Michał Matlak holds a PhD from the European University in Florence, works at the European Parliament, and is a regular contributor to the Polish magazine Liberal Culture. (May 2019)

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‘Nostalgia Serves No Purpose’: An Interview with Michel Barnier

Michel Barnier, the European Commission’s chief negotiator on Brexit, Brussels, Belgium, May 2019

Michał Matlak: What is most likely to happen now with the Brexit negotiations? Michel Barnier: There are three options: a deal based on the agreement finalized six months ago; withdrawal without a deal; or no Brexit. It will have to be the choice of the UK. During the last three years, we have delivered what the UK wants: leaving the EU, leaving the single market, leaving the customs union [after the Irish “backstop” is resolved]. Even if we regret their decision profoundly, it is their sovereign decision and we have to respect it. But if the UK wants to leave in an orderly manner, this treaty is the only option.

The Case for Europe: An Interview with Donald Tusk

European Council President Donald Tusk leaves the Elysee Palace following a meeting with French President Francois Hollande in Paris, France, November 23, 2015

Donald Tusk: I have absolutely no cause for complaint, because there’s nothing worse in politics than boredom. What’s exciting in politics is power, of course, and the real power is at the level of national governments. But politics is also fascinating when it makes it possible to resolve critical situations, to negotiate, to bring others round to your way of thinking—I have more than enough of that in Brussels.

Europe for the Right Reasons: A Conversation with Stanley Hoffmann

Stanley Hoffmann speaking on European-American Relations in 1984

It requires a certain amount of chutzpah for somebody like Obama to be president because he knows there are a number of people who will never forgive him for being half-black. And for the time being America is ungovernable. The Constitution—and all the additions that have been grafted on it—make effective government almost impossible.