The Risk of a No-Deal Brexit Remains

April 09, 2021

The risk that we will wake up on May 1 to find we have a no-deal Brexit after all has not disappeared. The deadline for the ratification by the European Parliament of the trade deal between the European Union and the United Kingdom was due to be February 28. But Parliament postponed the deadline...

Failing to Protect the Independence of the European Commission

September 14, 2020

I have always believed that the independence of members of the European Commission (EC) was a keystone of successful European integration. Commissioners are obliged by their oath of office to seek a European solution to problems, rather than just seek a balance between conflicting national...

Negotiating the End of Brexit

August 25, 2020

It is increasingly likely that, unless things change, on January 1, 2021, we will have a no-deal Brexit. That would mean the only deal between the European Union and the United Kingdom would be the already ratified EU withdrawal agreement of 2019. There are only around 50 working days left in...

Brexit Is Heading for the Cliff Edge

May 04, 2020

The European Union’s chief negotiator, Michel Barnier, gave a stark warning recently about the lack of progress in the post-Brexit negotiations with the United Kingdom. But now, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has come back to work after his battle with COVID-19, the disease caused by the...

The G20 Needs to Show Leadership to Fight COVID-19

March 30, 2020

It is welcome news that the G20, representing the world’s biggest economies and 90% of global GDP, met via teleconference on March 26 to discuss the health and economic crisis caused by the novel coronavirus, which leads to the COVID-19 disease. It has been obvious for several weeks that...

Populists in the European Elections

May 28, 2019

The results of the European elections have revealed some breakthroughs for populists. There is concern about the impact of populism on rational decision-making in many Western democracies. But there is no agreement on what "populism" means. All politics appeal — to some extent — to...

The Road to Irish Independence

April 09, 2018

Former Prime Minister John Bruton reflects on Irish history during the civil wars. Ireland will soon commemorate a conflict that took place between 1919 and 1923. It is customary to refer to the conflict between 1919 and 1921 as the War of Independence and that between 1922 and 1923 as the Civil...

Pulling the UK Out of Europe is No Easy Task

September 01, 2016

As former Prime Minister John Bruton explains, the more closely the UK government looks at its options, the longer it may take to decide when to trigger Article 50. Disengaging the United Kingdom from the European Union (EU) will be like undoing all the stitching of a patchwork quilt, and then...

Is the Eurozone Ready for the Next Crisis?

May 17, 2016

Have eurozone states built sufficient democratic institutions for the necessary sharing of risks and resources? The 2008 financial crisis was not a one-off event. The resources that were available to cope with that crisis would not necessarily be there if there was another crisis. Government...

Who are the Real Winners From Complex Financial Regulations?

May 20, 2013

Former Prime Minister John Bruton asks, why are modern business regulations so complex? I believe that, across the Western world, we may be reaching some sort of limit in the complexity of rules governing business. The response to the financial crisis has been ever more complex rules, that only a...

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