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Denmark’s upcoming EU referendum: Would a ‘No’ vote be a shot across the bow for those resisting UK demands?

Denmark will this week hold a referendum on whether to replace its full opt-out from EU justice and home affairs cooperation with a UK-style 'opt-in' model. Open Europe's Pieter Cleppe looks at the key issues at stake and what the referendum means for David Cameron's EU renegotiation. Show More Summary

What to make of Labour’s dedicated pro-EU campaign?

Following the formal launch of Labour's dedicated Labour IN for Britain pro-EU campaign, Open Europe's Pawel Swidlicki assesses the campaign and examines some of the challenges it faces. The post What to make of Labour’s dedicated pro-EU campaign? appeared first on Open Europe.

Welcome news: 19 countries call for targets on cutting EU regulation

At the instigation of the UK, 19 EU member states have signed a letter calling on the European Commission to establish targets for reducing the burden of EU regulation. While the letter is short on details as to how this could be achieved...Show More Summary

Latest migration figures give UK government little scope to back down over EU migrants’ access to benefits

Today's immigration figures which reveal a record number of EU migrants arrived in the UK over the past year demonstrate that there is little scope for the UK to back down over its demands to change the rules over EU migrants' access to welfare. Show More Summary

European Commission plan for common deposit insurance – dead on arrival?

The European Commission has today unveiled its plan for the next pillar of the Banking Union – a common insurance scheme for bank deposits. However, the response from certain countries, Germany in particular, has already been cool and the plan is unlikely to progress in its current form. Show More Summary

Will question of votes at 16 scupper prospects of a snap EU referendum?

Following the House of Lords' decision to widen the EU referendum franchise to 16 and 17 year olds, Open Europe's Pawel Swidlicki examines whether the irrespective of the government's response, the prospects of a snap vote have been scuppered. The post Will question of votes at 16 scupper prospects of a snap EU referendum? appeared first on Open Europe.

France triggers EU ‘mutual defence clause’ – but what is it?

Following last week’s terrorist attacks in Paris, France has decided to invoke Article 42(7) of the EU Treaty – establishing that EU countries must provide “aid and assistance” to a fellow member state that suffers an armed aggression. Show More Summary

Could refugee crisis trigger rapid deterioration in Polish-German relations?

The new Polish government has hit out at Germany's handling of the refugee crisis following comments from European Parliament Martin Schulz that Poland was not showing enough European 'solidarity'. Open Europe's Pawel Swidlicki looks at the implications for Polish-German relations. Show More Summary

What do the Paris attacks mean for the migration crisis?

As the world still struggles to comprehend brutality of Paris terror attacks, Open Europe's Nina Schick writes that it will serve to deepen Europe's divisions on the migration crisis. The post What do the Paris attacks mean for the migration crisis? appeared first on Open Europe.

UK on course to miss EU 2020 renewables target

A leaked letter earlier this week confirmed that the UK is unlikely to meet its EU mandated renewable energy targets in 2020 – as predicted in a paper by Open Europe last year. Where does this leave the UK and the EU’s 2020 targets? The post UK on course to miss EU 2020 renewables target appeared first on Open Europe.

Don’t write off the renegotiation

It’s fair to say that the reaction to David Cameron’s renegotiation proposals this week has not been particularly positive. David Frost – former diplomat, now Open Europe Council member and CEO of the Scotch Whisky Association – argues that it would premature however to write off the UK's EU renegotiation. Show More Summary

German U-turn on Syrians: Merkel’s attempt to calibrate refugee policies to reality

The German Interior Minister, Thomas de Maizière is centre-stage in a domestic political storm on the status of Syrian nationals in the on-going refugee crisis. Nina Schick argues that he’s the fall-guy as Merkel backtracks to calibrate her refugee policies to political realities and public opinion. Show More Summary

Portugal: The saga is far from over

The Portuguese parliament voted down the government programme submitted by Prime Minister-designate Pedro Passos Coelho, forcing his centre-right minority government to resign. Open Europe’s Vincenzo Scarpetta looks at what may happen next. The post Portugal: The saga is far from over appeared first on Open Europe.

Deportation agreements to remain illusive prize at Valletta Summit

EU leaders will meet with their African counterparts for a two-day migration crisis summit starting in in Malta today. While the EU has started to focus on root causes of the migration crisis, including tackling economic migration at...Show More Summary

Europe responds to Cameron’s EU reform proposals

Following Prime Minister David Cameron’s speech earlier today, which set out his reform and renegotiation demands ahead of the EU referendum, we have done a quick round-up of reactions from across Europe. The post Europe responds to Cameron’s EU reform proposals appeared first on Open Europe.

Open Europe responds to David Cameron’s letter and speech on EU reform

Open Europe has today published its response to Prime Minister David Cameron’s letter to European Council President Donald Tusk as well as his speech earlier today, which set out his reform and renegotiation demands ahead of the EU referendum. The post Open Europe responds to David Cameron’s letter and speech on EU reform appeared first on Open Europe.

A ‘roadmap’ to nowhere? Catalan parliament votes to begin independence process

Catalonia’s regional parliament has adopted a motion marking the official beginning of the political process towards a break-away from Spain. What happens next? Open Europe’s Vincenzo Scarpetta discusses the key unanswered questions in a situation which is looking increasingly complex. Show More Summary

FAZ Exclusive: German government shifts position on Syrian refugees

An exclusive by Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung reports that the German government is moving to tighten up laws allowing Syrian refugees to stay in Germany, but what impact will it really have, and will it be enough to convince the German public that Merkel has regained control in the refugee crisis? Open Europe's Nina Schick explores. Show More Summary

The devil will be in the detail of Osborne’s EU reform proposals

George Osborne has been accused of watering down his demands and setting the bar too low, but the truth is that he did not rule much in or out when it comes to redefining the relationship between the Eurozone and countries outside the single currency. Show More Summary

Greek bank stress test misses the elephant in the room

The latest Greek bank stress test and the ensuing bank recapitalisation is an important part of the third bailout. But how credible are they given previous failed attempts to sort out the sector? Raoul Ruparel investigates. The post Greek bank stress test misses the elephant in the room appeared first on Open Europe.

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