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The two-lane Europe fallacy NEW
Opening Europe 3 Years, 9 Months, 1 Week, 5 Days, 3 Hours, 21 Minutes ago
Assumptions in the British media are funny sometimes (though other countries’ suffer from this too) – not least amongst those who claim to occupy the intellectual high-ground on the European Union. Consider this quote from the Guardian, f...
Will Greece lightening strike twice? NEW
Opening Europe 3 Years, 9 Months, 2 Weeks, 4 Days, 23 Hours, 38 Minutes ago
This week saw a drop in the borrowing costs for Ireland, Spain, Portugal and even Greece, as markets apparently took heart in rumours that EU leaders will soon strengthen the main bail-out fund, the EFSF, to back up eurozone countries in trouble. A G...
Earth to the Commission… NEW
Opening Europe 3 Years, 10 Months, 4 Days, 17 Hours, 36 Minutes ago
Back in October Open Europe estimated, based on leaked reports from a couple of European governments, that the EU’s mismanaged Galileo project – aimed at creating a global satellite navigation system – was way over budget (and possibly...
Should the eurozone allow for orderly defaults? NEW
Opening Europe 4 Years, 1 Month, 3 Weeks, 4 Days, 12 Hours, 38 Minutes ago
A  letter in yesterday’s FT by Annerose Tashiro of law firm Schultze & Braun in Frankfurt, argued that the eurozone should consider adapting a restructuring plan akin to the US bankruptcy code – the so-called Chapter 9 – which...
A lunch as bitter as bile NEW
Opening Europe 4 Years, 2 Months, 2 Days, 19 Hours, 22 Minutes ago
It has been called “a violent clash”, “a virile confrontation”, “a furious row”. But today’s Le Monde finally sheds some light on what Sarkozy and Barroso really said to each other during that infamous squabb...
An exceptionally poor attempt at spinning unfavourable poll results NEW
Opening Europe 4 Years, 2 Months, 4 Weeks, 2 Hours, 43 Minutes ago
The European Commission yesterday announced the results from the latest Eurobarometer poll – carried out in May during the height of the crisis – with a press release carrying the headline, “EU citizens favour stronger European econ...
Ignorance, what else? NEW
Opening Europe 4 Years, 3 Months, 3 Weeks, 12 Hours, 26 Minutes ago
A recent Eurobarometer poll has found that the majority of Spaniards, a sizeable 54 percent, believe that “without the euro, with the peseta, we would have been able to confront the economic crisis”. Somewhat surprisingly, perhaps, this is higher...
What made Europe great? NEW
Opening Europe 4 Years, 4 Months, 3 Weeks, 4 Days, 1 Hour, 17 Minutes ago
Open Europe hosted a debate in Brussels last week, looking at the future of the EU in the wake of the eurozone crisis. “Superstate or disintegration?” was the deliberately polemic question to be answered. The ever-eloquent Dan Hannan, a UK Conser...
The EU summit: nothing to see or silent revolution? NEW
Opening Europe 4 Years, 5 Months, 6 Days, 12 Hours, 2 Minutes ago
After a semester of emergency summits, this Thursday the EU aspired to hold the most boring European Council possible: discussing no member States’ bankruptcies, agreeing no multi-billion bailouts, ending talks at 6 pm – not at 6 am of th...
Frosty NEW
Opening Europe 4 Years, 5 Months, 3 Weeks, 6 Days, 13 Hours, 26 Minutes ago
The Franco-German axis, which for so long has defined the European Union, has taken some serious hits lately. Following the trauma of the eurozone crisis, the relationship between the two countries is heading towards a historic post-war low – t...
The AIFM Directive: what are they thinking? NEW
Opening Europe 4 Years, 6 Months, 1 Week, 1 Day, 5 Hours, 23 Minutes ago
Things aren’t looking great for the AIFM Directive – the draft law which would impose a range of strict rules on hedge funds, private equity firms, investment trusts and others. At least not from the point of view of developing countries,...
They Said It Wouldn’t Happen NEW
Opening Europe 4 Years, 6 Months, 1 Week, 1 Day, 7 Hours, 30 Minutes ago
What was inconceivable only a couple of months ago has now happened: EU leaders have agreed a massive €500 billion bailout package for eurozone countries facing sovereign debt problems – on top of the €110 billion already committed in a separa...