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In the news

24/04/2017
After French Vote, Mainstream Europe Breathes a Sigh of Relief
The New York Times quotes Friends of Europe’s Giles Merritt and Shada Islam on the outcome of the first round of the French election.

18/04/2017
EU unmoved by May’s election surprise
iNews quotes Giles Merritt, founder and chairman of Friends of Europeon the surprise elections in the United Kingdom.

15/04/2017
Le Pen wants to kill the European Union. But it actually helps pay her bills
The Washington Post quotes Giles Merritt, founder and chairman of Friends of Europeon the paradox of Marine Le Pen’s run for the French presidency.

02/04/2017
Spotlight: China, Europe expect deeper cooperation, brighter future
Xinhua News interviewed Shada Islam, Director of Europe & Geopolitics at Friends of Europe, on the China-Europe cooperation.

30/03/2017
With Brexit, Britain pulls the trigger — on itself
Los Angeles Times quotes Mogens Peter Carl on Brexit negotiations and links to Friends of Europe’s ‘How to (Br)exit’ guide, by the same author.

30/03/2017
Article 50: a legacy overturned
Financial Times quotes Shada Islam, Director of Europe & Geopolitics at Friends of Europe, on the future of Europe after Brexit, and links to Friends of Europe’s ‘How to (Br)exit’ guide, by Mogens Peter Carl.

29/03/2017
Former EU Dir. Gen. on May’s Brexit strategy
CNN International interviewed Mogens Peter Carl, author of Friends of Europe’s ‘How to (Br)exit’ guide.

29/03/17
Britain Triggers Brexit Process
BBC World Service interviewed Mogens Peter Carl and mentioned Friends of Europe’s ‘How to (Br)exit’ guide, by the same author.

29/03/17
The Presidency Debate: Security
Pauline Massart, Deputy Director for Security & Geopolitics at Friends of Europe, joined a debate on EURACTIV discussing challenges and perspectives for European security.

29/03/2017
What shape will Brexit be in by April 2019?
Financial Times quotes Friends of Europe’s ‘How to (Br)exit’ guide, by Mogens Peter Carl.

29/03/2017
Brexit needn’t be a disaster – but both sides must heed some home truths
The Guardian published an article by Mogens Peter Carl, mentioning Friends of Europe’s ‘How to (Br)exit’ guide, by the same author.

28/03/2017
Mogens Peter Carl : « Pour le Brexit, il faudra trouver des accords transitoires »
Les Echos published interviewed Mogens Peter Carl and linked to Friends of Europe’s ‘How to (Br)exit’ guide, by the same author.

26/03/2017
Ocho terrenos para un despertar europeo
El Pais summarised “The awakening“, written by Viscount Etienne Davignon, President of Friends of Europe.

25/03/2017
EU at crossroads as it celebrates 60th birthday
RFI interviewed Giles Merritt, founder and chairman of Friends of Europeon the future of the European Union.

24/03/2017
L’heure du réveil a sonné pour l’Europe
Le soir published “The awakening“, written by Viscount Etienne Davignon, President of Friends of Europe.

24/03/2017
Spotlight: Europe holds high-profile celebrations for Treaty of Rome anniversary
Xinhua News interviewed Shada Islam, Director of Europe & Geopolitics at Friends of Europe, on the possible future paths for the European Union.

23/03/2017
Gezocht: frisse vernieuwende EU-ideeën
Trouw interviewed Giles Merritt, founder and chairman of Friends of Europeon the future of the European Union.

23/03/2017
“Multi-speed Europe” realistic scenario for EU: experts
Global Times quotes an interview of Shada Islam, Director of Europe & Geopolitics at Friends of Europe, on the possible future paths for the European Union.

22/03/2017
Merkel accused: are EU rules fixed to favour Germany above all?
The National quotes Giles Merritt, founder and chairman of Friends of Europeon the future of the European Union.

17/03/2017
Brexit: Now for the Hard Part
BBC World Service interviewed Giles Merritt, founder and chairman of Friends of Europeon the approaching Brexit negotiations.

15/03/2017
A slowburn start to Brexit talks
Financial Times quotes and links to our ‘How to (Br)exit’ guide, written by Mogens Peter Carl, a former director-general of the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Trade and Directorate-General for the Environment.

13/03/2017
Spotlight: Debate on future of Europe gets momentum
Xinhua News quotes Giles Merritt, founder and chairman of Friends of Europe, on the future of Europe.

08/03/2017
Jourová: Sanctions against discrimination are not effective enough
New Europe mentions Shada Islam, Director of Europe & Geopolitics at Friends of Europe, participating a ‘women only’ panel to discuss the challenges to achieve equality.

06/03/2017
Clichés sur l’Europe : “T’abuses, Donald !”
TV5 Monde interviewed Shada Islam, Director of Europe & Geopolitics at Friends of Europe, on Donald Trump’s views on Europe.

06/03/2017
How do the SNP sell a second referendum?
BBC Radio 4 interviewed Kirsty Hughes, Associate Fellow at Friends of Europe, on the possibilities of a second Scottish independence referendum.

04/03/2017
Герт Лапорт: Трябва да поемем риска “Европа на няколко скорости”
Radio Bulgaria interviewed Giles Merritt, founder and chairman of Friends of Europe, on the future of the European Union.

02/03/2017
Political hurdles on the road to Brexit
The Heinrich Böll Foundation published Kirsty Hughes‘, Associate Fellow at Friends of Europe, article on the political obstacles of Brexit.

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