become.

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The EU – not as godless as you think

Robert Innes, Anglican Bishop in Europe, takes a fresh look at the origins of the EU and how it has been shaped by Christian thinking.

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