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Anand Menon

Director of UK in a Changing Europe

Director of UK in a Changing Europe
Brexit - Six Months

Brexit - Six Months On

Merry Brexmas. Who'd have thought, six months on, that we'd be as fascinated, if not more so, with Brexit as we were back in June? The newspapers are obsessed with it. Politicians go on endlessly about it. Social media throbs with it. And yet, and yet, virtually nothing of significance has actually happened. This is phony war - in the age of twitter.
23/12/2016 07:01 GMT
EU: How to

EU: How to Decide?

Facts matter in this referendum. Yet politics has always been about feelings and emotion as much as statistics and experience. Why else, for instance, would anti-immigrant sentiment often be highest in those areas with the lowest number of migrants and fly in the face of most, if not all, of the expert studies that have looked at the economic impact of immigration?
17/06/2016 16:46 BST
Don't Blame Young Voters for Not Bothering About the EU

Don't Blame Young Voters for Not Bothering About the EU Referendum

Never before have so many had to decide on something they knew or cared so little about. The "London bubble" is obsessing about the EU referendum on June 23. Parts of Twitter I see are hyperventilating with excitement over designation, debates, purdah, net costs and benefits, and the like. But the majority of the country could not give a fig.
08/06/2016 16:43 BST
Britain and the EU: The Year

Britain and the EU: The Year Ahead

2015 will probably be seen as the year when the terms 'EU' and 'crisis' became inextricably linked. Yet 2016 may prove more challenging still. Chronic instability persists on Europe's frontiers and both the turmoil in the eurozone and the chaos engendered by the arrival of waves of migrants and refugees look set to recur. Moreover, for the first time in its history, the Union faces the prospect of a member state voting to quit its ranks.
06/01/2016 10:26 GMT
Cameron's Real Test Is in Westminster, Not

Cameron's Real Test Is in Westminster, Not Brussels

David Cameron needs to convince his backbenchers that he has reformed the Union. Research by the think tank Open Europe has suggested that 203 of the 330 Conservative MPs can be characterised as 'swing voters.' That is to say, they are either not particularly interested in the EU or who are waiting until the results of the renegotiation before making up their minds on the referendum.
11/11/2015 10:14 GMT
In Out, In Out, Shake It All

In Out, In Out, Shake It All About

A couple of weeks in, and the similarities between the Leave and Remain camps are as as striking as the differences. Both are quick to underline their patriotism; both go out of their way to emphasise British strength. No one, not even in the 'remain' camp, seems particularly fond of the European Union. And - perhaps most importantly - both campaigns are profoundly divided.
27/10/2015 09:52 GMT