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URL :http://openeuropeblog.blogspot.com/
Filed Under:News / International Affairs
Posts on Regator:2377
Posts / Week:7
Archived Since:April 21, 2008

Blog Post Archive

Miliband vague on most EU issues but categorical on energy

Labour leader Ed Miliband addressed his party conference in Manchester this afternoon. While the focus was on ‘togetherness’, the NHS and his various encounters with members of the public with useful bits for his speech, there were a couple of mentions of the EU and related issues. Show More Summary

Yesterday Scotland, tomorrow the EU? Are there lessons for the 'In' and 'Out' camps?

Staying or leaving? If David Cameron wins the May election he has promised an In/Out EU referendum by 2017. Even if he does not it is still probable there will be one at some point. National referendums are rare in the UK so with the Scottish vote we have a rare glimpse of what the EU referendum campaigns could look like. Show More Summary

Once the dust from Scotland's 'No' settles, what are the implications for the UK's EU renegotiation?

Act in haste - repent at leisure? The big question over Scottish independence may have been settled but the campaign has thrown up a whole host of further questions concerning the UK's constitutional settlement that will need to be addressed in the near future. Show More Summary

Scotland votes, Catalonia waits: Will there soon be another independence referendum in Europe?

FC Barcelona supporters waving the Scottish flag The world is watching Scotland today, and the Catalans will watch closer than most.Spanish news sites are featuring pictures of FC Barcelona supporters waving Scottish flags during their...Show More Summary

Confidence vote won, absolute majority lost: not the best start for the new French government

The new French government, led by Prime Minister Manuel Valls, yesterday won its first vote of confidence in the National Assembly. That was expected, but the big news is that Valls and his government have fallen well short of winning an absolute majority.269 MPs voted in favour, 244 against, and 53 abstained. Show More Summary

German fingerprints on Juncker's Digital Agenda?

The 'digital agenda' was a key plank of Jean-Claude Juncker's 'campaign' to become European Commission President and will be one of the top priorities for the next five years. Indeed, his new look Commission has its own dedicated 'digital...Show More Summary

The AfD bangwagon rolls on - what are the implications?

Germany's anti-euro AfD party has hit a rich vein of electoral form building on its success in Saxony two weeks ago (where it scored 9.7% and won its first seats in one of Germany's 16 regional parliaments) to win 12.2% in Brandenburg and 10.6% in Thuringia; a considerable improvement on pre-election polls. Show More Summary

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

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