European Union

Improve, Show and Tell

A protestor holds a placard which reads "YES 2 EU" to demonstrate against the European Union (EU) referendum result, outside The Houses of Parliament in London, U.K., on Saturday, June 25, 2016. The U.K. voted to quit the European Union after more than four decades in a stunning rejection of the continent's postwar political and economic order. Photographer: Jason Alden/Bloomberg
Just say yes: A protester supports the European Union in a demonstration after the British referendum.
  • Why it matters

    Why it matters

    The European Union should reform areas like security, borders and single market rules – and also present its achievements more effectively, writes a member of the European parliament.

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    • The U.K. voted to leave the E.U. on June 23.
    • Recently the idea has spread that the E.U. has lost its “narrative,” the basic foundations of its mission.
    • In 2013 and 2014, Ukrainian demonstrators’ call for a closer relationship with the E.U. lead to violent clashes.
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Brexit, tabula rasa in Great Britain – is it all over? The mist is slowly lifting in Britain after the state of shock brought on by the referendum result.

But what about the European Union? Is it tabula rasa here too? Not at all! For me, it is absolutely clear that there cannot be a “carry on as before” attitude for the E.U. and its institutions.

Neither should we invoke emergency measures like setting up a convention, holding lengthy debates about contract changes or scheduling crisis summits.

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