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Blog Profile / Open Europe

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Labour turns its attention to restricting EU migrants' access to in-work benefits

Iain Duncan Smith's opposite number, Labour's Rachel Reeves, has written an interesting piece on EU migrants' access to welfare for the Mail Online, in which signals an important shift in Labour's policy.Last week we noted that IDS had...Show More Summary

As the Ukrainian ceasefire falters what next on sanctions?

UK PM Cameron warns Russia of sanctions ahead of G20 Over the past few days we have seen the situation in Ukraine begin to escalate once again. Both NATO and the Organisation of Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) have said that they have witnessed significant military movements in Eastern Ukraine, most likely from Russian troops. Show More Summary

IDS sets out broad strokes of reforms to EU free movement

The Telegraph has an interesting transcript of an Iain Duncan Smith interview with LBC Radio, which outlines the Government's current thinking on EU migration and which might signal the types of reforms that David Cameron is weighing...Show More Summary

Juncker responds to Luxleaks tax scandal

So Margrethe, about these Luxembourgian tax schemes... European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker has just made an impromptu appearance at the midday press briefing to make a statement and answer a few questions on the furoreShow More Summary

Has the Conservative party dropped its commitment to renegotiate ECJ jurisdiction over crime and policing?

Has Conservative policy towards ECJ power over crime and policing changed? The chaos of yesterday's 'vote' or 'non vote' on the European Arrest Warrant has obscured a number of things. Not only have the 10 actual measures been wavedShow More Summary

What are the implications of today's ECJ ruling on EU migrants' access to benefits?

As we've said on many occasions, it is not only the UK that is having problems reconciling EU free movement with maintaining control over national welfare systems; Germany has recently tightened up its own domestic rules recently and...Show More Summary

The UK government is desperate to strengthen the role of national Parliaments in Europe - but can't get its own house in order

The Government - particularly the Tory wing of it - talks a very good game on the urgent need to strengthen the role of national parliaments in EU decision-making.The UK Government (rightly) wants to negotiate a "red card" for national...Show More Summary

Are MPs actually being given a vote on the European Arrest Warrant?

Today it is widely reported that MPs will vote on the Government's plans to opt back into the European Arrest Warrant. In fact reading the Home Secretary in the Sunday Telegraph you would think that she believed that as well.However a close reading of the actual motion leaves her contention in some doubt. Show More Summary

Catalonia's symbolic independence referendum: What it means and why it can't be ignored

Catalonia's symbolic independence referendum eventually went ahead yesterday. With 88.4% of votes counted, the Catalan government puts turnout at over two million people. Nearly 1.7 million of them (80.7%) voted in favour of Catalonia's independence from Spain. Show More Summary

The £1.7bn question (Part II) - What are other EU finance ministers saying?

Here's a round-up of comments from other EU finance ministers about the UK's £1.7bn EU budget surcharge and the deal struck at today's meeting. This being EU budget negotiations, everyone is claiming either 'nothing to see here' or victory. Show More Summary

The £1.7bn question - who's right Osborne, Farage or the European Commission?

Below we give a blow by blow breakdown of what George Osborne did or did not secure at today’s EU finance ministers meeting. This basically comes down to the UK’s rebate and how it’s applied. Osborne claimed that:As PM said EU bill unacceptable. Show More Summary

Germany's Bundestag votes in favour of stricter benefits rules for EU migrants

The German Bundestag today approved changes to the country’s Immigration Act which are meant to prevent the abuse of EU free movement. This is not yet a done deal as the Bundesrat - the German upper house - needs to approve the changes,...Show More Summary

On EU Crime and Policing the UK lost an opportunity to negotiate a new deal

Open Europe's Christopher Howarth wrote the following article for the Telegraph. For more information as to the UK's crime and policing opt out please also see Open Europe's An Unavoidable Choice Why is the European Arrest Warrant so...Show More Summary

'Benefit tourism' is a red herring but welfare and low-income migration are inextricably linked

Today’s UCL report on the fiscal impact of migration to the UK has understandably provoked a lot of interest. The top line findings are that: Between 1995 and 2011, migrants from EEA countries made a positive fiscal contribution over...Show More Summary

Court of Auditors highlights erros in EU spending again

Each year the EU's Court of Auditors issues its opinion on the EU's spending and each year it is the same - "material errors" amounting to billions of euros probably misspent.First of all, let's get the usual caveats out of the way - the auditors have signed off the accounts, which means that they are a reliable picture of EU revenue and spending. Show More Summary

The Podemos Express: What lies behind the extraordinary rise of Spain's new protest party?

The extraordinary rise of Podemos, Spain's eight-month-old protest party, continues. A new Metroscopia poll for El País, released on Sunday, showed that the party would win a Spanish general election, if held today, with 27.7% of votes. Show More Summary

EU budget row: How much interest will the UK pay if it refuses to cough up?

300% interest - in the EU it is legal As most of you will know by now, the European Commission has asked the UK to pay an extra £1.7bn surcharge into this year's EU budget - before December 1. David Cameron has said he won't pay anything...Show More Summary

Commission forecasts pain a less than optimistic picture for eurozone outlook

The European Commission has this morning released its Autumn 2014 Economic forecasts. While these forecasts can often be quite mundane owing to the very managed message they are trying to send, this set look to be a bit different (see here for our take on Winter 2014 and Autumn 2013). Show More Summary

EU migration - a deliverable proposal for reform

As we already noted here, today we published a new pamphlet by Professor Damian Chalmers of the LSE and our Research Director Stephen Booth. The basic question the authors ask is, in the current political climate, how in the world can...Show More Summary

Everyone take a deep breath: suggestions Merkel ready to accept Brexit following free movement row are wide of the mark

Der Spiegel reports that German Chancellor Angela Merkel warned David Cameron at last month’s EU summit that she would no longer try to keep the UK in the EU if Cameron sought to impose quotas or a cap on workers from other EU countries, as opposed to changing the rules around EU migrants’ access to benefits. Show More Summary

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