Heiko Langner: "Brexit shows need for democratic reformatting of EU"

Britain has voted to leave the European Union: according to official data, 51.9% of voters backed Brexit, while the turnout was 72.2%. In total, the referendum was attended by more than 33.5 million people. The conclusion of this decision should be a profound democratic renewal of the European Union, Berlin political scientist, Heiko Langner, said in an interview with a correspondent of Vestnik Kavkaza.

- What are the consequences of the outcome of the British referendum?

-  A narrow majority of votes were cast in favor of the UK leaving the EU. This was decided by a democratic referendum, and it must be respected. The conclusion of this decision should be a profound democratic renewal of the European Union. The EU in its present form represents, above all, the neoliberal project of economic and technocratic elites. If the EU wants to have a future, it must develop itself into a democratic European civil union. This includes the social equation of economic development with the maximum participation of the population in the economic well-being within the EU; pan-European minimum social standards for effective protection against poverty and social exclusion; binding of technological progress to a sustainable protection of the environment; a peaceful foreign policy which stands for political solutions to the existing conflicts and calling for disarmament. The EU should find itself again – to turn it right side up again, so to speak. The total implementation of the practice of people's voting in the EU would be a good opportunity to regain the trust of citizens in the EU. Otherwise, the right-wing populist forces, which respond to social problems with nationalist isolationism, kindling fears and prejudices, xenophobia and racism, while not putting into question the very foundation of the actual problem – neoliberalism, will strengthen in the future in Europe.

- How can it affect the EU's relations with the countries of the former Soviet Union?

- The required democratic reformatting of the EU also affects its neighborhood policy with the post-Soviet transformation countries. The purpose of the Eastern Partnership shouldn't impose its own model of a political and economic system as a condition of admission of the partner countries to its internal market. Instead, equal treaties, taking into account the specific conditions of post-Soviet transformation countries and respecting their right to self-development, should be concluded. Market relations should be shaped by political means. If this happens on an equal footing, and thereby it benefits the population and the internal economic development of partner countries, ultimately, both sides will benefit.

10095 views

Read on the subject


More World news

Iran requests 950 tons of uranium from Kazakhstan

Iran requests 950 tons of uranium from Kazakhstan

Iran's nuclear chief said Saturday that the country had requested to buy 950 tons of uranium concentrate from Kazakhstan over the next three years to help develop its civil reactor program. The request has been made to the body that oversees …

Turkey ready to press deeper into Syria after al-Bab victory

Turkey ready to press deeper into Syria after al-Bab victory

Turkey intends to continue its advance into Syria to drive Islamists out of their Raqqa stronghold after securing a strategic town in Syria’s north, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said on Saturday, Sputnik …

Iranian-American space experts to step in for Farhadi at Oscars

Iranian-American space experts to step in for Farhadi at Oscars

Iranian director Asghar Farhadi has chosen an Iranian-American female engineer and a former NASA scientist to represent his film "The Salesman" at Sunday's Oscar ceremony, which he is boycotting in protest over U.S. …

WADA admits McLaren’s ‘doping’ evidence against Russian athletes insufficient

WADA admits McLaren’s ‘doping’ evidence against Russian athletes insufficient

WADA has admitted that Richard McLaren’s 2016 report on the alleged use of doping by Russian athletes is “not sufficient to bring successful cases,” the International Olympic Committee said. “At …

Turkey, Ukraine to sign visa-free travel agreement

Turkey, Ukraine to sign visa-free travel agreement

Ukraine and Turkey plan to sign an agreement to further simplify travel between the two countries during an upcoming visit by Ukrainian Prime Minister Volodymyr Groysman to Ankara, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut …

Twin attacks on Homs security bases kill dozens

Twin attacks on Homs security bases kill dozens

Gunmen and suicide bombers have attacked security bases in the western Syrian city of Homs, killing at least 32 people, BBC reports. State TV said the local head of military intelligence was among the dead. Some reports put the death …

State Department news briefings to resume in early March

State Department news briefings to resume in early March

The State Department said it will resume regular news briefings early next month after facing criticism for not having held one since the Trump inauguration, NBC2 reports. The department said it will begin hosting the …

Trump proposal for terrorist listing of Iran Revolutionary Guard in limbo

Trump proposal for terrorist listing of Iran Revolutionary Guard in limbo

A proposal the Trump administration is considering to designate Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps a terrorist organization has stalled over warnings from defense and intelligence officials that the move could backfire, according to …

Russia wins 11 medals, Including 6 golds, on first day of Military World Games

Russia wins 11 medals, Including 6 golds, on first day of Military World Games

The Russian team won 11 medals, including six gold ones, on the first day of the third Winter Military World Games, the competition’s press center informed journalists, Sputnik reports. "On the first competition day …

NATO military committee to hold meeting in Georgia on March 2-3

NATO military committee to hold meeting in Georgia on March 2-3

NATO military committee, headed by General Petr Pavel, is going to hold a meeting in Tbilisi on March 2, this message was posted on the Georgian Defense Ministry's website. The committee will stay in Tbilisi for two …

more World news