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Despite the Swiss public voting for restricting EU free movement, the EU has flat-out refused to enter into negotiations on this topic. Open Europe's Pawel Swidlicki looks at the implications not only for the wider EU-Swiss relationship but also for the UK. Show More Summary
Burdensome EU regulation has long been a subject that has occupied us at Open Europe. In 2009 we proposed that the European Commission’s Impact Assessment Board should have the power to block EU laws where the benefits don’t clearly outweigh the costs. Show More Summary
Following Tony Blair's speech this morning we look at Blair's role in the UK's unsettled relationship with the EU and whether his solution - not having a referendum - will actually reduce the chances of the UK leaving the EU. The post Tony Blair is wrong, ducking an EU referendum will not reduce the chance of #Brexit – EU reform might appeared first on Open Europe.
On Tuesday, Peter Gauweiler MP, Deputy Chairman of German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s CSU sister party resigned, citing the German government’s position on the successive euro bailouts as the reason. Headlines claimed this spells trouble for Merkel - but how much of a threat is it really? Open Europe's Nina Schick investigates. Show More Summary
The Greek state is running incredibly short of cash. Questions are now growing around whether Athens will be able to make a €450 million payment to the IMF on 9 April. But what would happen if it didn’t? Would it be so bad? Open Europe’s Raoul Ruparel investigates. The post What happens if Greece does not pay the IMF on time? appeared first on Open Europe.
With the election campaign underway and the opinion polls to close to call the fate of the Conservatives' EU referendum will depend on parliamentary arithmetic. We have a look at how things stand. The post What are the chances of an In/Out EU referendum being passed in the next Parliament? appeared first on Open Europe.
Nicolas Sarkozy's centre-right alliance won a landslide victory in the French departmental elections, making yesterday a terrible election night for President Francois Hollande's Socialist Party. Front National performed below recent expectations, but made gains that shouldn't be underestimated. Show More Summary
The latest British Social Attitudes survey suggests ‘we are all eurosceptics now’ and, even among those who might be expected to be the most enthusiastic supporters of the EU, British voters want to see the EU reformed and its powers reduced. The post What is British voters’ beef with the EU? appeared first on Open Europe.
The headline figures of Open Europe’s Brexit report have attracted a lot of attention. But what lies behind them? Open Europe’s Raoul Ruparel explains. The post Where do the costs and benefits of Brexit come from? appeared first on Open Europe.
Some of the coverage of our Brexit report has honed in on the conclusion that, in order for Britain to make the most of life outside the EU and reach either of our optimistic scenarios where UK GDP is 0.6% or 1.55% of GDP higher in 2030...Show More Summary
Front National won over 25% of the nationwide vote in the first round of French local elections yesterday. This is less than the latest opinion polls were predicting, but hardly a defeat for the party led by Marine Le Pen. Our Southern Europe expert Vincenzo Scarpetta explains why. Show More Summary
In any referendum on Britain’s membership of the EU, it’s clear that the economic pros and cons will be at the heart of the arguments. The independence referendum in Scotland showed just how vital it is for the winning side to establish...Show More Summary
Open Europe's new report on Brexit concludes there is a life for Britain outsie the EU. However, it will face a number of tough political and economic choices if it is to prosper. The post Britain can prosper post Brexit – if it embraces free trade and deregulation appeared first on Open Europe.
The Eurozone crisis has descended into farce - with Greece dangerously close to running out of money, Europe is engaged in a heated debate about whether or not Greek Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis gave Germany the middle finger back in 2013. Open Europe investigates... The post The #Varoufake row: A new low for the Eurozone crisis appeared first on Open Europe.
George Osborne has grounds to be cheerful as the Office of Budget Responsibility forecasts the UK's EU budget contribution will fall in 2016/17, around the time of the potential referendum. However, Open Europe's Pawel Swidlicki argues that rather than rely on uncertain assumptions, the UK should still push for radical reform of EU spending. Show More Summary
Eurogroup Chairman Jeroen Dijsselbloem yesterday raised the prospect of potential capital controls in Greece. But how likely is such a scenario and what could bring it about? Open Europe’s Raoul Ruparel investigates. The post How likely are capital controls in Greece? appeared first on Open Europe.
EU red tape imposes a significant cost on the UK economy - according to the Government's own assessments, this now stands at £33.3bn. However, as Open Europe's Pawel Swidlicki demonstrates, leaving the EU would not necessarily reduce...Show More Summary
Yesterday's threat by Greek Defence Minister Panos Kammenos of the Independent Greeks to 'flood' Europe with refugees including potential IS members has arguably brought German-Greek relations to a new low. The post A new low for German-Greek relations? appeared first on Open Europe.
In the latest installment in our Brexit series, Open Europe concludes that securing EU market access post-Brexit would be far easier for the UK's goods exporters than for sectors such as financial services The post How would the UK’s key export sectors fare under Brexit? appeared first on Open Europe.
In light of the extraordinary rise of Podemos, it has been clear for some time that the next Spanish general elections will put an end to the country's traditional two-party system. But the recent poll surge of another contender, the centrist party Ciudadanos, suggests Spain may be on course to become a four-party country. Show More Summary