Britain declares trade war on mainland Europe

Carlos Moedas, Member of the EC in charge of Research, Science and Innovation (on the right) met Boris Johnson in London, when the latter was the then Mayor of the British capital. (Date: 23/03/2015. Location: London - City Hall. © European Union, 2015 / Source: EC - Audiovisual Service / Photo: Cyril Villemain).

The new British Prime Minister Theresa May’s choices of Boris Johnson as Foreign minister and David Davis as ‘Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union’, in some respect can be considered as a declaration of a trade war on mainland Europe. The latter of the two despite being almost unknown to the wider public, […]

Brexit casts a shadow over the LSE – Deutsche Börse merger: a tracer of how or if brexit is to be implemented

Deutsche Börse. The main building in Frankfurt am Main. No need to say that last week the London Stock Exchange Group plc (LSEG) shareholders approved the merger with the German bourse with the astonishing 99.98%. It is clear that, after 23 June, London begs for the merger. (Deutsche Börse Audiovisual Services).

One of the most direct and important consequences of the Brexit vote is the uncertainty it casts on the merger of Europe’s largest stock exchanges and clearing houses, the London Stock Exchange and the German bourse in Frankfurt, the Deutsche Börse. The two mammoth institutions, the double sun of Europe’s financial universe, last March agreed […]

Is there a de facto impossibility for the Brexit to kick-start?

European Council - June 2016. EU Heads of State or Government met on 28 June 2016 in Brussels. Over dinner the Heads of State or Government discussed the outcome of the referendum in the United Kingdom with Prime Minister Cameron (first from right). Here Cameron is pictured with the German Chancellor Angela Merkel and the Prime minister of Luxembourg Xavier Bettel. (Shoot location: Brussels – Belgium. Shoot date: 28/06/2016. Copyright: 'The European Union').

Quite understandably, the European Union leaders including of course the German Chancellor Angela Merkel, the French President Francois Hollande and the EU Commission leader Jean-Claude Juncker, want a swift and stern Brexit. The reports about a Franco-German split, with a fictitious Berlin tolerance and the Paris harshness, do not hold water. The France-Germany axis must […]

The Brits are not an exception and that’s why they voted to leave

A photographic synthesis from the “Vote Leave campaign for a Leave vote in the EU Referendum”, Audiovisual Services. It reminds to all main land Europeans that soon they would have to answer the questions of the Home Office official in order to enter the UK. Many of us do remember the procedure. (http://www.voteleavetakecontrol.org/campaign)

The choice made by a bit more than half of the adult Britons to exit the European Union has already triggered financial and political turmoil. In a short while the direct impact on people’s lives will start to materialize. Let’s count the most important adverse effects: the financial markets turmoil, the international trade fallout, the […]

Brexit: when the hubris of one man can set the UK, the EU and the entire world on fire

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This article was exclusively written for the Sting by Mr Panos Katsampanis, PhD candidate in European Studies at King’s College London University who focuses his political psychology research on voting behaviour at EU referendums.  What started as a long shot promise back in 2013, when David Cameron committed to an EU Referendum sometime before 2017, if elected at May […]

The United Kingdom’s decision to leave the European Union will impact young people’s future the most

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The European Youth Forum is disappointed by the British people’s decision to leave the European Union, which may block its young people from many of the advantages – such as the freedom to work, study and volunteer around Europe – that membership brings. It adds insult to injury that the group that this decision will […]

The UK referendum has already damaged Europe: even a ‘remain’ result is not without cost to Britain and the EU

Bilateral meeting Tusk-Cameron. David Cameron, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom (on the right) received Donald Tusk, President of the European Council in London. Shoot location: London. Shoot date: 04/02/2016. (European Council – Council of the European Union Audiovisual Services).

The adult Brits are deciding today about their country’s position in or out the European Union, in a referendum that Prime Minister David Cameron was forced by his party’s ultra-Eurosceptics in January 2013 to promise to conduct it, should the Conservative Party win a majority in the 2015 legislative election. This promise was then thought […]

Why does the whole world want Britain to stay in the EU?

EU meeting on Libya. If Britain leaves the EU similar meetings won’t be possible. From left to right:Mariano Rajoy, Spanish Prime Minister, Matteo Renzi, Italian Prime Minister, Angela Merkel, German Federal Chancellor, David Cameron, UK Prime Minister, Francois Hollande, President of France. Shoot location: Brussels – Belgium. Shoot date: 18/03/2016. Copyright: 'The European Union'.

Foreign leaders, countries, international bodies and major world entities of any kind are supporting the ‘stay’ option for Britain ahead of 23 June referendum, about the country’s position in or out of the European Union. The American President Barack Obama and the Chinese and the Indian governments have expressly supported the ‘stay’ option, to mention […]

To Brexit or not to Brexit: British exceptionalism doesn’t allow any Obama telling Brits what to do

David Cameron in Brussels at the Roundtable of Heads of State or Government with Turkish Prime Minister on 17/03/2016.

Barack Obama visited the UK last week clearly in an attempt to boost the “Remain” campaign urging Britain to stay within the EU. This move has not yet been exactly measured as beneficial or not for David Cameron’s campaign but has certainly caused several reactions to the British voters about two months before the referendum. The […]

“We are in Europe, but not of it”, from Churchill to Cameron: British Exceptionalism now threatens the entire EU Edifice

Juncker points the finger to Cameron during the EU Heads of State or Government on 23 September 2015 in Brussels discussing how to deal with the refugee crisis and its root causes. From left to right, Angela Merkel, Chancellor of Germany, Jean-Claude Juncker, President of the European Commission and David Cameron, UK Prime Minister (European Council TVNewsroom, 23/09/2015)

It all began back in January 2013 when one ambitious politician promised the world in order to get elected. Once elected, chaos reigned when he realised that his promise is hard to accomplish. While this is the life’s story of most career politicians in this world, for David Cameron things just seem to have turned too complicated recently. […]