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Blog Profile / Open Europe

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Archived Since:April 21, 2008

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The Swedish election results may be net neutral for Cameron’s EU renegotiation plans

The Swedish election results were a mess. The Social Democrats and two other opposition parties, the Greens and Left, garnered 43.7% of the vote, against 39.1% for the sitting centre-right Coalition. The anti-immigration Sweden Democrats won 13% of the vote, up from 5.7% in 2010. Show More Summary

What impact could this round of Russian retaliatory sanctions have on Europe?

In our continuing effort to bring increased transparency to the murky issue of sanctions we’ve compiled some initial thoughts on the likely Russian retaliatory response to the EU’s latest sanctions – published in full here and whichShow More Summary

What to expect from the Commission's new economics team

Will France's Moscovici (left) be effectively shackled by Finland's Katainen (centre) and Latvia's Dombrovskis (right)? The new European Commission (EC) also sees the overhaul of its approach to the Eurozone. While Pierre Moscovici holds...Show More Summary

Lord Hill is the EU's new financial services Commissioner - but what is his remit and who does he report to?

With the future of the UK seemingly hanging by a thread it is understandable that events north of the border are dominating attention, but today's announcement of the new European Commission also has far-reaching consequences for the...Show More Summary

Braveheart: Aspiration or reality? Alex Salmond claims Scotland could join the EU in 18 months

Aspiration or reality? Alex Salmond has today claimed that an independent Scotland's (iScotland) EU membership terms could "be finalised in 18 months" i.e by March 2016. There is an obvious political reason for wishing to play down the...Show More Summary

#EUpriorities: Ensure the EU steers clear of decisions better taken nationally

As promised, here is the first of the cartoons accompanying our reform mandate for the new European Commission: We believe that the EU must do more than merely pay lip service to the principle of subsidiarity, i.e. that the EU should not meddle in areas that can better be handled nationally (or locally). Show More Summary

EU divisions delay sanctions on Russia, likely to focus on Rosneft

The EU last night finally reached an agreement on the latest round of sanctions on Russia, although the members agreed to delay implementation for a "few days" to allow time for the ceasefire to take hold and to reconsider the sanctions on the basis of whether the ceasefire holds or not. Show More Summary

Attention new European Commission! This is how to save £200bn, kick-start growth and re-connect the EU with voters

This morning, Open Europe published a 'mandate' for the new European Commission - in short a series of proposals setting out what the Commission should - and shouldn't - be doing over its five year term of office. Our mandate idea was...Show More Summary

ECB surprises markets with interest rate cut and purchases of private assets: Round-up of reactions from around Europe

As we predicted might happen, the ECB surprised markets yesterday with the announcement of an interest rate cut and the purchases of private assets.Open Europe’s Raoul Ruparel has a full analysis on his Forbes blog, where he concludes:“In summation, Draghi surprised the markets with some bullish action. Show More Summary

ECB preview - Dovish Draghi to double down on easing?

The European Central Bank (ECB) holds its monthly meeting in Frankfurt today - the day after ECB President Mario Draghi's 67th birthday.As usual, Open Europe's Head of Economic Research Raoul Ruparel has published a preview on his Forbes...Show More Summary

What further sanctions is the EU considering against Russia?

Given the recent escalation in Eastern Ukraine and the increasingly obvious Russian influence in the rebel forces, the EU looks set to impose further economic and financial sanctions on Russia. EU ambassadors met yesterday to begin discussing the options and will meet again tomorrow in an attempt to finalise a package to send to EU leaders. Show More Summary

The CDU's 'AfD problem': too big to ignore, too controversial to team up with

Yesterday’s regional elections in Saxony saw Germany's anti-euro Alternative für Deutschland (AfD) score an impressive 9.7% netting the party its first ever seats in one of Germany’s regional parliaments. The lead candidate of the Green...Show More Summary

Headlines are all for AfD and UKIP, but the biggest shocker for traditional parties may come from Spain...

The surge of anti-EU, anti-euro and protest parties across Europe continues. Germany's anti-euro Alternative für Deutschland (AfD) is making headlines after winning 9.7% of votes in yesterday's regional elections in Saxony and securing...Show More Summary

The Independent getting excited but do 100 Tory MPs really want to leave the EU no matter what?

The UK media has an insatiable appetite for ‘Tories split’ stories on Europe – mainly we suspect because it makes for an attention-grabbing headline - and Douglas Carswell’s defection is Christmas come early for many. True, the defection...Show More Summary

Tusk and Mogherini: Europe's new 'dream team'? Our initial thoughts

Europe's new 'dream team'? As we noted in our previous post, Cypriot President Nicos Anastasiades had sort of spoiled the surprise. Anyway, now it's official: Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk has been appointed new European CouncilShow More Summary

"I understand that Tusk it's OK": Has the Cypriot President just spoiled it all?

As we wrote in our round-up of EU leaders' doorsteps, Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk is the favourite for the European Council President post but it was not yet a done deal. However, have we just inadvertently had confirmation that...Show More Summary

EU top jobs summit has kicked off: here is a round-up of doorstep declarations

EU leaders have all arrived in Brussels for today's summit. There are two big issues on the table: the appointments of the next European Council President and High Representative for Foreign Affairs; and the worsening situation in Ukraine...Show More Summary

EU top jobs: will Matteo Renzi and Mrs. Tusk get their way?

Herman waves goodbye to the European Council Presidency - who will succeed him? As we laid out in our flash analysis yesterday, the outcome of tomorrow's EU 'top jobs' summit is looking increasingly predictable. Italian Prime Minister...Show More Summary

Douglas Carswell defects to UKIP: A Clacton by election could change the general election result

Douglas Carswell was until this morning the Conservative MP for Clacton on the Essex coast. He has now resigned from the Conservative party, joined UKIP, and says he will resign his seat in order to contest it as a UKIP candidate inShow More Summary

Latest UK migration statistics likely to further turn up political heat on EU migration

The ONS has this morning released its latest long-term UK migration statistics and they are likely to increase the intensity of the spotlight on EU migration - if that was possible. The headline statistics are: 560,000 people immigrated...Show More Summary

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