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Archived Since:April 21, 2008

Blog Post Archive

Will the real Jean-Claude Juncker please stand up?

This week, Jean-Claude Juncker conducted his tour of political groups in the European Parliament in a bid to get their support for him to succeed Barroso. On this occasion, German social democrat MEP Udo Bullmann stressed:"Mr. Juncker...Show More Summary

Has the ECB backed German ‘reform contracts’ for the eurozone?

In a speech in London yesterday, ECB President Mario Draghi issued a call for new eurozone rules on structural reform. He discusses it at length in the speech, but the ECB’s summary captures the key points:The governance of structural...Show More Summary

Why Cameron needs to make a swift decision on the UK's next EU Commissioner

In a recent briefing, we stressed that David Cameron needs to pick a 'heavy-hitter' as UK's next European Commissioner if he wants to secure a key portfolio for the UK. Our point is reinforced by a quick look at the candidates being (more or less officially) lined up by other EU member states. Show More Summary

Out of the euro but run by the euro? The UK & ECB prepare to lock horns at the ECJ in what could be the most important case yet...

Could euro clearing be moved from the City to the eurozone? Tomorrow will see the first hearing of the next in the line of important UK cases at the European Court of Justice (ECJ). The case in question is the UK’s challenge against the ECB’s location policy – and it could be the most important of all the cases. Show More Summary

Juncker: The next Economic and Monetary Affairs Commissioner will be a Socialist

Pieces are falling into place with regard to the composition of the next European Commission. Jean-Claude Juncker, who is waiting to be confirmed as new Commission President by MEPs in a vote next Tuesday, has just said that the next...Show More Summary

European Parliament committees: more secret ballots and backroom deals?

EU democracy at work? The European Parliament has announced the composition of its Committees, with MEP groups hard at work negotiating the final deals to see who will be Chair and Vice-Chair of the different bodies.These CommitteesShow More Summary

Flexibility and sloppy translations: Could the discussion on EU fiscal rules still endanger Juncker's election?

The Bundesbank attacks Renzi: "He tells us what to do". This is today's front page headline of Italian daily La Repubblica. According to Italian media, Bundesbank President Jens Weidmann yesterday had a go at Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi for telling everyone else in Europe what they have to do.Well, that's not quite what Weidmann said. Show More Summary

Ukraine update – Russian sanctions come to the fore again

We’ve been overdue an update on the situation in Ukraine. Over the past few weeks, as anyone following the news will have seen, the situation on the ground has remained very volatile. The attempted ceasefire was widely disregarded, leading to the Ukrainian government to launch a significant counterattack once it expired. Show More Summary

Which Commission post should the UK push for (clue: not energy)?

When it comes to EU top jobs, if you snooze you lose, as Gordon Brown discovered to his cost in 2009 In a new briefing published this morning we argue that after the row over Jean-Claude Juncker’s appointment, David Cameron can regain...Show More Summary

Renzi highlights Europe's 'UK problem'...or UK's 'Europe problem'

Speaking in the European Parliament, Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi has just outlined the priorities of Italy's rotating EU Presidency. It is no secret that Renzi would like to see a 'United States of Europe' - and today he made...Show More Summary

If Carlsberg did consolation prizes for 'losing' a 'Presidential' election...

Advocates of Pan-European Democracy, foremost among them the Socialist's 'Spitzenkandidat' Martin Schulz MEP wished to turn the recent European Elections into a quasi-'Presidential' election. The idea was that the 'winner' would be the 'lead candidate' from the leading political group. Show More Summary

Handelsblatt: Britain a key driver of EU Reform

Britain: The critical voice of reason? We've been monitoring how the British Europe debate is being received across the continent throughout the Juncker episode (here and here), and already noted how large parts of the German commentariat...Show More Summary

Sarkozy held in custody: A blow to his mooted comeback and a gift to Le Pen?

Nicolas Sarkozy has been detained for questioning by the French judicial police this morning, over allegations of influence-peddling (trafic d'influence). No formal charges have been brought so far, but prosecutors are investigatingShow More Summary

Would Cameron have been able to block Juncker if the Tories were members of the EPP?

But in the UK nobody could vote No major party in the UK backed Jean-Claude Juncker, or any other 'Spitzenkandidat'. It is therefore fair to say that the UK electorate had no influence over the course of what some describe as an 'election'.The...Show More Summary

Is Cameron the greatest pro-European of all EU heads of state and government?

As we've noted, the Juncker-hangover is already taking hold in parts of the German commentariat. In a hard-hitting piece, Lisa Nienhaus, the Economics Editor of Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung argues that the EU "needs more Cameron,...Show More Summary

After the row: is Germany bringing the flowers and chocolate?

The dust from last Friday's extraordinary EU summit - the first at which an EU leader was actively outvoted over the appointment of the European Commission President - is starting to settle. As strong emotions recede, pragmatism is coming...Show More Summary

Will there be a post-Juncker Brexit bounce?

The Mail on Sunday had the first poll (by Survation) following David Cameron’s summit defeat over Juncker’s appointment as European Commission President. The top line is that 47% of Britons want to leave the EU, with 39% in favour of staying in. Show More Summary

Italy claims victory over "looser" interpretation eurozone fiscal rules

It was bound to happen.The battle to make EU fiscal rules more 'flexible' was one of the key issues on the table at last week's European Council summit. Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi and French President François Hollande were seeking to make their support for Jean-Claude Juncker conditional on a de facto loosening of the rules. Show More Summary

Post-Juncker press conference round-up

We have been following the post-summit press conferences of EU leaders. Here is a round-up of the highlights, starting with German Chancellor Angela Merkel: MOST IMPORTANT POINTS FROM #MERKEL #EUCO PRESSER: (1/3) "Ever closer union"Show More Summary

The Juncker row: Were there any concessions to the UK and what happens next?

The UK suffered a major defeat this afternoon when it was outvoted over Juncker becoming the next president of the European Commission. However, this isn't the end of the road for reform – not even close – but it certainly has strengthened the risk of Britain leaving the EU. Show More Summary

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