Newsletter 02/2016

Dear Friends,

On June 23rd British citizens can decide in a referendum whether the UK should remain part of the European Union or leave the club. The closer the date comes the uglier the debate. The conservative Prime Minister David Cameron told his surprised citizens that it's a question of war and peace. His conservative opponent Boris Johnson, former mayor of London and leader of the Brexit campaign hit a new low with his comparison of the EU with the Third Reich. The whole idea of the referendum has much to do with internal fist fighting within the conservative camp. Besides that the British debate has a long tradition. Though it was clear from the beginning that the EU is political union, British critics argue they never wanted more than a common market. Doubts are allowed whether the referendum will end this British ambiguity. The economic benefits of leaving or staying in the Union are an important part of the debate. This is a difficult argument as the economic question has been raised in other member states too. So one thing seems to be sure; a Brexit will produce mostly losers in the UK and on the continent.

Kind regards

Klaus Linsenmeier

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The Panama Papers and the International Battle Against Tax Havens: Lessons for the EU

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For a Progressive and European Response to Security Challenges

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Could the European Neighbourhood Policy and other EU foreign policy initiatives contribute to the improvement of the LGBTI rights situation in the region?

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 May 13, 2016 Event Report PDF

The Heinrich Böll Foundation European Union and the representation of North Rhine-Westphalia (NRW) to the EU organised an evening debate on 20th April in order to discuss the practice and impact of agribusiness in Europe, focusing on interrelations and responsibility concerning global and development policy.

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