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Filed Under:News / International Affairs
Posts on Regator:2307
Posts / Week:7
Archived Since:April 21, 2008

Blog Post Archive

"Something is rotten in Europe" - European election reaction round-up

As the dust settles following the European elections, we are now beginning to see some interesting analysis and commentary from across the EU. Here is our round-up. Despite the relative success of the established parties in Germany,Show More Summary

Heads begin to roll in aftermath of European election shock

As might be expected after some shocking showings in the European Parliament (EP) elections, the heads have begun to roll – and rightly so, some would say.The most high profile resignation so far is that of the Spanish opposition Socialist...Show More Summary

Meet Podemos, the great newcomer of the European elections

The European Parliament elections have dealt a blow to Spain's traditional two-party system. Together, Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy's Partido Popular (PP) and the opposition Socialist Party (PSOE) won 49% of votes. In 2009, their combined score was 80.9%. Show More Summary

Anti-system MEPs surge in the European Parliament: how will EU leaders respond?

Open Europe has today responded to the preliminary 2014 European Parliament elections results. Please note that these figures are based on a combination of final results and some projections so could still be subject to change. However, we do not consider any substantial swings likely. Show More Summary

#EP2014 - early impressions

The exit polls are now starting to roll in and there are already some interesting stories emerging.Turnout looks on course to be simlar to 2009. The estmiate for 2014 is 43.11% versus 43% in 2009. In Germany, turnout has increased from 43% to 48%. Show More Summary

Belgium's general election: Will we see another 541 days without a government?

This Sunday, on the same day as the European Parliament elections, Belgium will hold a general election, electing both new federal and regional assemblies to govern 11 million people. The key question is how strong the Flemish nationalist N-VA, which is already the biggest political party, will perform this time around. Show More Summary

Dutch reformers hold ground as Wilders falters

We've already blogged about the Dutch #EP2014 exit poll but we thought we'd also break down the projected result according to the classifications we used in our recent briefing which forecast the composition of the new parliament. Rather...Show More Summary

What does Wilders' defeat in Dutch euro elections mean?

For various reasons that we don’t quite understand, most of the UK press has deemed it illegal to report on the exit polls from yesterday’s European elections in the Netherlands - with the exception of the Telegraph. The NetherlandsShow More Summary

Hey Herr Schulz - what happened to pan-European democracy?

This is really odd - and painfully revealing.In today's Bild - Germany's and Europe's biggest tabloid, which is up there with UK tabloids on the hit list of Brussels spokespeople (Bild once urged the Greeks to sell their islands) - the...Show More Summary

EU migration closes gap on non-EU migration into UK

The ONS has this morning published another set of updated migration figures. As always they make interesting reading with respect to EU migration - many eyes are on the figures for Romanians and Bulgarians in particular. As the graph above shows, net immigration from the EU increased from 82,000 in 2012 to 124,000 in 2013. Show More Summary

Sarko drops a bomb: At least half of EU powers should return to member states

Three days ahead of the European Parliament elections in France, former French President Nicolas Sarkozy has written a bombshell piece on Europe for French weekly Le Point and German daily Die Welt - calling for "at least half" of current...Show More Summary

Does Russia’s gas deal with China change things for the EU?

News just out is that Russia and China have finally signed a gas deal, the negotiations of which have been going-on for a decade. (As the picture above, taken from a Gazprom investor presentation showed, this is something Gazprom has been targeting). Show More Summary

Dutch PM Rutte talking a lot of sense

Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte talks a lot of sense in this interview with Dutch news site Nu.n l - and sets the scene for the inevitable bust-up with the European Parliament over the appointment of the next European Commission President. Show More Summary

What happens next after the European elections? Get ready for a royal punch-up...

With the European elections taking place on Thursday through to Sunday this week, it is worth considering what happens next. The proposed Spitzenkandidaten or European Parliamentary families’ candidates for European Commission President is set to make the post-election horse-trading and politicking more fraught than usual. Show More Summary

Spanish banks' bad loans look set to weigh on the economy for some time

The Bank of Spain released its latest data on the level of bad loans held by Spanish banks today. For the first time since January 2013, the value of bad loans has dropped - falling from €195.2bn in Feb to €192.8bn in March. However, it has stayed roughly constant as a percentage of total loans (13.4%). Show More Summary

Labour finally wake up to the fact there is a European election next week

Do Ed Balls and Ed Miliband see eye-to-eye on the EU? Anyone following Labour's election campaign up until now would be forgiven for thinking the party was fighting a general election as opposed to a European one - any references to Europe were hard to come by. Show More Summary

The Farage Paradox: UKIP on the rise but so is public support for EU membership

Poll watchers in the last few years would have seen many polls showing a majority of Brits would vote 'out' in a referendum of the UK's membership of the EU. In the last few months this trend has been slowly reversing, and a new Ipsos-MORI...Show More Summary

The gates are open but so far no flood

Official data from Office of National Statistics published this morning shows that the number of workers from Bulgaria and Romania have dropped from 144,000 to 140,000 since transitional controls were lifted for workers from the two countries on 1 January 2014. Show More Summary

The European Parliament - a failed experiment in pan-European democracy?

In a new report published this morning we assess the track record of the European parliament and conclude that it has failed as an institution on a number of fronts. Although many individual MEPs work hard and conscientiously for their constituents, the European Parliament as a whole has failed to gain popular democratic legitimacy. Show More Summary

Have borrowing costs in the eurozone periphery come down too far, too fast?

Over on his Forbes blog, Open Europe’s Raoul Ruparel asks: is there a bond bubble in peripheral Europe? The thurst of his answer is that, while there are good explanations for why costs have come down so far and so fast, they could certaintly have side effects, not least because people misinterpret the reasons for the move. Show More Summary

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