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Meet the new Belgian Finance Minister, an ally on EU reform

Good news for EU reform keeps coming from Belgium. After the publication of the new coalition agreement, which we've analysed here, it has today been announced that Johan Van Overtveldt will be the country's new Finance Minister. A former...Show More Summary

Between The Rock and a hard place: Spain threatens to shut UK out of EU crime databases

The WSJ reports today that Spain is using its dispute with the UK over Gibraltar to hold up/block the UK's re-entry into a number of EU crime and policing laws. To recap, the UK has already decided to exercise its block opt-out of over...Show More Summary

A new Belgian governemnt: Will Brussels control Brussels?

N-VA leader Bart De Wever and new PM Charles Michel After less than five months, a relatively short period by local standards, a new federal Belgian government has been agreed. In the light of our analysis in May, "Scenario 2" has materialised:...Show More Summary

Slovenia fights back - but maybe it's a few months too late?

Gone but not yet forgotten The European Parliament and the political machines that dominate it were, according to many, not supposed to select the President of the European Commission - but they got their man. MEPs, led by Spitzenkandidaten...Show More Summary

The UK's Lord Hill is approved as EU financial services Commissioner - What next?

The final discussions and votes in the European Parliament's committees over the nominees for the new European Commission are currently taking place with most of the results already in.As expected, Lord Hill has been approved as new EU Commissioner for financial services by 42 to 16 votes. Show More Summary

Hill likely to be approved but Bratusek down as Juncker Commission edges closer

Hill's hearing was less of a duel than expected Following another long day of hearings the make-up of the Juncker Commission is becoming clearer.The UK’s Commissioner-designate Lord Hill had his second hearing in front of the Economic and Monetary Affairs Committee today and by almost all accounts performed well. Show More Summary

Timmermans comes out fighting for EU Reform

Vice-President Commissioner Designate for Better Regulation Frans Timmerman's hearing at the European Parliament Conference of Presidents has just wrapped up, and the man who we've hailed as a thought leader for EU Reform came out pushing...Show More Summary

Showdown between France and Commission set to test EU’s budget rules

It has been widely reported over the weekend that the European Commission (EC) is seriously considering rejecting France’s new budget proposal which will see it run a deficit of 4.3% next year rather than the EC target of 3%. As theShow More Summary

Juncker bitten by the hand that fed him as the European Parliament undermines his Commission

Juncker and Schulz in happier times... The letter from European Parliament (EP) President Martin Schulz to European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker has now been published in full and contains an extensive list of questions for...Show More Summary

What would a British withdrawal from the ECHR mean for its EU membership?

Justice Minister Chris Grayling has today announced that a new Conservative Government could pull Britain out of the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg unless it secures Council of Europe agreement that the UK Parliament has the final say over its rulings. Show More Summary

When is money not "real money"? Let's ask the European Commission...

There is a select group of masochists out there (us included) who devote their time to studying the inner workings of the EU budget. Its a very dry and technical process but at the end of the day the numbers matter - the UK's gross annual...Show More Summary

UK Commissioner called back for second hearing – what happens now?

UK Commissioner designate Lord Hill yesterday faced the European Parliament’s Economic and Monetary affairs committee which has to judge if he is suitable for the proposed role of Commissioner for Financial Services, Financial Stability and Capital Markets Union. Show More Summary

David Cameron and his Ministers continue to tread fine line on EU migration reform

The Times and the Mail today both feature stories on the increasing pressure on David Cameron to take a stronger stance on migration from the EU.The Times suggests that senior figures within his party are calling on him to use his renegotiation to explore the introduction of quotas on migrants from existing EU member states. Show More Summary

Malmström impresses in her hearing, but is she on the same page as Juncker on TTIP?

Cecilia Malmström during her hearing today The European Parliament kicked off its hearings of Commission nominees today, with most of the attention focused on Sweden's Cecilia Malmström, the current Home Affairs Commissioner who has been handed the hugely important Trade portfolio. Show More Summary

Catalan President calls non-binding independence vote: legal battle with Madrid looms

The signature of Catalan President Mas on today's decree The die is cast in Barcelona. Catalan President Artur Mas has just signed the decree calling an independence vote on 9 November. The Spanish government will hold an emergency cabinet...Show More Summary

European Parliament hearings of Commission nominees: Will MEPs claim any notable scalps?

Will Juncker's Commission survive unscathed? (picture via @Gruene_Europa) On Monday we will see the first hearings of European Commission nominees by the European Parliament committees responsible for their respective policy areas (full calendar here). Show More Summary

Have the SPD and German unions endorsed TTIP? Not quite...

While the Labour Party's conference dominated the coverage in the UK over the past few days, its German sister party, the SPD, held its own 'mini' conference over the weekend. Opposition to TTIP - the EU-US free trade deal currentlyShow More Summary

Miliband vague on most EU issues but categorical on energy

Labour leader Ed Miliband addressed his party conference in Manchester this afternoon. While the focus was on ‘togetherness’, the NHS and his various encounters with members of the public with useful bits for his speech, there were a couple of mentions of the EU and related issues. Show More Summary

Yesterday Scotland, tomorrow the EU? Are there lessons for the 'In' and 'Out' camps?

Staying or leaving? If David Cameron wins the May election he has promised an In/Out EU referendum by 2017. Even if he does not it is still probable there will be one at some point. National referendums are rare in the UK so with the Scottish vote we have a rare glimpse of what the EU referendum campaigns could look like. Show More Summary

Once the dust from Scotland's 'No' settles, what are the implications for the UK's EU renegotiation?

Act in haste - repent at leisure? The big question over Scottish independence may have been settled but the campaign has thrown up a whole host of further questions concerning the UK's constitutional settlement that will need to be addressed in the near future. Show More Summary

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