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Is EU Going to Disintegrate?

The European Union is in serious trouble. A series of recent challenges have shown the flaws in the design of the union.

Like the structural flaws that caused the fall of Edgar Allan Poe’s “House of Usher,” the structural flaws of the EU could bring a similar fate. In Poe’s story, it was a minor zigzag crack in an aging wall that eventually widens into the full and final collapse of the house of Usher.

The EU Crisis That Follows BREXIT

What next for the European Union after Thursday's British vote to leave?  After statements to reassure financial markets, European leaders will gather on June 28 - 29 for a summit meeting to discuss the Union’s response and the way forward. This is a decisive moment for the remaining 27 leaders who seek to produce consensus amidst widely different responses to BREXIT.

Where Does the UK Go From Here?

Michael J. Geary, Global Fellow with the Wilson Center’s Global Europe program, discusses the implications on the UK’s “Brexit” vote to leave the European Union. 

Teleconference | After Brexit: A New World Order?

On June 24, 2016, the world awoke to the news that the United Kingdom had voted to leave the European Union. What followed were days of speculation and instability. On June 27, The Wilson Center’s Global Europe Program hosted a Ground Truth Briefing teleconference entitled: “After Brexit: A New World Order?” The discussion focused on what can be expected for the UK’s domestic and foreign policy following the referendum. Opening remarks were made by Wilson Center Director, President, and CEO, Congresswoman Jane Harman.

Wilson Experts Comment on Brexit

Comments from Wilson Center experts on the EU, UK and European politics, and economics in light of Brexit.

James Hollifield – Wilson Fellow and Professor of Political Science, Arnold Chair in International Political Economy at SMU

Brexit and the Long, Slow EU-UK Divorce

In his opinion piece “Brexit and the Long, Slow EU-UK Divorce,” Global Europe Global Fellow Michael Geary and co-author Kevin Lees address growing Euroscepticism across Britain ahead of the June 23 referendum on European Union membership. “Unhappy couples,” they argue, “simply do not stay together.” The authors trace the history of disagreement between the UK and the EU as evidence that the two have been building towards separation for decades. The British have long been deemed reluctant EU members – they are not part of the Eurozone or the Schengen area.

Brexit Vote Looms: What Will it Mean for the EU and the U.S.?

The Takeaways

All eyes are on Britain this week.

Will the House of the European Union Fall?

The European Union has been a significant success. Since the end of World War II, Europe’s gradual integration has yielded decades of peace and prosperity to succeed 75 years that encompassed three European civil wars—the Franco-Prussian War (1870-1871), World War I (1914-1918), and World War II (1939-1945)—the last two of which engulfed the world.

Turkey in 2016: Domestic Politics, EU Relations and Beyond

Four experts offered their analysis on the future of domestic politics in Turkey and assessed the country’s evolving relationships with the West.