What to expect from a new European Parliament?

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EP elections: What role will populists play?

Populist, radical, extremist parties will probably become stronger in the European Parliament after the upcoming elections. Many observers say the most visible impact of their rise is that the mainstream parties in many countries adopted their rhetoric (and especially on migration rhetoric was also followed by action) to compete with them over voters. While it is hard to say if those nationalist parties will create a coherent group in the EP, do you think that their influence will be mainly indirect, means that (some) mainstream parties will continue to mimicking their populist rivals? Read few comments.


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Will the Spitzenkandidaten (lead candidates) concept survive the EP elections?

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Credit: Euroepan Parliament

Credit: Euroepan Parliament

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The future of the EU won’t be decided in Sibiu

How do you assess the importance of the Sibiu summit, do you find its agenda ambitious enough for the future of the EU, or perhaps not so much? Read few comments.


Preparations for EU Informal meeting of heads of state or government in Sibiu, May 8th, 2019. Credit: AGERPRES FOTO / Cristian Nistor

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Brexit: Where are we now?

EU leaders offered to delay Brexit until 22 May if MPs approve PM Theresa May’s deal next week. If they do not approve it, the delay will be shorter – until 12 April – at which point the UK must set out its next steps or leave without a deal. How do you read this EU approach and (I know it is hard to predict this), what path might the UK choose, and why? Read few comments.

Press conference of British PM Theresa May at European Council, (March, 21-22). Credit: https://tvnewsroom.consilium.europa.eu

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Brexit extension is on the table but can the UK produce a convincing justification?

Dutch PM Mark Rutte tweeted that should the UK hand in a reasoned request for an extension, I expect a credible and convincing justification. The EU27 will consider the request and decide by unanimity. He says a reasoned request and convincing justification. In the case of asking for extension of Article 5 and looking at things as they stay now , do you think the UK government can produce  a reasoned request and convincing justification, or perhaps they might struggle with this? Read few comments.


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Another step closer to no-deal Brexit?

British MPs said no to no-deal Brexit scenario and have sent PM Theresa May back to negotiate. But the EU says there is not much to negotiate considering the UK red lines. So is the likelihood of no-deal Brexit increasing again or do you see some room for negotiations of some alternative to Irish backstop? (Of course, we do not know what exactly would be a plan that would find a majority in the House of Commons).  Read few comments.


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