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Six arguments Cameron can make to help reconcile Warsaw to his proposals for reforming EU free movement

Polish Europe Minister Rafa? Trzaskowski's comments on Monday's Newsnight, where he said David Cameron’s plans to stop EU migrants from claiming benefits for the first four years after they arrive in Britain would be a "red line" for...Show More Summary

Did David Cameron really say EU migrants will need a job offer before coming to UK?

The dust has settled somewhat after Cameron’s much-anticipated immigration speech. As we set out here, we welcomed the balance the Prime Minister struck and were particularly pleased that he co-opted our proposal to let the principle of free movement stand, while limiting access to in-work benefits until after a certain period working in the UK. Show More Summary

Trouble in (the Guardian's) Paradise: anti-immigration party could bring down Swedish government

Jimme Akesson is off sick - but his party could cause trouble As we’ve noted repeatedly, one of the main themes in European politics these days is vulnerable governments trying to fend off insurgents coming from either side of the political spectrum. Show More Summary

Sarkozy wins back party leadership, but road to French presidential election remains very long

Nicolas Sarkozy took a further step on the road to his political comeback over the weekend, as he won back the leadership of France’s centre-right UMP party. The former French President secured 64.5% of votes in an online survey of UMP...Show More Summary

What impact will Cameron’s EU free movement changes actually have on the ground?

We’ve laid it out in our response today, but in an attempt to elucidate things we’ll go into a bit more detail in this post. In addition to the general 'fairness' discussion - making sure that there's a link between what people put in...Show More Summary

Cameron's speech: The response (so far) from around Europe

The big speech has been delivered - you can read our response here, but below we round up the reactions from around Europe - remember, the changes Cameron set out today based on Open Europe's research will require agreement from other EU leaders. Show More Summary

Why Cameron should stay clear of an 'emergency brake' on EU free movement

David Cameron's 'immigration speech' is expected to take place very soon.As we have noted several times, one of the options that he potentially could go for is an "emergency brake" - the ability to impose temporary restrictions on the...Show More Summary

Will the new migration figures force the Tories to go one step further on free movement?

Where do migrants to the UK come from the EU or non EU? David Cameron's hopes of getting back on the front foot on migration have been dealt a blow this morning - ONS figures show that immigration is up, and specifically immigrationShow More Summary

Juncker's investment plan gets cool reception

This is the name which has been given to the long touted €315bn investment fund which European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker has put front and centre of his programme to deliver jobs and growth. The key points of the proposal (EC press release, Juncker speech, Katainen speech) are: €315bn investment from 2015 – 2017. Show More Summary

Cross-party consensus developing in favour of OE's proposals for free movement reforms

Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg has today said he wants EU migrants to be blocked from accessing the new Universal Credit – which includes income-based jobseeker’s allowance, employment and support allowance, income support, child tax...Show More Summary

Owen Paterson: Has he called for EU exit or #EUReform?

BBC reports is is #Brexit Former Cabinet Minister Owen Paterson has just made a hard hitting speech on the UK’s relationship with the EU. He made a familiar case that the EU is as much a political union as an economic one. He concluded...Show More Summary

Open Europe report on reforming EU free movement: Make it fair to keep it free

Open Europe this morning published in full the already much cited report on how Cameron can win on EU migration without sacrificing free movement – trailed on the front page of Sunday Times yesterday and featured on BBC News at Ten and the Today Programme, amongst others. Show More Summary

UK looking down and out on banker’s bonus cap challenge

It’s a bad start to what looks as if it could be a very challenging day for the UK government with UKIP looking likely to win the by-election in Rochester and Strood. This morning the European Court of Justice (ECJ) Advocate GeneralShow More Summary

How close did the Dutch come to ditching the euro?

The Guilder - was it close to make a comeback? Yesterday, Dutch Finance Mininister Jan Kees de Jager, who was Finance Minister until November 2012, revealed something very interesting. Apparently, the Dutch government, together withShow More Summary

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

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