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European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker this morning unveiled a revamped plan to address the on-going migrant crisis. Open Europe's Vincenzo Scarpetta looks at the key aspects of the proposal. The post Juncker’s revamped refugee plan: The good, the bad and the ugly appeared first on Open Europe.
The Government suffered its first defeat of this Parliament last night on the EU referendum ‘purdah’. Open Europe’s Raoul Ruparel argues that the whole process has been a mess and poorly handled by the Government and that it is now time to get back to the job of EU reform and negotiations. Show More Summary
European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker will next week unveil a revamped plan for redistributing tens of thousands of refugees across EU member states. His renewed push looks more likely to succeed now that France and Germany have both endorsed binding quotas. The post Juncker prepares new push for refugee quotas appeared first on Open Europe.
The EU has been overwhelmed by the migration and refugee crisis facing it and has descended into finger-pointing and an unsavoury blame-game. What is already a complex problem is being complicated further by confused national and EU policies and the conflation of many different issues. Show More Summary
The prevailing assumption before the Greece election was called was that outgoing Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras would return as head of the next government in one way or another. However, the latest polling has suggested this is far less certain than assumed. Show More Summary
The Government's net migration target has become a quarterly symbol of failure. While EU migration makes the task harder, the reasons for failing to reduce migration are complex and involve difficult trade-offs. Ministers should be honest about that. The post The net migration target doesn’t make sense irrespective of EU migration appeared first on Open Europe.
French Economy Minister Emmanuel Macron is speaking openly about changing the EU Treaties to achieve further Eurozone integration. This is good news for David Cameron's EU renegotiation push, as France has historically been wary of Treaty change - but the diverging timelines remain an issue. Show More Summary
The short campaign is still several months off but the contours of the EU referendum debate are beginning to take shape. With the economic argument far from clear cut, we could be in for an unpredictable contest. The post The EU referendum campaign is likely to be defined by shades of grey and fine margins appeared first on Open Europe.
With the third Greek bailout officially under way, our policy analyst Vincenzo Scarpetta looks at how the debates and votes on the rescue package in a number of national parliaments have once again highlighted the underlying tension between Eurozone membership and national democracy. Show More Summary
This is the question many politicians across Europe will be asking themselves as they give the final seal of approval to the third Greek bailout this week. How much debt relief will be needed to get the IMF involved in the bailout? What...Show More Summary
Following Eurozone finance ministers approval of the third Greek bailout on Friday it is now down to final national approval. In some countries this means tricky parliamentary votes, including in Germany and the Netherlands. Open Europe’s Raoul Ruparel investigates how the votes might go and what the fallout could be. Show More Summary
Following former Polish Foreign Minister Rados?aw Sikorski's calls for EU member states to "empower" the EU to conduct more effective foreign policy on their behalf, Open Europe's Pawel Swidlicki argues the problem lies not with weak EU institutions, but with competing national foreign policies which cannot be easily overridden. Show More Summary
Recent opinion polling has highlighted that there is a huge divergence of views across the EU with regards to ‘ever closer union’ but on balance there is little support for it. This could help with the UK’s EU reform push, though highlights some potential complications for the Eurozone. Show More Summary
After all night talks Greece looks to have reached an initial technical agreement with its creditors over the content of the third bailout package. Attention now turns to squeezing the tricky political agreement into the next week. The post Greece reaches technical agreement with creditors appeared first on Open Europe.
It has been widely noted recently that the Irish economy is recovering strongly posting the highest growth levels in the EU. However, with an election looming in early 2016, the political environment is not as clear cut as might be expected and is beginning to reflect uncertainties in other parts of Europe. Show More Summary
A mixed week for the EU on trade highlights the need for the EU and the UK to think more creatively about how to maximise the EU's added value in this crucial area. The post Mixed week for EU free trade shows need for reform appeared first on Open Europe.
With the Calais crisis likely to dominate the headlines throughout the summer, Open Europe's Pawel Swidlicki examines whether arguments that the EU is principally at fault have any merit. The post Would Brexit leave the UK better placed to tackle the Calais crisis? appeared first on Open Europe.
With little clear progression in the negotiations between Greece and its creditors it is looking increasingly likely that a second bridge loan could be needed. The post A second bridge loan for Greece on the horizon appeared first on Open Europe.
The IMF has pulled further back from joining the third Greek bailout. How much difference might this make to the funding and nature of the bailout? Could it jeopardise it entirely? Open Europe’s Raoul Ruparel investigates. The post How could the third Greek bailout change without the IMF? appeared first on Open Europe.
Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung reported overnight on an interesting development with German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schäuble said to be proposing significant restructuring of the European Commission and seeking to tie the changes in with the UK’s EU reform programme. Show More Summary