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Re-run elections loom in Spain as little progress is made in forming new government

Talks over the formation of the new Spanish government have been going on throughout the Christmas period, but no clear progress has been made. As a result, re-run elections are looking increasingly likely almost by the day. Open Europe’s Vincenzo Scarpetta takes a look at the latest developments. Show More Summary

Cameron set to give ministers free rein in EU referendum campaign

In a big decision UK Prime Minister David Cameron announced today that members of the Cabinet will be allowed to campaign for either Remain or Leave in the EU referendum. Open Europe’s Raoul Ruparel examines why he took this choice and what impact it could have. The post Cameron set to give ministers free rein in EU referendum campaign appeared first on Open Europe.

Polish debate on export of child benefits shows need to rethink EU rules

The Polish government has failed to agree a clear line on whether the country's new child benefit payment ought to also be paid out for children living abroad. Open Europe's Pawel Swidlicki argues that this demonstrates the need to rethink EU rules on access to benefits. Show More Summary

Uncertainty rules in Spain after messy election outcome

The Spanish general election delivered a messier outcome than expected. With no obvious government in sight, Open Europe’s Vincenzo Scarpetta discusses some possible scenarios. He argues that Spain can, at best, hope for a weak government to be formed. Show More Summary

What did we learn about the UK’s renegotiation from last night’s EU summit?

Last night’s events have provided few new details to go on, but the absence of a major dust-up and Angela Merkel’s raising of the prospect of future treaty change point to the outlines of a deal that could take shape in February. The post What did we learn about the UK’s renegotiation from last night’s EU summit? appeared first on Open Europe.

Heading into crucial EU Summit where do we stand on UK’s EU reform demands?

Ahead of tonight’s crucial EU Summit, Open Europe’s Raoul Ruparel lays out his take on where things currently stand on the key demands which Prime Minister David Cameron laid out in his letter to European Council President Donald Tusk. The post Heading into crucial EU Summit where do we stand on UK’s EU reform demands? appeared first on Open Europe.

Spain heads to its most unpredictable election in decades

Spaniards will head to the polls on Sunday in what is easily the most unpredictable Spanish general election in decades. Open Europe’s Vincenzo Scarpetta previews this unprecedented four-way race, looking at the key issues at stake and the possible post-election scenarios. The post Spain heads to its most unpredictable election in decades appeared first on Open Europe.

New Open Europe/ComRes poll: Failure to win key reforms could swing UK’s EU referendum vote

Ahead of tomorrow's European Council, a new ComRes poll for Open Europe shows just how important the renegotiation will be in terms of swinging the result of the EU referendum. Two issues - safeguards for non-Euro member states and restrictions on new EU migrants' access to in-work benefits - are particularly crucial. Show More Summary

Italy: The positive surprise of Cameron’s EU renegotiation

In a joint op-ed with UK Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond, Italian Foreign Minister Paolo Gentiloni voices support for one of the UK’s key renegotiation demands – the need for a more flexible EU that allows for different levels of integration. Show More Summary

Is a Danish-style compromise an option for the UK and EU on migrants’ access to welfare?

Boris Johnson has suggested that Denmark’s carve-out from EU free movement rules provides a useful precedent for a compromise over the UK’s demands on EU migration and welfare. What is the Danish exception and might it be useful to the UK? The post Is a Danish-style compromise an option for the UK and EU on migrants’ access to welfare? appeared first on Open Europe.

French regional election: Lessons learnt

Despite winning nearly seven million votes (a new record high), Front National failed to secure control of any French region. But is Marine Le Pen really the big loser of this regional election? Open Europe’s Vincenzo Scarpetta looks at the final results and draws four key conclusions. The post French regional election: Lessons learnt appeared first on Open Europe.

How to put flesh on the bones of Cameron’s subsidiarity demands in the EU renegotiation

Open Europe's Raoul Ruparel examines how Prime Minister David Cameron can flesh out his demand for better implementation of subsidiarity which he has included as part of his EU reform and renegotiation. The post How to put flesh on the bones of Cameron’s subsidiarity demands in the EU renegotiation appeared first on Open Europe.

Legal debate about restricting EU migrants’ access to in-work benefits misses the wider point

The proposal to restrict EU migrants’ access to in-work benefits for four years is understandably subject to intense scrutiny but the accusations that such a policy is ‘illegal’ entirely misses the point. Reform will require changes to EU law in one form or another and there are no easy options. Show More Summary

French regional elections: Moment of truth approaches

A new poll shows that, despite winning over 40% of the vote in the first round of the French regional elections, Front National leader Marine Le Pen and her niece Marion Maréchal-Le Pen would both be beaten in the second round in the two regions where they are standing as candidates. Show More Summary

Is an EU migration emergency brake back on the table in the UK renegotiation?

Reports today suggest that the EU and the UK are in negotiations over the potential for an EU migration emergency brake. Open Europe’s Raoul Ruparel looks at what we know so far and whether the plan might backfire. The post Is an EU migration emergency brake back on the table in the UK renegotiation? appeared first on Open Europe.

Confused reporting of OBR view on EU migrants access to benefits

A personal and unsubstantiated comment from an OBR economist has stoked the view that the OBR has hit out at the government's policy on limiting EU migrants access to benefits. The debate should refocus on the details of the policy, argues Raoul Ruparel. The post Confused reporting of OBR view on EU migrants access to benefits appeared first on Open Europe.

Tusk letter on UK-EU negotiations puts ball in EU’s court

Donald Tusk’s letter on the UK’s EU renegotiation holds few surprises but the tone suggests he thinks other member states and the EU institutions could do more to meet UK demands. The post Tusk letter on UK-EU negotiations puts ball in EU’s court appeared first on Open Europe.

UK Government must not fudge red card for national parliaments in its EU renegotiation

Open Europe's Pawel Swidlicki explains why a 'red card' for national parliaments is necessary, and sets out the five criteria required to make it effective in practice. The post UK Government must not fudge red card for national parliaments in its EU renegotiation appeared first on Open Europe.

Conclusion of UK-EU negotiations likely in February as expected

Reports this morning highlight that a deal between the UK and EU on the UK’s EU reforms is unlikely at the December EU summit. Open Europe’s Raoul Ruparel argues that this had looked to be the case for some time and that it is hard to present this as a defeat for the UK which had always been flexible on the exact timing. Show More Summary

ECB roils markets with disappointing stimulus package

Markets across Europe were down sharply yesterday after the ECB significantly disappointed expectations in terms of further easing. As the dust settle many will rightly be wondering why exactly market expectations became so dislocated from actual ECB thinking and what this means for the longer term. Show More Summary

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