Dossier: Europe's future after Brexit
For the first time in the EU's history, a member state has voted to leave the European Union, with 52 percent of the British voters favoring a "Brexit". Since the surprising results were announced, Prime Minister David Cameron as well as the leaders of the Brexit campaign, Boris Johnson and Nigel Farage, have stepped down, leaving the country in political turmoil.
In our dossier, we want to explore the international reactions: How are the EU member states as well as the US, Russia and Asian governments responding to the Brexit decision? What will be the long and short term implications for other member states and the future of the European Union?
National views on Brexit
Talk of Brexit dominated the recent NATO summit in the Polish capital. Britain, the European Union and the rest of the allies will have to redefine their relations in the spheres of data exchange and secret service cooperation – operations which are pertinent to issues such as the war on terrorism".
The international political order has undergone fundamental changes in recent years. The European Union wants to, and should, play an important and active role within these changes. However, political declarations do not suffice in light of the challenges and present divisions. We support the activities of governments and EU institutions towards closer cooperation in international politics. Furthermore, we create space for the debates and disputes of member states representing different interests. From the Warsaw point of view we particularly stress relations with our Eastern neighbours, such as Ukraine, Belarus and Russia. In terms of security policy, we underline respect for human rights and democratic control over armed forces.
The European Union is drifting apart. What can we do to reconnect citizens and EU Institutions, north and south, centre and periphery? Four bloggers from Bulgaria, Germany, Spain and the UK share their ideas.
Debate: " Relationship with a past: how to restore faith in the European Union?" - video
Video recording of a plenary session held as part of "World in Focus. Warsaw International Gathering" (3-4.06.2016). Invited experts - Krzysztof Blusz, Sylvie Kauffmann, Prof. Jan Zielonka and Ivan Krastev - discuss the real causes for present divisions and progressing radicalisation as well as key challenges for Europe's integrity and well-being.
"If you want to commit a suicide as a political union, put the referendum on the table. The very fact that you come with an idea of the referendum on the EU, destroys one of the major assumptions behind the project, because in a strange way European Union is a self-fulfilling prophecy."Ivan Krastev
Blog: Young Voices of Europe
In this Blog young people from France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Slovakia, Sweden and the United Kingdom share their ideas about the current state of Europe, the rise of right-wing populism and their views on Brexit.