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Blog Profile / Open Europe


URL :http://openeuropeblog.blogspot.com/
Filed Under:News / International Affairs
Posts on Regator:2419
Posts / Week:6.9
Archived Since:April 21, 2008

Blog Post Archive

Headlines are all for AfD and UKIP, but the biggest shocker for traditional parties may come from Spain...

The surge of anti-EU, anti-euro and protest parties across Europe continues. Germany's anti-euro Alternative für Deutschland (AfD) is making headlines after winning 9.7% of votes in yesterday's regional elections in Saxony and securing...Show More Summary

The Independent getting excited but do 100 Tory MPs really want to leave the EU no matter what?

The UK media has an insatiable appetite for ‘Tories split’ stories on Europe – mainly we suspect because it makes for an attention-grabbing headline - and Douglas Carswell’s defection is Christmas come early for many. True, the defection...Show More Summary

Tusk and Mogherini: Europe's new 'dream team'? Our initial thoughts

Europe's new 'dream team'? As we noted in our previous post, Cypriot President Nicos Anastasiades had sort of spoiled the surprise. Anyway, now it's official: Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk has been appointed new European CouncilShow More Summary

"I understand that Tusk it's OK": Has the Cypriot President just spoiled it all?

As we wrote in our round-up of EU leaders' doorsteps, Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk is the favourite for the European Council President post but it was not yet a done deal. However, have we just inadvertently had confirmation that...Show More Summary

EU top jobs summit has kicked off: here is a round-up of doorstep declarations

EU leaders have all arrived in Brussels for today's summit. There are two big issues on the table: the appointments of the next European Council President and High Representative for Foreign Affairs; and the worsening situation in Ukraine...Show More Summary

EU top jobs: will Matteo Renzi and Mrs. Tusk get their way?

Herman waves goodbye to the European Council Presidency - who will succeed him? As we laid out in our flash analysis yesterday, the outcome of tomorrow's EU 'top jobs' summit is looking increasingly predictable. Italian Prime Minister...Show More Summary

Douglas Carswell defects to UKIP: A Clacton by election could change the general election result

Douglas Carswell was until this morning the Conservative MP for Clacton on the Essex coast. He has now resigned from the Conservative party, joined UKIP, and says he will resign his seat in order to contest it as a UKIP candidate inShow More Summary

Latest UK migration statistics likely to further turn up political heat on EU migration

The ONS has this morning released its latest long-term UK migration statistics and they are likely to increase the intensity of the spotlight on EU migration - if that was possible. The headline statistics are: 560,000 people immigrated...Show More Summary

It says it won’t accept a “gentlemen’s club” but how gender-balanced is the European Parliament itself?

Jean-Claude Juncker and his people have rightly expressed concern over the lack of female European Commission candidates put forward by member states. It’s raining men in Brussels as we put it recently.Never slow to jump on a bandwagon,...Show More Summary

Sweden set for a lurch to the left - and further gains for anti-immigration party

The Swedish elections take place on 14 September. As polls stand, the sitting centre-right coalition government, "Alliansen" - the Moderates, Centre Party, People's Party and Christian Democrats - look set to lose to a leftist coalition of some sort. Show More Summary

'Erm...Brussels we have a problem' (Or "If EU did satellites..." Part III)

This week has seen the latest farce in the EU's foray into space. The European Space Agency, which is based in Paris and building the so-called Galileo satellite navigation system for the EU, was left with egg on its face after the two latest satellites for the system were launched into the 'wrong' orbit. Show More Summary

Handelsblatt: France is the new sick man of Europe

The front page of Germany financial daily Handelsblatt today depicts France as the sick man of Europe, warning that "a once proud nation faces economic decline." Of course warnings of French decline have been made before - notably the...Show More Summary

The SNP embraces EU reform - but is it trying to have it both ways on treaty change?

Ahead of next month's crucial Scottish independence referendum, the Scottish government has put out its own paper on EU reform, designed to position the SNP on the pro-reform as opposed to the status quo side of the debate. The report has generated very little coverage (our daily press summary being the exception). Show More Summary

Volume vs Fairness: EU free movement debate hotting up in upper echelons of Tory party

The Times yesterday note d that pressure among some senior Tories is building on David Cameron to prioritise the negotiation of 'curbs' on the free movement of persons. The word 'curb' is used often in this debate, but it is not always...Show More Summary

Fact check: Can we take Danny Alexander's "3 million jobs" threat seriously?

In June, Liberal Democrat Chief Secretary to the Treasury Danny Alexander said that, according to Treasury analysis, more than three million British jobs would be at risk if Britain left the European Union. This is what he said:“Indeed, the latest Treasury analysis shows that 3.3 million British jobs are connected to Britain’s place in Europe. Show More Summary

Latest employment stats suggest no new 'wave' of Bulgarian and Romanian migration

The ONS has today released its UK labour market statistics for the period April-June 2014, which include the latest estimates of the number of EU migrants in the workforce. These are the key points: In total, there were around 820,000...Show More Summary

German 'crackdown' on EU citizens’ access to benefits: what does it involve?

The issue of how to balance EU free movement and the rights of member states to control their welfare systems has been a long running issue, one which several countries (not only the UK) are struggling with. We've previously reported...Show More Summary

Italy slips again into recession: time for Renzi to re-focus his reform plans?

When Matteo Renzi was widely tipped to take over as Italian Prime Minister back in February, we wrote on this blog: Renzi may be able to muster wider parliamentary support than [his predecessor Enrico] Letta, but he would still be stuck...Show More Summary

Is Germany emerging as the biggest obstacle to a liberal EU-US trade deal?

If you read our press summary, you will have noticed that the debate around the US-EU free trade deal (TTIP) is really picking up in Germany with even the euro-critical AfD coming out against part of TTIP before the European elections.Of...Show More Summary

German public opinion hardens against Putin but business community still reluctant

An Infratest Dimap poll for Welt/ARD published today showed that 70% of Germans are in favour of the EU's response to the crisis, with 80% thinking that Russia bears the biggest responsibility for the break-down in relations betweenShow More Summary

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