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URL :http://openeuropeblog.blogspot.com/
Filed Under:News / International Affairs
Posts on Regator:2406
Posts / Week:7
Archived Since:April 21, 2008

Blog Post Archive

The Farage Paradox part II: Support for EU membership at highest level since 1991

Back in May, we pointed out the so-called 'Farage Paradox' - even as the party came first in the European elections in the UK and Farage himself was widely seen as having bested Nick Clegg in their TV debates, support for leaving the...Show More Summary

Irony alert as Poles ride to UKIP's rescue in a classic Brussels stitch-up

We reported only a few days ago that UKIP's EFDD group in the European Parliament collapsed after a Latvian MEP resigned, meaning the group no longer met the criteria of having MEPs from at least seven different EU member states. The...Show More Summary

Barroso lets his hair down - and British media loves it

Would the UK have zero influence outside the EU? Outgoing European Commission President José Manuel Barroso is in London, and he has made a few interesting remarks about the Tories, Brexit, EU free movement and Grant Shapps. Wading into the most intense debate on EU migration in the UK since 1066, he has really hit the headlines. Show More Summary

Legal challenges could pose new problems for EU sanctions on Russia

Arkady Rotenberg and Rosneft CEO Igor Sechin We’ve discussed the economic and political challenges which the sanctions on Russia have caused for the EU. So far the economic pain has been managed (though Germany has been hit quite hard), despite outbursts from a few countries. Show More Summary

The EU Referendum Bill passes another hurdle - but time is running out

EU Referendum Bill rises again The Conservative party's attempt to force an EU Referendum in 2017 onto the statute book is back in the guise of Bob Neill's Private Member's Bill (remember James Wharton's bill was killed of by the Lords back in January). Show More Summary

UK takes another blow over bankers' bonus cap

EBA HQ in London The European Banking Authority (EBA) on Wednesday released the results of its investigation into whether banks across Europe have been using ‘allowances’ to skirt the EU’s bankers’ bonus cap. This is obviously a hugely...Show More Summary

What are David Cameron's options on EU immigration?

Following reports that David Cameron is considering a new announcement on how he would renegotiate EU free movement, potentially considering an "emergency brake", we have set out in a short briefing what his potential options are.Here are the key points:The debate about internal EU migration has two dimensions. Show More Summary

See you in Court: Should there be a referendum before the UK opts into the European Arrest Warrant?

Could another Rees-Mogg Judicial Review lead to a referendum? Update 17:00: The Spectator Coffee House blog is reporting the Conservative Chief Whip may be preparing MPs for a decision to stay out of the EAW. However the line from Number...Show More Summary

'Grillage People' no more: European Parliament group of Farage and Grillo collapses

Nigel Farage and Beppe Grillo (the 'Grillage People', as @Berlaymonster brilliantly renamed the duo) have just lost their group in the European Parliament.Latvian MEP Iveta Grigule left #EFDD group today. #EFDD no longer has members from at least 7 countries, so declared dissolved today. Show More Summary

Seven reasons we love Slovenia's new Commissioner nominee Violeta Bulc

The first (and only) causality of the European Parliament hearings for Jean-Claude Juncker's new Commission so far, is Slovenia's Alenka Bratusek, who withdrew her candidacy for the post of Vice-President for Energy Union after a being...Show More Summary

The Stoiber report: a milestone in the fight against EU red tape?

Edmund Stoiber presents his report Today saw the publication of the final report of the "High Level Group on Administrative Burdens", i.e. an EU taskforce charged with cutting red tape and easing its impact on businesses. The group -...Show More Summary

Catalan government calls off independence referendum, but it's not the end of the story

The Catalan government has called off the non-binding independence referendum planned for 9 November. It was really just a matter of time. Catalan President Artur Mas had repeatedly stressed that he wanted the consulta to be legal, so that the outcome of the independence vote could be recognised as valid in Spain and beyond. Show More Summary

Meet the new Belgian Finance Minister, an ally on EU reform

Good news for EU reform keeps coming from Belgium. After the publication of the new coalition agreement, which we've analysed here, it has today been announced that Johan Van Overtveldt will be the country's new Finance Minister. A former...Show More Summary

Between The Rock and a hard place: Spain threatens to shut UK out of EU crime databases

The WSJ reports today that Spain is using its dispute with the UK over Gibraltar to hold up/block the UK's re-entry into a number of EU crime and policing laws. To recap, the UK has already decided to exercise its block opt-out of over...Show More Summary

A new Belgian governemnt: Will Brussels control Brussels?

N-VA leader Bart De Wever and new PM Charles Michel After less than five months, a relatively short period by local standards, a new federal Belgian government has been agreed. In the light of our analysis in May, "Scenario 2" has materialised:...Show More Summary

Slovenia fights back - but maybe it's a few months too late?

Gone but not yet forgotten The European Parliament and the political machines that dominate it were, according to many, not supposed to select the President of the European Commission - but they got their man. MEPs, led by Spitzenkandidaten...Show More Summary

The UK's Lord Hill is approved as EU financial services Commissioner - What next?

The final discussions and votes in the European Parliament's committees over the nominees for the new European Commission are currently taking place with most of the results already in.As expected, Lord Hill has been approved as new EU Commissioner for financial services by 42 to 16 votes. Show More Summary

Hill likely to be approved but Bratusek down as Juncker Commission edges closer

Hill's hearing was less of a duel than expected Following another long day of hearings the make-up of the Juncker Commission is becoming clearer.The UK’s Commissioner-designate Lord Hill had his second hearing in front of the Economic and Monetary Affairs Committee today and by almost all accounts performed well. Show More Summary

Timmermans comes out fighting for EU Reform

Vice-President Commissioner Designate for Better Regulation Frans Timmerman's hearing at the European Parliament Conference of Presidents has just wrapped up, and the man who we've hailed as a thought leader for EU Reform came out pushing...Show More Summary

Showdown between France and Commission set to test EU’s budget rules

It has been widely reported over the weekend that the European Commission (EC) is seriously considering rejecting France’s new budget proposal which will see it run a deficit of 4.3% next year rather than the EC target of 3%. As theShow More Summary

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