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Archived Since:April 21, 2008

Blog Post Archive

EU referendum: David Cameron must be ambitious, not cautious

In a guest post for Open Europe, David Frost argues that the Prime Minister must be ambitious in his EU reform agenda - and, in the forthcoming EU referendum campaign, be clear and straightforward with the UK public about how things have changed. The post EU referendum: David Cameron must be ambitious, not cautious appeared first on Open Europe.

UK General Election: Europe reacts (Part I)

Following the Conservatives' surprisingly large victory in the UK General Election, Open Europe's Vincenzo Scarpetta takes a first look at reactions from the media and politicians across Europe. The post UK General Election: Europe reacts (Part I) appeared first on Open Europe.

The road to EU reform and referendum – Cameron’s challenges and opportunities following UK General Election

In a surprising result, David Cameron’s Conservative party has secured a slender overall majority following yesterday's UK General Election. The aim of EU reform and referendum will be top of his new government's policy priorities. Open Europe lays out the key events and timeline under which he will have to work. Show More Summary

GE2015 – Britain’s historic election

Open Europe liveblog tracks the results of the GE2015 as they come in throughout the night, shedding light on what is important for the future of UK-EU relations. The post GE2015 – Britain’s historic election appeared first on Open Europe.

The day UK politics became European

With the general election today labelled the most unpredictable political event in Britain since the Battle of Hastings, Mats Persson notes that UK politics is finally becoming more European, albeit for all the wrong reasons. The post The day UK politics became European appeared first on Open Europe.

Is Greek government right to claim divisions between IMF and Eurozone are harming negotiations?

The Greek government has warned that divisions between the IMF and Eurozone (its two main creditors) are becoming detrimental and holding up negotiations. Is this all just playing politics or does it have a point? Open Europe's Raoul Ruparel reviews all sides positions throughout the crisis. Show More Summary

Is the Podemos bubble bursting?

The rise of Spain’s new anti-establishment party, Podemos, has been nothing short of spectacular. However, there are now signs that Podemos is running out of steam. Mats Persson looks at the possible reasons behind the party's decline in recent opinion polls, and whether it is a sign that the populist wave sweeping Europe is subsiding. Show More Summary

Europe’s refugee crisis: Why politicians don’t mean what they say

News of refugees dying while trying to cross the Mediterranean for a better life in Europe continues to dominate the political agenda in Brussels (alongside Greece). Mats Persson explains why a fundamental solution to the refugee crisis would probably involve decisions that many EU leaders aren't even remotely willing to consider. Show More Summary

Is EU Treaty change a matter of when – not if?

European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker has told journalists that the UK has all to play for as regards achieving reform in the EU - including a Treaty change. Open Europe's Mats Persson investigates. The post Is EU Treaty change a matter of when – not if? appeared first on Open Europe.

German foundation says UK may not lose much from Brexit

The Bertelsmann Stiftung has today released a short note on the impact of Brexit. While it lacks detail it seems to confirm that the basic impact of Brexit on the UK economy in 2030 could be a loss of GDP of between 2.5% and 0.1%. However, the estimate of 14% GDP cost has little backing and does not seem credible. Show More Summary

HSBC headquarters review is more about UK regulation than Brexit risk

HSBC has announced that it will review whether London continues to be the best place for its headquarters given the changing environment. But what has driven this decision and does the risk of a Brexit factor in? Open Europe’s Raoul Ruparel examines HSBC Holdings Group Chairman Douglas Flint’s statement. Show More Summary

The General Election that could define the UK’s membership of the EU

Although Europe has not featured much in the election campaign, whatever the result, the outcome is likely to have a crucial bearing on the UK’s future in (or out) of the EU and also the future of the UK itself, with a EU referendum resulting in Brexit potentially triggering a second Scottish independence referendum. Show More Summary

Could Greece default and stay inside the Eurozone?

With cash running short in Greece the question on many people’s lips is – could Greece default and stay inside the Eurozone? Open Europe’s Raoul Ruparel considers the potential scenarios. The post Could Greece default and stay inside the Eurozone? appeared first on Open Europe.

The Mediterranean migrant crisis: What can be done?

Over a thousand people lost their lives trying to cross the Mediterranean during the past week, tragically pushing migration to the top of EU leaders' agenda. Our policy analyst Vincenzo Scarpetta discusses the main issues at stake and explores possible options to address the situation both in the immediate future and in the longer term. Show More Summary

Why the Finnish elections matter for Europe

The Finnish elections on Sunday are unlikely to lead to a radical change in the country’s Eurozone policy – however, they will still have relevance for the rest of Europe. Mats Persson investigates. The post Why the Finnish elections matter for Europe appeared first on Open Europe.

Lib Dem and UKIP manifestos – could either party agree to support the Tories’ EU referendum?

Following the launch of the Labour and Tory general election manifestos earlier in the week, today was the turn of the Liberal Democrats and UKIP. Open Europe's Pawel Swidlicki looks at the most interesting aspects of their EU policies, and whether they could agree to support the Tories' EU referendum. Show More Summary

It’s not in Juncker’s gift to ‘block’ EU treaty change

The Times’ front page today leads with the news that European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker ‘vows to block Cameron on EU Treaty’. Sounds like bad news for David Cameron if he is re-elected, but is it? The truth is that when it comes to Treaty change, the Commission will be quickly side-lined by EU leaders. Show More Summary

Conservative manifesto reaffirms In/Out EU referendum but is light on the specifics of renegotiation?

The Conservative Gerneral election manifesto sets out a clear EU policy of reform, renegotiation followed by an EU referendum. The policy is clear, what is less clear are the specifics of reform and what in the end will enough to allow David Cameron to advocate an "In" vote. Show More Summary

How would Brexit impact Ireland?

Open Europe’s recent Brexit report, based on detailed economic modelling, found that leaving the EU could either lead to a permanent gain of 1.6% to UK GDP by 2030, in a ‘best case’ scenario, or a 2.2% loss to GDP, in a ‘worst case’ scenario. Show More Summary

Are Labour’s EU reform plans credible without a referendum?

Labour's general election manifesto published today contains a number of welcome if not exactly new proposals which further solidify the cross-party consensus around EU reform. Open Europe's Pawel Swidlicki looks at the key points of...Show More Summary

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