Brexit, Another European Tale of Unfulfilled Promises

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Publication Date 15/11/2016
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For decades, EU and national leaders have inflated citizens’ expectations by making unrealistic promises. Today’s leaders need to break the mold by spelling out some hard truths.

European leaders need to find a way of admitting publicly that the EU is not and will not be a federal state, that the EU’s next enlargements require a clear and common understanding among all present members about what the internal organization of a future union should be, and that some EU powers should simply be dropped as they have never translated into substantial action at the European level - all this would represent a significant political step. A wake-up call of this kind could only improve popular support for the European cause.

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ESO: Background information: Why the 27 are taking a hard line on Brexit
ESO: In Focus: Brexit - The United Kingdom and the European Union
ESO: Background information: Brexit – a Tragic Continuity of Europe’s Daily Operation

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