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Government formation takes an unexpected turn in Portugal

Contrary to initial expectations, the Portuguese Socialist Party looks set to vote down the centre-right minority government that Prime Minister-designate Pedro Passos Coelho is about to form – and push ahead with negotiations over a leftist alliance that would involve the openly anti-euro Communist Party. Show More Summary

All change in Warsaw? The potential impact of the elections on Polish domestic and European policy

Ahead of Sunday's Polish elections, Open Europe's Pawel Swidlicki assesses the prospects for a change of government and looks at the likely implications of this for Poland's EU policies and its stance towards David Cameron's EU renegotiation. The post All change in Warsaw? The potential impact of the elections on Polish domestic and European policy appeared first on Open Europe.

New Spanish jobs data: The numbers and the politics

The latest batch of quarterly jobs data before the December Spanish general election was released this morning. The headline figures are nothing short of a boon for Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy – but is it really all good news? Our Southern Europe expert Vincenzo Scarpetta gives his view. The post New Spanish jobs data: The numbers and the politics appeared first on Open Europe.

Bank of England wades (tentatively) into EU referendum campaign

The Bank of England has released its analysis of how EU membership impacts its role and its ability to fulfil its mandate of price and financial stability. However, the report also provides a slightly wider assessment of EU membership. Show More Summary

CBI’s case still found wanting ahead of EU referendum

The Confederation of British Industry (CBI) has released a new report outlining the views of its members on the UK’s EU membership ahead of the EU referendum. Open Europe’s Raoul Ruparel digs into the report. The post CBI’s case still found wanting ahead of EU referendum appeared first on Open Europe.

Trade set to be key battleground in EU referendum

Even at this early stage it is obvious that trade will be a crucial issue in the EU referendum campaign. As such a new YouGov poll provides some interesting insight into how voters see the UK’s key trading partners now and in the future. The post Trade set to be key battleground in EU referendum appeared first on Open Europe.

Open Europe poses ten questions for the EU referendum Remain and Leave campaigns

We have now seen the launch of both the ‘Remain’ and ‘Leave’ campaigns (with two in the latter camp) ahead of the EU referendum. There are a number of tough questions that both sides will have to answer, especially if they are to appeal to all-important swing voters in this referendum. Show More Summary

Is Ever Closer Union just a symbolic phrase with no meaningful application?

Open Europe's Pawel Swidlicki argues that a rare interview with the President of the European Court of Justice demonstrates that the Court interprets EU law in favour of greater integration, and that this explains why Cameron is keen to extricate the UK from the commitment to 'Ever Closer Union'. Show More Summary

New poll: Majority of German voters back red card for national parliaments

A new poll released by Open Europe Berlin in cooperation with the British Chamber of Commerce in Germany, and conducted by Forsa, finds widespread support for key elements of the UK’s renegotiation agenda among German public opinion.  The post New poll: Majority of German voters back red card for national parliaments appeared first on Open Europe.

Let’s not overdo comparisons between the Scottish referendum and the EU referendum

There is no doubt that there are some important and useful lessons to be learnt from the Scottish referendum ahead of the upcoming EU referendum in the UK. However, it should not be overdone. It is important to remember that these are very different issues which encapsulate different histories, emotions and economics. Show More Summary

Have Theresa May and Boris Johnson really made free movement a red line in the renegotiation?

Theresa May and Boris Johnson's respective comments on free movement yesterday have been widely interpreted as their personal red lines in the EU renegotiation. Open Europe's Pawel Swidlicki assesses whether this is really the case. The post Have Theresa May and Boris Johnson really made free movement a red line in the renegotiation? appeared first on Open Europe.

What are the implications of the ECJ opinion on the UK’s right to reside test?

Open Europe's Pawel Swidlicki assesses the implications of the ECJ Advocate General's recommendation that the Commission's legal challenge against the UK's test for benefit eligibility for EU migrants ought to be dismissed. The post What are the implications of the ECJ opinion on the UK’s right to reside test? appeared first on Open Europe.

No, Portuguese voters didn’t back austerity

Portugal's incumbent centre-right coalition led by Prime Minister Pedro Passos Coelho finished ahead in yesterday's general election. Does this mean Portuguese voters have backed austerity? Open Europe's Vincenzo Scarpetta gives his take on the election results. The post No, Portuguese voters didn’t back austerity appeared first on Open Europe.

Majority of Tory MPs remain open-minded about EU membership and are waiting to assess Cameron’s reform package

Ahead of the Conservative Party conference, Open Europe's Pawel Swidlicki argues that most Tory MPs have not yet made their minds up about which side to support in the EU referendum campaign, and that much will hinge on the credibility of Cameron's EU reform package. Show More Summary

All you need to know about the Portuguese election

The Portuguese general election will take place on Sunday 4 October. It may well deliver an inconclusive outcome, with neither the centre-right governing coalition nor the Socialist Party securing an absolute majority in the Portuguese parliament. Show More Summary

Commission eyes pragmatic steps towards Capital Markets Union

The European Commission has today released its detailed “Action Plan” for the creation of a Capital Markets Union (CMU). Open Europe’s Raoul Ruparel assess what is and what is not included in the plans. The post Commission eyes pragmatic steps towards Capital Markets Union appeared first on Open Europe.

MEPs vote to increase EU spending – what is the fallout for the UK?

Following today's news that the European Parliament has voted to increase EU spending to €146.5bn next year, well above the amount agreed by member states, Open Europe's Pawel Swidlicki assesses the financial and political consequences for the UK. The post MEPs vote to increase EU spending – what is the fallout for the UK? appeared first on Open Europe.

What to make of the Dutch referendum on the EU-Ukraine Association Agreement?

To the surprise of many, there is now likely to be a Dutch referendum on the EU-Ukraine Association Agreement thanks to a petition signed by over 450,000 people. But what is it really about? Open Europe's Pieter Cleppe explains. The post What to make of the Dutch referendum on the EU-Ukraine Association Agreement? appeared first on Open Europe.

TTIP – one step forward, two steps back?

Originally it was hoped that the EU-US free trade agreement – TTIP – would be almost wrapped up by now but thanks to numerous delays and a tricky political environment on both sides of the Atlantic progress has been slow and painful....Show More Summary

The Catalan election: Why it matters

Catalan voters will head to the polls on Sunday in what could be a milestone election for the future of the region, its independence movement, and Spain as a whole. Open Europe’s Vincenzo Scarpetta looks at the key issues in the Catalan election. The post The Catalan election: Why it matters appeared first on Open Europe.

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