Blog Profile / Open Europe


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Archived Since:April 21, 2008

Blog Post Archive

French minister highlights that Treaty change is in the air

French Economy Minister Emmanuel Macron is speaking openly about changing the EU Treaties to achieve further Eurozone integration. This is good news for David Cameron's EU renegotiation push, as France has historically been wary of Treaty change - but the diverging timelines remain an issue. Show More Summary

The EU referendum campaign is likely to be defined by shades of grey and fine margins

The short campaign is still several months off but the contours of the EU referendum debate are beginning to take shape. With the economic argument far from clear cut, we could be in for an unpredictable contest. The post The EU referendum campaign is likely to be defined by shades of grey and fine margins appeared first on Open Europe.

The third Greek bailout and the challenge to national democracy (in Athens and beyond)

With the third Greek bailout officially under way, our policy analyst Vincenzo Scarpetta looks at how the debates and votes on the rescue package in a number of national parliaments have once again highlighted the underlying tension between Eurozone membership and national democracy. Show More Summary

What can the Eurozone offer to get the IMF on board with the third Greek bailout?

This is the question many politicians across Europe will be asking themselves as they give the final seal of approval to the third Greek bailout this week. How much debt relief will be needed to get the IMF involved in the bailout? What...Show More Summary

Third Greek Bailout likely to overcome national hurdles

Following Eurozone finance ministers approval of the third Greek bailout on Friday it is now down to final national approval. In some countries this means tricky parliamentary votes, including in Germany and the Netherlands. Open Europe’s Raoul Ruparel investigates how the votes might go and what the fallout could be. Show More Summary

When it comes to foreign affairs EU institutions cannot replace national policies

Following former Polish Foreign Minister Rados?aw Sikorski's calls for EU member states to "empower" the EU to conduct more effective foreign policy on their behalf, Open Europe's Pawel Swidlicki argues the problem lies not with weak EU institutions, but with competing national foreign policies which cannot be easily overridden. Show More Summary

Appeal of ending ever closer union stretches well beyond the UK

Recent opinion polling has highlighted that there is a huge divergence of views across the EU with regards to ‘ever closer union’ but on balance there is little support for it. This could help with the UK’s EU reform push, though highlights some potential complications for the Eurozone. Show More Summary

Greece reaches technical agreement with creditors

After all night talks Greece looks to have reached an initial technical agreement with its creditors over the content of the third bailout package. Attention now turns to squeezing the tricky political agreement into the next week. The post Greece reaches technical agreement with creditors appeared first on Open Europe.

Political environment not clear cut in Ireland despite economic recovery

It has been widely noted recently that the Irish economy is recovering strongly posting the highest growth levels in the EU. However, with an election looming in early 2016, the political environment is not as clear cut as might be expected and is beginning to reflect uncertainties in other parts of Europe. Show More Summary

Mixed week for EU free trade shows need for reform

A mixed week for the EU on trade highlights the need for the EU and the UK to think more creatively about how to maximise the EU's added value in this crucial area. The post Mixed week for EU free trade shows need for reform appeared first on Open Europe.

Would Brexit leave the UK better placed to tackle the Calais crisis?

With the Calais crisis likely to dominate the headlines throughout the summer, Open Europe's Pawel Swidlicki examines whether arguments that the EU is principally at fault have any merit. The post Would Brexit leave the UK better placed to tackle the Calais crisis? appeared first on Open Europe.

A second bridge loan for Greece on the horizon

With little clear progression in the negotiations between Greece and its creditors it is looking increasingly likely that a second bridge loan could be needed. The post A second bridge loan for Greece on the horizon appeared first on Open Europe.

How could the third Greek bailout change without the IMF?

The IMF has pulled further back from joining the third Greek bailout. How much difference might this make to the funding and nature of the bailout? Could it jeopardise it entirely? Open Europe’s Raoul Ruparel investigates. The post How could the third Greek bailout change without the IMF? appeared first on Open Europe.

German Finance Minister comes to the table with his own EU reform plans and looks for UK support

Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung reported overnight on an interesting development with German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schäuble said to be proposing significant restructuring of the European Commission and seeking to tie the changes in with the UK’s EU reform programme. Show More Summary

French farmers’ protest illustrates their declining competitiveness

Following the French blockade of German and Spanish lorries to stop foreign food products entering the country, Stephen Booth argues that French farmers should be asking themselves why French agriculture has singularly failed to respond to new competition following EU enlargement to the East in 2004 and 2007. Show More Summary

Is EU membership crucial to the success of UK universities?

With the launch of Universities UK's new pro-EU campaign, Open Europe's Pawel Swidlicki looks at whether EU membership really is crucial to the success of UK universities, and a boon for science and innovation in the UK more broadly. The post Is EU membership crucial to the success of UK universities? appeared first on Open Europe.

The UK has a vital role to play in shaping the future of Europe. Now is not the time to turn our backs.

In a guest piece published by Open Europe, businessman Ian Baxter, the Chairman and Founder of Baxter Freight, writes that Britain has a unique opportunity to change the direction of the EU, making it work better for both Britain and its other member states. Show More Summary

How could a Corbyn victory impact on Labour’s EU stance?

With Jeremy Corbyn having unexpectedly emerged as a serious contender in the Labour leadership race, Open Europe's Pawel Swidlicki looks at how a potential Corbyn victory might impact on the party's EU policies and its positioning in the referendum campaign. The post How could a Corbyn victory impact on Labour’s EU stance? appeared first on Open Europe.

Podemos: Down but not out

Following the Greek bailout deal, attention has quickly moved to Spain – where anti-establishment party Podemos is on a declining trend in opinion polls and appears to have been hit the hardest by SYRIZA’s capitulation in the negotiations between Greece and its Eurozone partners. Show More Summary

Could there be political contagion from Greece?

As the dust settles following the latest agreement between Greece and its creditors it is worth stepping back and examining what it, along with Syriza’s time in office so far, might mean for other peripheral countries and other rising populist parties in Europe. Show More Summary

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