Blog Profile / Open Europe


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Archived Since:April 21, 2008

Blog Post Archive

Cameron’s EU deal could never have satisfied the tabloids on immigration

The proposed EU deal on migration was never going to satisfy those that wanted a complete end to free movement or ‘complete control’ over immigration but, by rolling back the rules on free movement and citizenship in favour of the nation state, it could reassure undecided voters that the system is fairer and safer. Show More Summary

Open Europe responds to proposed EU Reform package

Open Europe gives its initial assessment of the draft proposal tabled by European Council President Donald Tusk today. The post Open Europe responds to proposed EU Reform package appeared first on Open Europe.

Has Italy found a solution to the bad loans plaguing its banks?

The European Commission has reached a deal with the Italian government on dealing with the bad loans at Italy's banks. Open Europe's Raoul Ruparel looks at whether the deal will be effective and whether it is in line with the EU's state aid rules. The post Has Italy found a solution to the bad loans plaguing its banks? appeared first on Open Europe.

Can ’emergency brake’ bridge gap between UK and EU on migration and welfare?

With Cameron due to meet two of the EU’s Presidents today – the Commission’s Jean-Claude Juncker and the Parliament’s Martin Schulz – and a third on Sunday – the Council’s Donald Tusk – attention has turned back to the UK’s demands on migration and access to welfare and an ‘emergency brake’. Show More Summary

Portugal’s new government faces EU hurdle over 2016 budget

The European Commission could ask the new Portuguese government to tweak its draft budget for 2016 and implement bigger structural deficit cuts. Such a request could put Portuguese Prime Minister António Costa on a collision course with either the Commission in Brussels, or his leftist allies in Lisbon. Show More Summary

Could there be a second EU referendum?

With the EU referendum campaign about to get under way there has been some background noise around the prospect of there being a second EU referendum. However, exactly how or when this might happen is unclear and confused. Open Europe’s Raoul Ruparel assesses some different potential scenarios for a second EU referendum. Show More Summary

Open Europe’s ‘EU Wargames’: What did they tell us?

Open Europe co-directors Stephen Booth and Raoul Ruparel give their initial assessment of the key lessons learnt from the 'EU Wargames', the simulated UK-EU negotiations hosted by Open Europe. The post Open Europe’s ‘EU Wargames’: What did they tell us? appeared first on Open Europe.

Scrapping the ‘first country of entry’ rule for asylum seekers: How big of a deal would it be?

The European Commission is planning to propose getting rid of rules allowing EU member states to deport asylum seekers back to the first EU country they entered. The media has presented the move as potentially placing a greater burden on the UK. Show More Summary

EU Wargames: Simulating the negotiations that will determine Britain’s place in Europe

Welcome to our #EUWargames live blog The post EU Wargames: Simulating the negotiations that will determine Britain’s place in Europe appeared first on Open Europe.

Scrapping the ‘first country of entry’ rule for asylum seekers: How big of a deal would it be?

The European Commission is planning to propose getting rid of a rule – the so-called Dublin Regulation – that allows EU member states to deport asylum seekers back to the country where they first entered the EU. The media have been presenting the move as potentially placing a greater burden on the UK. Show More Summary

EU migration crisis: will refugees acquire full free movement rights?

As Europe's migration crisis shows no sign of easing, there is a mounting debate about whether the refugees who have arrived in Europe will acquire full EU free movement rules entitling them to move to the UK, a debate which the Leave campaigns are trying to exploit in the wake of the Cologne attacks. Show More Summary

Commission raises the stakes in its legal dispute with Poland – what happens next?

Open Europe's Pawel Swidlicki argues that the European Commission's decision to initiate the so-called 'rule of law' mechanism against the Polish government could undermine both its legitimacy and its credibility. The post Commission raises the stakes in its legal dispute with Poland – what happens next? appeared first on Open Europe.

Is an EU referendum in June as nailed on as people think?

There seems to have been a growing consensus in the past weeks that the EU referendum will be held in June 2016. While this is indeed possible, Open Europe’s Raoul Ruparel argues that people may be underestimating how tight the timeline is, and that September therefore remains a distinct possibility. Show More Summary

Should the Government have a Brexit contingency plan?

David Cameron has suggested that the Government will not be putting together a Brexit contingency plan. Open Europe’s Raoul Ruparel argues that the Government should be working on a plan, though whether it should commit to single plan and publish it is another question. Show More Summary

European Commission should be wary of intervening in Polish domestic politics

Open Europe's Pawel Swidlicki outlines the recent domestic changes the Polish government has introduced to the country's Constitutional Tribunal and public media which have been described as undemocratic. Pawel argues that while they are a cause for concern, an EU intervention in Polish domestic politics could easily backfire. Show More Summary

Re-run elections loom in Spain as little progress is made in forming new government

Talks over the formation of the new Spanish government have been going on throughout the Christmas period, but no clear progress has been made. As a result, re-run elections are looking increasingly likely almost by the day. Open Europe’s Vincenzo Scarpetta takes a look at the latest developments. Show More Summary

Cameron set to give ministers free rein in EU referendum campaign

In a big decision UK Prime Minister David Cameron announced today that members of the Cabinet will be allowed to campaign for either Remain or Leave in the EU referendum. Open Europe’s Raoul Ruparel examines why he took this choice and what impact it could have. The post Cameron set to give ministers free rein in EU referendum campaign appeared first on Open Europe.

Polish debate on export of child benefits shows need to rethink EU rules

The Polish government has failed to agree a clear line on whether the country's new child benefit payment ought to also be paid out for children living abroad. Open Europe's Pawel Swidlicki argues that this demonstrates the need to rethink EU rules on access to benefits. Show More Summary

Uncertainty rules in Spain after messy election outcome

The Spanish general election delivered a messier outcome than expected. With no obvious government in sight, Open Europe’s Vincenzo Scarpetta discusses some possible scenarios. He argues that Spain can, at best, hope for a weak government to be formed. Show More Summary

What did we learn about the UK’s renegotiation from last night’s EU summit?

Last night’s events have provided few new details to go on, but the absence of a major dust-up and Angela Merkel’s raising of the prospect of future treaty change point to the outlines of a deal that could take shape in February. The post What did we learn about the UK’s renegotiation from last night’s EU summit? appeared first on Open Europe.

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