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UK looking down and out on banker’s bonus cap challenge NEW
Open Europe blog 3 Days, 20 Hours, 4 Minutes ago
It’s a bad start to what looks as if it could be a very challenging day for the UK government with UKIP looking likely to win the by-election in Rochester and Strood. This morning the European Court of Justice (ECJ) Advocate General Niilo Jaask...
How close did the Dutch come to ditching the euro? NEW
Open Europe blog 4 Days, 16 Hours, 19 Minutes ago
The Guilder - was it close to make a comeback? Yesterday, Dutch Finance Mininister Jan Kees de Jager, who was Finance Minister until November 2012, revealed something very interesting. Apparently, the Dutch government, together with the Ger...
Labour turns its attention to restricting EU migrants' access to in-work benefits NEW
Open Europe blog 5 Days, 11 Hours, 44 Minutes ago
Iain Duncan Smith's opposite number, Labour's Rachel Reeves, has written an interesting piece on EU migrants' access to welfare for the Mail Online, in which signals an important shift in Labour's policy.Last week we noted that IDS had set out that h...
As the Ukrainian ceasefire falters what next on sanctions? NEW
Open Europe blog 1 Week, 2 Days, 13 Hours, 28 Minutes ago
UK PM Cameron warns Russia of sanctions ahead of G20Over the past few days we have seen the situation in Ukraine begin to escalate once again. Both NATO and the Organisation of Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) have said that they have witne...
IDS sets out broad strokes of reforms to EU free movement NEW
Open Europe blog 1 Week, 3 Days, 15 Hours, 19 Minutes ago
The Telegraph has an interesting transcript of an Iain Duncan Smith interview with LBC Radio, which outlines the Government's current thinking on EU migration and which might signal the types of reforms that David Cameron is weighing up before d...
Juncker responds to Luxleaks tax scandal NEW
Open Europe blog 1 Week, 4 Days, 16 Hours, 14 Minutes ago
So Margrethe, about these Luxembourgian tax schemes...European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker has just made an impromptu appearance at the midday press briefing to make a statement and answer a few questions on the furore surrounding the le...
Has the Conservative party dropped its commitment to renegotiate ECJ jurisdiction over crime and policing? NEW
Open Europe blog 1 Week, 5 Days, 17 Hours, 23 Minutes ago
Has Conservative policy towards ECJ power over crime and policing changed?The chaos of yesterday's 'vote' or 'non vote' on the European Arrest Warrant has obscured a number of things. Not only have the 10 actual measures been waved through, with...
What are the implications of today's ECJ ruling on EU migrants' access to benefits? NEW
Open Europe blog 1 Week, 5 Days, 18 Hours, 29 Minutes ago
As we've said on many occasions, it is not only the UK that is having problems reconciling EU free movement with maintaining control over national welfare systems; Germany has recently tightened up its own domestic rules recently and the country also...
The UK government is desperate to strengthen the role of national Parliaments in Europe - but can't get its own house in order NEW
Open Europe blog 1 Week, 6 Days, 10 Hours, 44 Minutes ago
The Government - particularly the Tory wing of it - talks a very good game on the urgent need to strengthen the role of national parliaments in EU decision-making.The UK Government (rightly) wants to negotiate a "red card" for national parliaments fo...
Are MPs actually being given a vote on the European Arrest Warrant? NEW
Open Europe blog 1 Week, 6 Days, 18 Hours, 49 Minutes ago
Today it is widely reported that MPs will vote on the Government's plans to opt back into the European Arrest Warrant. In fact reading the Home Secretary in the Sunday Telegraph you would think that she believed that as well.However a close reading o...
Catalonia's symbolic independence referendum: What it means and why it can't be ignored NEW
Open Europe blog 1 Week, 6 Days, 20 Hours, 4 Minutes ago
Catalonia's symbolic independence referendum eventually went ahead yesterday. With 88.4% of votes counted, the Catalan government puts turnout at over two million people. Nearly 1.7 million of them (80.7%) voted in favour of Catalonia's independence...
The £1.7bn question (Part II) - What are other EU finance ministers saying? NEW
Open Europe blog 2 Weeks, 2 Days, 10 Hours, 49 Minutes ago
Here's a round-up of comments from other EU finance ministers about the UK's £1.7bn EU budget surcharge and the deal struck at today's meeting. This being EU budget negotiations, everyone is claiming either 'nothing to see here' or victory. Apa...
The £1.7bn question - who's right: Osborne, Farage or the European Commission? NEW
Open Europe blog 2 Weeks, 2 Days, 13 Hours, 44 Minutes ago
Below we give a blow by blow breakdown of what George Osborne did or did not secure at today’s EU finance ministers meeting. This basically comes down to the UK’s rebate and how it’s applied - and whether it was always going to appl...
Germany's Bundestag votes in favour of stricter benefits rules for EU migrants NEW
Open Europe blog 2 Weeks, 3 Days, 11 Hours, 3 Minutes ago
The German Bundestag today approved changes to the country’s Immigration Act which are meant to prevent the abuse of EU free movement. This is not yet a done deal as the Bundesrat - the German upper house - needs to approve the changes, and the...
On EU Crime and Policing the UK lost an opportunity to negotiate a new deal NEW
Open Europe blog 2 Weeks, 3 Days, 19 Hours, 8 Minutes ago
Open Europe's Christopher Howarth wrote the following article for the Telegraph. For more information as to the UK's crime and policing opt out please also see Open Europe's An Unavoidable ChoiceWhy is the European Arrest Warrant so controversial?MPs...
'Benefit tourism' is a red herring but welfare and low-income migration are inextricably linked NEW
Open Europe blog 2 Weeks, 4 Days, 11 Hours, 24 Minutes ago
Today’s UCL report on the fiscal impact of migration to the UK has understandably provoked a lot of interest. The top line findings are that:Between 1995 and 2011, migrants from EEA countries made a positive fiscal contribution over that period...
Court of Auditors highlights erros in EU spending again NEW
Open Europe blog 2 Weeks, 4 Days, 16 Hours, 54 Minutes ago
Each year the EU's Court of Auditors issues its opinion on the EU's spending and each year it is the same - "material errors" amounting to billions of euros probably misspent.First of all, let's get the usual caveats out of the way - the auditors hav...
The Podemos Express: What lies behind the extraordinary rise of Spain's new protest party? NEW
Open Europe blog 2 Weeks, 4 Days, 21 Hours, 19 Minutes ago
The extraordinary rise of Podemos, Spain's eight-month-old protest party, continues. A new Metroscopia poll for El País, released on Sunday, showed that the party would win a Spanish general election, if held today, with 27.7% of votes. T...
EU budget row: How much interest will the UK pay if it refuses to cough up? NEW
Open Europe blog 2 Weeks, 5 Days, 14 Hours, 3 Minutes ago
300% interest - in the EU it is legalAs most of you will know by now, the European Commission has asked the UK to pay an extra £1.7bn surcharge into this year's EU budget - before December 1. David Cameron has said he won't pay anything "near t...
Commission forecasts pain a less than optimistic picture for eurozone outlook NEW
Open Europe blog 2 Weeks, 5 Days, 17 Hours, 49 Minutes ago
The European Commission has this morning released its Autumn 2014 Economic forecasts. While these forecasts can often be quite mundane owing to the very managed message they are trying to send, this set look to be a bit different (see here for our ta...