That sinking feeling.
The suggested start of Brexit negotiations doesn't do Britain any favours, nor Germany, France or Italy.
The union is not an à la carte system.
If free movement of people is not on the table, then neither is single market access.
Without democratic reform, the time ahead for both Britain and the EU looks bleak indeed.
The Brexit vote was the outcome of the disillusionment and disengagement that have permeated the UK. Many Europeans share that mood, which is why both the UK and EU need radical democratic surgery.
Spain couldn't form a government after its last election, so it had to try again. And it looks like the radicals are shut out.
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The stakes would be even higher for other member states, but populists are bound to make a play for their own referendums.
As Spain found out at its last election, voting for change is one thing, but achieving it is quite another.
Should the British decide to leave the EU, it is unlikely that David Cameron could, or would want to, remain prime minister.
Behind the parochial media focus on the political manoeuvring within a divided Conservative Party, national decisions don’t get much more important than the UK's referendum on its EU membership.
Austria’s polarised electorate went for the Greens in the end.
This year's presidential campaign was dominated by panic over a far-right surge – but its real meaning is somewhat different.
Out of office: Werner Faymann.
The notorious Freedom Party is on the march again, and the country's moderates are crumbling in its path.
There is no better alternative than the rise of the populist left for Europe and beyond.
The People's Assembly Against Austerity
The future of democracy depends on developing a left-wing populism that can revive public interest by mobilising political passions in the fight for an alternative to neoliberal de-democratisation.
Proposed labour reforms in France have sparked mass protests led by young people who want to reclaim democracy from the elite.
Mourning in Brussels.
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Torn between localism and pan-Europeanism, the idea of "Belgium" means almost nothing.
More than two months after the election, Spanish politicians still can't provide the people with the government they demanded.
Old grudges and European aspirations are driving this narrative – never mind how many people die in the process.
Is it enough?
The incredible number of undecided voters means this must be an information-led campaign.
Europe's directly elected chamber is a tangled web of conflicting interests. But few want the Brexit debate to rumble on any longer than necessary.
Searching for the brake?
Heavy on warm wishes, light on concrete action is the outcome of negotiations that could determine the future of Europe.
Can I interest you in the austerity buffet, Donald?
Everything you need to know about the deal under discussion between the UK and EU.
Beata Szydło: nothing to see here, I swear.
The EU is investigating concerns that the national government is breaching shared values as it pushes through constitutional reforms.
If it worked for Benin…Tihomir Orešković.
Months after an inconclusive election, Croatia has at last picked an almost unknown figure to be its new prime minister: Tihomir Orešković, chief financial officer of a Canadian generic pharmaceutical…