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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
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
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.
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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
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.
Ahead of tonight’s crucial EU Summit, Open Europe’s Raoul Ruparel lays out his take on where things currently stand on the key demands which Prime Minister David Cameron laid out in his letter to European Council President Donald Tusk. The post Heading into crucial EU Summit where do we stand on UK’s EU reform demands? appeared first on Open Europe.
Spaniards will head to the polls on Sunday in what is easily the most unpredictable Spanish general election in decades. Open Europe’s Vincenzo Scarpetta previews this unprecedented four-way race, looking at the key issues at stake and the possible post-election scenarios. The post Spain heads to its most unpredictable election in decades appeared first on Open Europe.
Ahead of tomorrow's European Council, a new ComRes poll for Open Europe shows just how important the renegotiation will be in terms of swinging the result of the EU referendum. Two issues - safeguards for non-Euro member states and restrictions on new EU migrants' access to in-work benefits - are particularly crucial. Show More Summary
In a joint op-ed with UK Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond, Italian Foreign Minister Paolo Gentiloni voices support for one of the UK’s key renegotiation demands – the need for a more flexible EU that allows for different levels of integration. Show More Summary
Boris Johnson has suggested that Denmark’s carve-out from EU free movement rules provides a useful precedent for a compromise over the UK’s demands on EU migration and welfare. What is the Danish exception and might it be useful to the UK? The post Is a Danish-style compromise an option for the UK and EU on migrants’ access to welfare? appeared first on Open Europe.
Despite winning nearly seven million votes (a new record high), Front National failed to secure control of any French region. But is Marine Le Pen really the big loser of this regional election? Open Europe’s Vincenzo Scarpetta looks at the final results and draws four key conclusions. The post French regional election: Lessons learnt appeared first on Open Europe.
Open Europe's Raoul Ruparel examines how Prime Minister David Cameron can flesh out his demand for better implementation of subsidiarity which he has included as part of his EU reform and renegotiation. The post How to put flesh on the bones of Cameron’s subsidiarity demands in the EU renegotiation appeared first on Open Europe.
The proposal to restrict EU migrants’ access to in-work benefits for four years is understandably subject to intense scrutiny but the accusations that such a policy is ‘illegal’ entirely misses the point. Reform will require changes to EU law in one form or another and there are no easy options. Show More Summary
A new poll shows that, despite winning over 40% of the vote in the first round of the French regional elections, Front National leader Marine Le Pen and her niece Marion Maréchal-Le Pen would both be beaten in the second round in the two regions where they are standing as candidates. Show More Summary