Blog Profile / Open Europe


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Archived Since:April 21, 2008

Blog Post Archive

All you need to know heading into a crucial weekend for Greece and the Eurozone

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.

EU Treaty change is preferable but it’s the substance that is crucial

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.

Cameron’s EU negotiations should not disappear into the Brussels undergrowth

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

The Greek drama is far from over – even if there is a deal

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

Why Cameron should not forget about the EU budget

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.

From pessimism to cautious optimism as Greece bends to Eurozone demands

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.

Where to draw the ‘red lines’ on EU reform?

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.

Commission finally takes aim at services protectionism

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.

No final deal expected on Greece: What’s the mood music?

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

Government in a mess of its own making over purdah rules

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.

The Danish election: One to watch

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

ECJ approves ECB bond buying programme as expected

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.

The how, what, when and why of Greek capital controls

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

What might a Grexit mean for EU Reform and Brexit?

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

The truth about the government’s EU audit

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 calls on David Cameron to pursue an ambitious plan for reform at the June EU summit

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

The ECJ and EU migrants’ access to benefits: where do we stand?

With the ECJ considering a number of cases relating to EU migrants' access to benefits, including the challenge against the UK's right to reside test, Open Europe's Pawel Swidlicki looks at the legal issues involved while also arguing there is a broader political principle at stake. Show More Summary

Open Europe updates its ‘Brexit Barometer’ – probability of Brexit raised to 19%

The aim of Open Europe’s Brexit Barometer is to provide some insight into what the likelihood of Brexit is given a number of upcoming/contingent events and the potential for successful reform within the EU – something which, if achieved, is shown by many polls to reduce the support for exiting the EU. Show More Summary

European politicians begin to see need for flexible EU, but remain confused about how to achieve it

The upcoming publication of the Four Presidents' Report on the future of the Eurozone is helping focus minds. Politicians across Europe acknowledge the need for a more flexible EU allowing for different levels of integration, but ideas are still quite confused. Show More Summary

Is Polish politics about to get messy again?

With Polish politics in a state of flux following the Presidential elections, Open Europe's Pawel Swidlicki looks at the new parties set to challenge the establishment in autumn's parliamentary elections, and what this could mean for Poland's place in the EU and for David Cameron's renegotiation. Show More Summary

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