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Archived Since:April 21, 2008

Blog Post Archive

It's raining men in Brussels: Juncker Commission at risk of humiliating veto by MEPs over lack of gender balance

We are now at the halfway point in terms of nominating the next Commission with 14 out of 28 member states having publicly announced their candidates. The line-up suggests we will have the most heavy-weight Commission to-date with no less than four former Prime Ministers; Andrus Ansip, Jyrki Katianen, Valdis Dombrovskis and Juncker himself. Show More Summary

FTSE 100 businesses give EU reform and renegotiation a big boost

Whenever EU reform and renegotiation are being debated, one of the most powerful claims made by the status-quo side is that it would generate uncertainty which would be bad for business. Well today's FT reports that according to a survey...Show More Summary

The EU's possible new sanctions on Russia: What 'burden sharing'?

As we noted in our previous blog on the potential 'Stage 3' of EU sanctions on Russia, the options considered by the European Commission and the EEAS seem heavily focused on financial markets, raising the question of whether London would...Show More Summary

EU options for 'Stage 3' sanctions on Russia highlight underlying confusion

As Greek daily To Vima and the FT have been reporting, there is a draft going around of the EU options paper on possible further sanctions on Russia that will be discussed at today’s meeting of EU ambassadors. The paper includes potential...Show More Summary

Balance of Competences round-up: Part II

Further to our previous post on the Government's Balance of Competences report on free movement, below we pick out some of the key points from the other reports published today:The report on the services stated that:“Incomplete and ineffective...Show More Summary

Government's Balance of EU Competences Review sets out need for reform - finally

Today, the UK Government has published the third batch of its reports reviewing the ‘Balance of Competences’ between the UK and the EU. We have noted before that many of the previous reports, whilst interesting on much of the detail,...Show More Summary

Will EU foreign ministers agree on what to do with Russia?

(l-r) The foreign ministers of Italy, Spain and France EU foreign ministers will meet tomorrow to discuss what to do with Russia in light of last week's MH17 plane crash, where almost 300 people lost their lives. The option of moving to tougher 'Stage 3' economic sanctions will be on the table. Show More Summary

EU leaders fail to agree on the remaining top jobs. Anything to remember from yesterday's summit?

Yesterday's European Council summit ended without an agreement on the remaining EU top jobs. However, something interesting still came out of the meeting.A socialist (and a woman?) for next EU foreign policy chiefEU leaders appear to have established that the next High Representative for EU foreign policy will be a centre-left politician. Show More Summary

Will Tusk take over from van Rompuy, and what would it mean for Cameron?

Tusk and Merkel "discuss the World Cup" ahead of today's European Council summit (h/t Maciek Sokolowski) Yesterday, we reported that Italian Foreign Minister Federica Mogherini's bid to become the next EU High Representative for Foreign...Show More Summary

Franco-German stand-off over eurozone fiscal rules reaches biblical proportions

In the past month there has been a lot of pushing and shoving over the eurozone's fiscal rules (see here). While renegotiating the Stability and Growth Pact seems off the table, French President François Hollande and Italian Prime Minister...Show More Summary

Martin Schulz's revenge: Will the European Parliament block the UK's EU Commissioner?

Martin Schulz – the ‘European Commission Presidential candidate’ who was re-selected President of the European Parliament after his socialist group in the EP became the runner-up - was made a persona non grata by Labour in the run-up to the European elections. Show More Summary

Is the UK's new man in Brussels a dark horse?

On his Telegraph blog, Open Europe Director Mats Persson looks at Lord Hill's nomination as the UK's next European Commissioner:This morning, Brussels watchers, virtually in unison, typed the following name into Google: Lord Hill. David Cameron’s long-awaited nomination for the UK’s next European Commissioner was hardly a household name. Show More Summary

Are things heading towards a showdown on the new EU foreign policy chief?

EU leaders will meet in Brussels tomorrow to get on with the assignment of the remaining top jobs. Priority will probably be given to the appointment of the EU's new foreign policy chief (aka High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy).Italian Foreign Minister Federica Mogherini is still regarded as the frontrunner for the job. Show More Summary

Who is Lord Hill? (The UK's new appointment to be the UK's EU Commissioner)

Lord Hill: The best candidate Cameron could find? The most visited Wikipedia page from Brussels IP addresses today will be Lord Hill's - the UK's European Commissioner nominee. Lord Hill is currently the leader of the House of Lords.We...Show More Summary

Is Hammond the most eurosceptic Tory Foreign Secretary to date?

Hammond: Will he win back UKIP voters to the Conservatives? Following the surprise resignation of William Hague as Foreign Secretary last night and the appointment this morning of Philip Hammond as his replacement, the Conservatives' Europe policy is once again in the spotlight. Show More Summary

Is Juncker saddling up to take on the EU's red tap dragon?

In an interview with Bild am Sonntag, European Commission President-designate Jean-Claude Juncker argued that: “It is right that there are concerns [among EU citizens] that the EU is interfering in things that are not its concern… for...Show More Summary

What sparked yesterday's renewed concerns around the eurozone?

Over on his Forbes blog Open Europe's Raoul Ruparel provides a comprehensive analysis of the renewed concerns around European banks, centred around Banco Espirito Santo (BES), which saw stocks falling across Europe yesterday. The full...Show More Summary

Will the real Jean-Claude Juncker please stand up?

This week, Jean-Claude Juncker conducted his tour of political groups in the European Parliament in a bid to get their support for him to succeed Barroso. On this occasion, German social democrat MEP Udo Bullmann stressed:"Mr. Juncker...Show More Summary

Has the ECB backed German ‘reform contracts’ for the eurozone?

In a speech in London yesterday, ECB President Mario Draghi issued a call for new eurozone rules on structural reform. He discusses it at length in the speech, but the ECB’s summary captures the key points:The governance of structural...Show More Summary

Why Cameron needs to make a swift decision on the UK's next EU Commissioner

In a recent briefing, we stressed that David Cameron needs to pick a 'heavy-hitter' as UK's next European Commissioner if he wants to secure a key portfolio for the UK. Our point is reinforced by a quick look at the candidates being (more or less officially) lined up by other EU member states. Show More Summary

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