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Archived Since:April 21, 2008

Blog Post Archive

Legal debate about restricting EU migrants’ access to in-work benefits misses the wider point

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

French regional elections: Moment of truth approaches

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

Is an EU migration emergency brake back on the table in the UK renegotiation?

Reports today suggest that the EU and the UK are in negotiations over the potential for an EU migration emergency brake. Open Europe’s Raoul Ruparel looks at what we know so far and whether the plan might backfire. The post Is an EU migration emergency brake back on the table in the UK renegotiation? appeared first on Open Europe.

Confused reporting of OBR view on EU migrants access to benefits

A personal and unsubstantiated comment from an OBR economist has stoked the view that the OBR has hit out at the government's policy on limiting EU migrants access to benefits. The debate should refocus on the details of the policy, argues Raoul Ruparel. The post Confused reporting of OBR view on EU migrants access to benefits appeared first on Open Europe.

Tusk letter on UK-EU negotiations puts ball in EU’s court

Donald Tusk’s letter on the UK’s EU renegotiation holds few surprises but the tone suggests he thinks other member states and the EU institutions could do more to meet UK demands. The post Tusk letter on UK-EU negotiations puts ball in EU’s court appeared first on Open Europe.

UK Government must not fudge red card for national parliaments in its EU renegotiation

Open Europe's Pawel Swidlicki explains why a 'red card' for national parliaments is necessary, and sets out the five criteria required to make it effective in practice. The post UK Government must not fudge red card for national parliaments in its EU renegotiation appeared first on Open Europe.

Conclusion of UK-EU negotiations likely in February as expected

Reports this morning highlight that a deal between the UK and EU on the UK’s EU reforms is unlikely at the December EU summit. Open Europe’s Raoul Ruparel argues that this had looked to be the case for some time and that it is hard to present this as a defeat for the UK which had always been flexible on the exact timing. Show More Summary

ECB roils markets with disappointing stimulus package

Markets across Europe were down sharply yesterday after the ECB significantly disappointed expectations in terms of further easing. As the dust settle many will rightly be wondering why exactly market expectations became so dislocated from actual ECB thinking and what this means for the longer term. Show More Summary

EU Wargames: Simulating the negotiations that will determine Britain’s place in Europe

On 25th January 2016, we will bring together leading politicians to take part in Open Europe's 'EU Wargames,' where we will simulate the negotiations that will determine Britain's future in Europe. With the official announcement that there will be no finalised deal for the UK at the December Summit, we will play out two scenarios: Reform and Brexit. Show More Summary

French regional elections: Is Front National set for a breakthrough?

The first round of the French regional elections will take place on Sunday 6 December. According to recent opinion polls, Marine Le Pen’s Front National could achieve a historic result by securing control of two French regions. The post French regional elections: Is Front National set for a breakthrough? appeared first on Open Europe.

Denmark’s upcoming EU referendum: Would a ‘No’ vote be a shot across the bow for those resisting UK demands?

Denmark will this week hold a referendum on whether to replace its full opt-out from EU justice and home affairs cooperation with a UK-style 'opt-in' model. Open Europe's Pieter Cleppe looks at the key issues at stake and what the referendum means for David Cameron's EU renegotiation. Show More Summary

What to make of Labour’s dedicated pro-EU campaign?

Following the formal launch of Labour's dedicated Labour IN for Britain pro-EU campaign, Open Europe's Pawel Swidlicki assesses the campaign and examines some of the challenges it faces. The post What to make of Labour’s dedicated pro-EU campaign? appeared first on Open Europe.

Welcome news: 19 countries call for targets on cutting EU regulation

At the instigation of the UK, 19 EU member states have signed a letter calling on the European Commission to establish targets for reducing the burden of EU regulation. While the letter is short on details as to how this could be achieved...Show More Summary

Latest migration figures give UK government little scope to back down over EU migrants’ access to benefits

Today's immigration figures which reveal a record number of EU migrants arrived in the UK over the past year demonstrate that there is little scope for the UK to back down over its demands to change the rules over EU migrants' access to welfare. Show More Summary

European Commission plan for common deposit insurance – dead on arrival?

The European Commission has today unveiled its plan for the next pillar of the Banking Union – a common insurance scheme for bank deposits. However, the response from certain countries, Germany in particular, has already been cool and the plan is unlikely to progress in its current form. Show More Summary

Will question of votes at 16 scupper prospects of a snap EU referendum?

Following the House of Lords' decision to widen the EU referendum franchise to 16 and 17 year olds, Open Europe's Pawel Swidlicki examines whether the irrespective of the government's response, the prospects of a snap vote have been scuppered. The post Will question of votes at 16 scupper prospects of a snap EU referendum? appeared first on Open Europe.

France triggers EU ‘mutual defence clause’ – but what is it?

Following last week’s terrorist attacks in Paris, France has decided to invoke Article 42(7) of the EU Treaty – establishing that EU countries must provide “aid and assistance” to a fellow member state that suffers an armed aggression. Show More Summary

Could refugee crisis trigger rapid deterioration in Polish-German relations?

The new Polish government has hit out at Germany's handling of the refugee crisis following comments from European Parliament Martin Schulz that Poland was not showing enough European 'solidarity'. Open Europe's Pawel Swidlicki looks at the implications for Polish-German relations. Show More Summary

What do the Paris attacks mean for the migration crisis?

As the world still struggles to comprehend brutality of Paris terror attacks, Open Europe's Nina Schick writes that it will serve to deepen Europe's divisions on the migration crisis. The post What do the Paris attacks mean for the migration crisis? appeared first on Open Europe.

UK on course to miss EU 2020 renewables target

A leaked letter earlier this week confirmed that the UK is unlikely to meet its EU mandated renewable energy targets in 2020 – as predicted in a paper by Open Europe last year. Where does this leave the UK and the EU’s 2020 targets? The post UK on course to miss EU 2020 renewables target appeared first on Open Europe.

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