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Blog Post Archive

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

Boris is right to set out an ambitious EU reform agenda

As we noted in an earlier post, London Mayor Boris Johnson's intervention on the UK's future relationship with the EU set out a list of policy objectives that go well beyond what David Cameron has so far proposed. They noticeably set...Show More Summary

What will the impact of the Russian retaliatory sanctions be?

Russia earlier unveiled the key plank of its retaliation against the ‘stage three’ EU sanctions confirmed last week. It has said that it will now ban all imports of fruit, veg, meat (including fish) and dairy products from the EU (as well as the US, Australia, Canada and Norway). Show More Summary

Boris: EU reform the best option, but Brexit should not scare us

Boris Johnson today outlined his response to the report by his economic advisor - and Open Europe board member - Dr Gerard Lyons on the future of the UK’s relations with the EU and how they impact on London. The report entitled 'a win-win...Show More Summary

It's official: the 2014 European elections saw the lowest turnout ever

Remember how some tried to make a song and dance about the turnout in May's European elections having increased for the first time since direct voting was introduced in 1979. Having dropped from 62% in 1979 to 43% in 2009, the 2014 elections saw a staggering increase of 0.09%, thus reversing the trend. Show More Summary

What will the impact of stage three sanctions be and how might Russia retaliate?

Over the weekend we published a new flash analysis looking primarily at the impact of the financial sanctions on Russia and what action Russia could take in retaliation. The key points are below with some key graphs, while the full release is here.Key pointsImpact on Europe: UK to bear the largest burden. Show More Summary

Would a stand alone financial services commissioner be a curse or a blessing?

There’s a bit of a debate going on at the moment over whether splitting up the internal market portfolio in the next European Commission is a good or bad thing for UK interests. The idea is to separate financial services from the wider...Show More Summary

Annus horribilis? 2017 could become the EU’s most challenging year to date

We don’t want to be over-dramatic, but 2017 could shape up to be the toughest year for the EU in a very, very long time. Perhaps ever: If David Cameron gets re-elected, there will be an In/Out EU referendum in the UK in 2017 (though it could perhaps be delayed). Show More Summary

EU referendum to be held in 2016 or 2017...No, not that one!

Swiss President Didier Burkhalter (see picture) has today announced that Swiss voters will be asked to vote on the future of their bilateral relationship with the EU "by the end of 2016 or the beginning of 2017."There have been long-running...Show More Summary

Renegotiation and referendum: history repeating?

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office has published a previously confidential account of the 1974-75 renegotiation of the UK's EU membership under Harold Wilson's Labour Government. That renegotiation largely resulted in only token concessions to Britain - greater imports of New Zealand butter being chief among them. Show More Summary

Is David Cameron's latest immigration crackdown legal under EU law?

David Cameron today announced another 'crackdown' on EU migrants, stating that from November, EU jobseekers "will only be able to claim Jobseeker's Allowance and other key welfare benefits for a maximum period of 3 months." This will halve the current period over which unemployed EU migrants can claim these benefits. Show More Summary

Banking Union challenged at the German Constitutional Court

It emerged over the weekend that five German academics have launched another challenge at the Bundesverfassungsgericht – the German Constitutional Court (GCC) – this time against the proposals for a banking union based on the SingleShow More Summary

It's raining men in Brussels: Juncker Commission at risk of humiliating veto by MEPs over lack of gender balance

We are now at the halfway point in terms of nominating the next Commission with 14 out of 28 member states having publicly announced their candidates. The line-up suggests we will have the most heavy-weight Commission to-date with no less than four former Prime Ministers; Andrus Ansip, Jyrki Katianen, Valdis Dombrovskis and Juncker himself. Show More Summary

FTSE 100 businesses give EU reform and renegotiation a big boost

Whenever EU reform and renegotiation are being debated, one of the most powerful claims made by the status-quo side is that it would generate uncertainty which would be bad for business. Well today's FT reports that according to a survey...Show More Summary

The EU's possible new sanctions on Russia: What 'burden sharing'?

As we noted in our previous blog on the potential 'Stage 3' of EU sanctions on Russia, the options considered by the European Commission and the EEAS seem heavily focused on financial markets, raising the question of whether London would...Show More Summary

EU options for 'Stage 3' sanctions on Russia highlight underlying confusion

As Greek daily To Vima and the FT have been reporting, there is a draft going around of the EU options paper on possible further sanctions on Russia that will be discussed at today’s meeting of EU ambassadors. The paper includes potential...Show More Summary

Balance of Competences round-up: Part II

Further to our previous post on the Government's Balance of Competences report on free movement, below we pick out some of the key points from the other reports published today:The report on the services stated that:“Incomplete and ineffective...Show More Summary

Government's Balance of EU Competences Review sets out need for reform - finally

Today, the UK Government has published the third batch of its reports reviewing the ‘Balance of Competences’ between the UK and the EU. We have noted before that many of the previous reports, whilst interesting on much of the detail,...Show More Summary

Will EU foreign ministers agree on what to do with Russia?

(l-r) The foreign ministers of Italy, Spain and France EU foreign ministers will meet tomorrow to discuss what to do with Russia in light of last week's MH17 plane crash, where almost 300 people lost their lives. The option of moving to tougher 'Stage 3' economic sanctions will be on the table. Show More Summary

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