Posts Tagged ‘referenda’

Referendums: asking for trouble?

Written by Ellen Halliday. Posted in Current features, Features

Brexit protesters

Whether one thinks that referenda are good or bad for Europe, they have certainly challenged the assumption that national electorates favour the European project. This articles talks with four experts recently at the for a Robert Schuman Centre workshop about the challenge referendums pose to the EU.

Feature image: Allsdare Hickson on Flickr (creative commons license)

The leaders we deserve

Written by Ellen Halliday. Posted in Current features, Features

Paul-Henri_Spaak

Leaders in Brussels ‘are not looking at the 46.6% of Austrians who just voted for the Freedom Party or the fact that Marine Le Pen has consistently been the only French politician polling in the double digits,’ Woods warned. ‘If you are going to lead, you need to be right in the middle of a group, to mobilise them,’ she said. Yet the shock of Brexit and the anti-establishment, anti-immigration discourse which continues to dominate political news-cycles suggests that democrats are failing to connect with their electorates.

Feature image: Paul-Henri Spaak, an early leader and one of the ‘founding fathers’ of the European Union. Source: CreativeCommons (Bundesarchiv B 145 Bild-F004456-0010, Karlspreis Aachen, Verleihung an Paul-Henri Spaak.jpg)