What is the EU?

Written by Brian Johnson on 16 March 2016

As the battle lines form in the UK ahead of June's Brexit referendum, Fact checking NGO Full Fact asked EU expert Eleanor Spaventa to explain what exactly the EU is and does, in 500 words. Here's what she came up with.

AfD victories in Germany show the country is following a European drift to the right

Written by Amandine Crespy on 15 March 2016

The triumph of the right-wing AfD in Germany's regional elections show that the country is no longer immune to the European trend towards nationalism, writes Amandine Crespy.

Lord Ashdown: The EU helped build peace after war in Bosnia

Written by Lord Ashdown on 11 March 2016

Former High Representative in Bosnia & Herzegovina Lord Ashdown 'has seen the benefits of this international cooperation first hand' and writes that the EU 'is a massive soft power that helps to build peace after conflict'.

Apathy or participation - Engaging young people in politics

Written by Jasna Maric Krajacic on 11 March 2016

Could social media be the solution to engaging young people in politics, wonders Jasna Maric Krajacic.

How can we protect democracy from Islamic extremism?

Written by Seyed Mostafa Azmayesh on 24 February 2016

The best way to safeguard democracy against extremism is to provide the insights that empower policymakers to make informed decisions, argues Seyed Mostafa Azmayesh.

Brexit deal: David Cameron has converted himself into 'a modern-day Tony Blair'

Written by Denis MacShane on 22 February 2016

Have Brussels Eurocrats saved the UK from Brexit, or will Boris Johnson lead Britain out of Europe? Denis MacShane analyses the fallout from David Cameron's Brexit deal.

EU-India trade relations: bilateral agreements cannot count as success

Written by Madi Sharma on 15 February 2016

Europe has been neglecting India as a trading partner, but with China on the decline, now could be an ideal time to renew ties, argues Madi Sharma.

'Facilitating coexistence': the endgame for Brexit

Written by Andrew Duff on 5 February 2016

Although the four Brexit elements may be welded together in the febrile imagination of the British Prime Minister, nothing connects them in a technical way, making the demands highly problematic, writes Andrew Duff.

Brexit: When there are no losers, there are no winners

Written by Denis MacShane on 2 February 2016

Layers of Eurospeak and smoke and mirrors cannot hide the paucity of change in Tusk's Brexit concessions, writes Denis MacShane.

For China, WTO market economy status is about more than just economics

Written by Yan Shaohua and Song Xin on 2 February 2016

An EU refusal to grant China market economy status may impose unforeseen political costs on the EU, argue Yan Shaohua, and Song Xin.