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Blog Post Archive

Pressure increases on Cameron and allies as Merkel ratchets up support for Juncker

As we have noted before, for all the talk over the next Commission President, it remains anyone’s game and there are a number of candidates in the running.Everyone's now watching the mixed and vague position of German Chancellor Angela Merkel. Show More Summary

France comes under fire in latest European Commission economic assessment

The European Commission has just released its latest round of country-specific recommendations (the Commission’s advice on how the country can boost economic growth and maintain stable public finances). As with the broader economic state of the eurozone, the recommendations are a bit of a mixed bag. Show More Summary

The battle for a blocking minority: How do you stop a carreering Junckernaut?

Not reflective of all EU opinion? David Cameron is not without allies in his battle to stop Jean-Claude Juncker becoming President of the European Commission but are there enough votes to block him?Well firstly, although the European parliament has a veto - it is the European Council (the member states) that first need to propose a candidate. Show More Summary

Belated Ascension Day for Juncker?

Since Tuesday's European Council, at which Angela Merkel pointedly played down Jean-Claude Juncker's prospects of becoming the next European Commission President, she has come under a phenomenal amount of pressure domestically from a...Show More Summary

Schäuble comes out strong for #EUReform

The latest intervention by one of Europe's most important politicians shows that, in the wake of the shock European elections result over the weekend, Europe’s leaders are waking up to smell the coffee.Writing a guest piece for Die Welt,...Show More Summary

Have Cypriot deposits finally hit bottom?

Last year, we covered the Cypriot crisis extensively, and the steep decline in Cypriot deposits in particular. As we reported back then, the problem was likely to continue for some time, and did. But now, just over twelve months on (data...Show More Summary

Battle for next Commission President is a proxy for a wider debate between two competing visions of Europe

Our Director Mats Persson writes on his Telegraph blog:"Something is rotten in Europe” was the German newspaper Die Welt’s damming take on the European elections, which last week saw record numbers vote for anti-establishment parties of various shades. Show More Summary

Who will win the race for the most anti-EU MEPs: Farage or Le Pen?

The dust is beginning to settle after the European elections, and aside from the drama over the appointment of the European Commission President, the other big developing story is the exact composition of the groups within the new European...Show More Summary

Martin Callanan for UK Commissioner?

Commissioner Callanan? ????????????????????????????????????????????? ? The most high profile UK casualty of last week’s European Elections, other than Nick Clegg obviously, was Martin Callanan, the leader of the Conservatives’ European Conservative and Reformist Group (ECR) in the European Parliament. Show More Summary

"Something is rotten in Europe" - European election reaction round-up

As the dust settles following the European elections, we are now beginning to see some interesting analysis and commentary from across the EU. Here is our round-up. Despite the relative success of the established parties in Germany,Show More Summary

Heads begin to roll in aftermath of European election shock

As might be expected after some shocking showings in the European Parliament (EP) elections, the heads have begun to roll – and rightly so, some would say.The most high profile resignation so far is that of the Spanish opposition Socialist...Show More Summary

Meet Podemos, the great newcomer of the European elections

The European Parliament elections have dealt a blow to Spain's traditional two-party system. Together, Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy's Partido Popular (PP) and the opposition Socialist Party (PSOE) won 49% of votes. In 2009, their combined score was 80.9%. Show More Summary

Anti-system MEPs surge in the European Parliament: how will EU leaders respond?

Open Europe has today responded to the preliminary 2014 European Parliament elections results. Please note that these figures are based on a combination of final results and some projections so could still be subject to change. However, we do not consider any substantial swings likely. Show More Summary

#EP2014 - early impressions

The exit polls are now starting to roll in and there are already some interesting stories emerging.Turnout looks on course to be simlar to 2009. The estmiate for 2014 is 43.11% versus 43% in 2009. In Germany, turnout has increased from 43% to 48%. Show More Summary

Belgium's general election: Will we see another 541 days without a government?

This Sunday, on the same day as the European Parliament elections, Belgium will hold a general election, electing both new federal and regional assemblies to govern 11 million people. The key question is how strong the Flemish nationalist N-VA, which is already the biggest political party, will perform this time around. Show More Summary

Dutch reformers hold ground as Wilders falters

We've already blogged about the Dutch #EP2014 exit poll but we thought we'd also break down the projected result according to the classifications we used in our recent briefing which forecast the composition of the new parliament. Rather...Show More Summary

What does Wilders' defeat in Dutch euro elections mean?

For various reasons that we don’t quite understand, most of the UK press has deemed it illegal to report on the exit polls from yesterday’s European elections in the Netherlands - with the exception of the Telegraph. The NetherlandsShow More Summary

Hey Herr Schulz - what happened to pan-European democracy?

This is really odd - and painfully revealing.In today's Bild - Germany's and Europe's biggest tabloid, which is up there with UK tabloids on the hit list of Brussels spokespeople (Bild once urged the Greeks to sell their islands) - the...Show More Summary

EU migration closes gap on non-EU migration into UK

The ONS has this morning published another set of updated migration figures. As always they make interesting reading with respect to EU migration - many eyes are on the figures for Romanians and Bulgarians in particular. As the graph above shows, net immigration from the EU increased from 82,000 in 2012 to 124,000 in 2013. Show More Summary

Sarko drops a bomb: At least half of EU powers should return to member states

Three days ahead of the European Parliament elections in France, former French President Nicolas Sarkozy has written a bombshell piece on Europe for French weekly Le Point and German daily Die Welt - calling for "at least half" of current...Show More Summary

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