Why Britain voted to leave the EU – a view from the outside and initial conclusions

  
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On 23 June, more than 17 million British citizens of the European Union voted for Brexit.

Why did they decide to do so?

The answer to this question is quite important for the future of the European Union and for the future of the United Kingdom. In my view, the reasons for this vote go far deeper than a protest against migration, the globalization or a so-called “austerity” policy of the current Tory government. I think the result should be analysed and discussed in the context of Britain’s long history towards continental Europe and its consequences. So, here is a view of the referendum’s outcome in eight reasons, a long read. Read more

On the future of Great Britain and the European Union

  
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Freedom, peace and prosperity for all Europeans, this lies at the heart of the European Idea.

It inspired Robert Schuman to his declaration just a few years after the end of the War. Since then, 9 May, 1950 has marked the birth of what has turned into the European Union we know today.

His declaration was about trust and cooperation across national borders. It was about concrete achievements by sharing rights of sovereignty. And it was made for the benefit of all Europeans.

Today, this idea is as attractive as ever. Read more

Why London’s new mayor is such a good omen for the EU referendum

  
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London's new mayor Sadiq Khan

London held its election. Sadiq Khan has been the city’s new mayor since May 9, 2016. He is a Muslim and the son of an immigrant from Pakistan, who earned his money driving buses in the streets of London. Together with seven siblings, Sadiq Khan grew up in public housing in London, where he visited a state school and studied.

There are four reasons why Sadiq Khan’s victory is a good omen for the referendum on the British EU membership on June 23.

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