[John Bruton] If the EU is to survive as a political project, it needs to create a European democratic constituency that complements the democratic constituencies to which national leaders appeal. The EU needs a political heart to sustain its economic body.
How will the EU Tackle COVID-19’s Economic Slump?
[John Bruton] Article 122 of the EU Treaty already makes provision for the EU to give aid to help states suffering from “natural disasters and exceptional occurrences” beyond the control of a member state or states. COVID-19 meets this criterion.
UK Backing Away from Commitments Made to EU
[John Bruton] A fraught negotiation between the EU and the UK is looming, as Boris Johnson seems to be backing away from legally and politically binding commitments he gave to the EU last October.
Ireland Needs Experienced People (not Amateurs) in Office to Deal with 2020 BREXIT Negotiations
[John Bruton] Republic of Ireland needs experienced people in office to navigate the challenges of 2020, which could be the most consequential year for the century. It wouldn't be in Ireland’s interest to entrust the 2020-Brexit-negotiations to well intentioned, but inexperienced, amateurs.
Ireland must Work with EU Partners to Protect Itself
[John Bruton] Ireland can and must learn from the work of other EU members and, on a case by case basis, take part in joint initiatives in areas like cyber security, threat intelligence, maritime surveillance, drone surveillance, etc.
Brexit is Far from Done. It is Entering its Dramatic Second Act
[John Bruton] Can a chaotic "Crash Out" Brexit in December 2020 be avoided?
Brexit: The Era of Easy Decisions is Over
[John Bruton] The EU’s strategic weight in the world will be reduced by the absence of the UK, as the EU is losing a relatively young, diverse and creative member state.
Problems with Boris Johnson’s New Proposals on Irish Backstop
[John Bruton] A 'Northern Ireland only' backstop would not protect Republic of Ireland's trade with Britain which is more valuable than trade across the border with Northern Ireland.
Ukraine’s Election and its Prospect for EU Membership
[John Bruton] Ukrainian leaders are using the goal of EU membership as the spur to get their voters to accept uncomfortable reforms.
Brexit: Living with Backstop until Alternatives are Agreed
If the British alternatives to backstop are all that good, why can they not live with the backstop until the alternatives are agreed?
New Way Forward on Brexit
How might a New Way Forward on Brexit be uncovered if the Existing Deal is not Accepted?
Brexit Testing UK’s Parliament Sovereignty
Parliament, not the monarch, and not people by referendum, is sovereign -- a principle not contained in a written constitution, but it is longstanding in the UK constitutional system.