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With the Greek crisis prompting Poland's opposition Law and Justice party today to call on the Polish government to formally drop its bid for euro membership, Open Europe's Pawel Swidlicki argues it further re-enforces the case for a more flexible, multi-form Europe. Show More Summary
Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras is prepared to accept the latest version of the creditors' offer to Greece, with only a handful of tweaks. Will it be enough to clinch a deal? Our Southern Europe expert Vincenzo Scarpetta investigates. The post Tsipras takes one more step towards full capitulation appeared first on Open Europe.
With Greece’s bailout programme due to expire today, and an 11th hour request by Greek PM Tsipras for a third bailout package immediately shot down by Merkel, the referendum on Sunday will be a decisive moment for Greece’s future in the Eurozone. Show More Summary
In a shock move Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras late last night announced a referendum on 5 July on whether to accept a deal with Greece’s creditors. Open Europe’s Raoul Ruparel lays out what this might mean for Greece and Europe. The post What will shock Greek referendum mean for the Eurozone and Greece? appeared first on Open Europe.
On Saturday Eurozone finance ministers will meet for the fifth time in the space of a week to discuss Greece. Many have billed it as a last chance. Open Europe lays out all you need to know ahead of the crucial meeting. The post All you need to know heading into a crucial weekend for Greece and the Eurozone appeared first on Open Europe.
David Cameron has reportedly accepted that Treaty change might not be possible before the UK's EU referendum. Our co-Director Stephen Booth explains that Treaty change is the best way to put EU reforms on a solid legal footing, but several other options exist. The post EU Treaty change is preferable but it’s the substance that is crucial appeared first on Open Europe.
Open Europe's Stephen Booth argues that it would be a mistake for David Cameron to pursue a purely technocratic EU negotiation behind closed doors. Publicly preparing the political groundwork for an ambitious deal at home and abroad will broaden the scope of what can be agreed in the inevitable smoke-filled room in Brussels. Show More Summary
When Syriza was catapulted into office early this year, the expectation was that it would bow to creditors’ demands and sign another extend-and-pretend agreement, this may still come to pass – granted, only in the 11th hour. But will...Show More Summary
Ahead of the European Council summit tomorrow at which Cameron is set to make his opening pitch for EU reform, Open Europe's Pawel Swidlicki argues that he should not forget about the EU budget, the reform of which could save UK and EU taxpayers £187bn over seven years. The post Why Cameron should not forget about the EU budget appeared first on Open Europe.
A hectic day of meetings around Greece started out badly with most finance ministers playing down chances of a deal. But the climate has improved with the new Greek proposals being seen as a better basis for a compromise and much more in line with creditors demands. The post From pessimism to cautious optimism as Greece bends to Eurozone demands appeared first on Open Europe.
A new Business for Britain report entitled 'Change or Go' provides a lengthy analysis of the issues to be addressed in the forthcoming EU negotiations and echoes many of the reforms proposed by Open Europe. The post Where to draw the ‘red lines’ on EU reform? appeared first on Open Europe.
Following EU Single Market Commissioner El?bieta Bie?kowska's announcement that she will take on Germany and other member states over services protectionism, Open Europe's Pawel Swidlicki argues that the Commission should be ambitious and push for genuine liberalisation. The post Commission finally takes aim at services protectionism appeared first on Open Europe.
As Eurozone Finance Minister prepare to continue talks with the bloc’s problem child – Greece – in Luxembourg this afternoon, chances of striking a deal today look slim, as Greek Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis admitted himself. With no breakthrough expected, the mood music around the talks is what we should watch. Show More Summary
With the passage of the EU referendum bill delayed by the row over purdah, Open Europe's Pawel Swidlicki argues that rather than appearing to stack the deck in its favour, the government should focus on delivering EU reform as that is the best way to secure an in vote. The post Government in a mess of its own making over purdah rules appeared first on Open Europe.
Denmark’s general election will take place on Thursday. The vote could yield a new centre-right government that is strongly supportive of David Cameron’s EU renegotiation bid. Irrespective of who wins, the election is likely to see the country’s eurosceptic parties increase their power in the Folketing, the Danish parliament. Show More Summary
The European Court of Justice (ECJ) has this morning ruled that it considers the ECB’s bond buying programme, the Outright Monetary Transactions (OMT), to be in line with EU law. As such, it has put the German Constitutional Court in a tough position. The post ECJ approves ECB bond buying programme as expected appeared first on Open Europe.
Reports have been circling this afternoon that, at a meeting in Bratislava, officials of the Euro working group have been discussing potential plans for a Greek default, including various options for Greek capital controls. With a deal looking as far off as it ever has, the risk of such controls is growing. Show More Summary
As negotiations falter between Greece and the Eurozone Grexit looks closer than ever. At the same time a new negotiation is just beginning between the UK and the rest of the EU aimed at reforming the EU ahead of the UK referendum. But...Show More Summary
Despite being initially seen by some as a blueprint for the future repatriation of powers, the UK Government’s Balance of Competences Review passed largely under the radar, prompting accusations of a great 'cover up' from some quarters. Show More Summary
Open Europe has today published its ‘Blueprint for EU reform’, calling on David Cameron to use the forthcoming EU summit on 25-26th June to launch negotiations on a new settlement that leads to a genuine change of direction to Britain’s relationship with the EU. Show More Summary