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Annus horribilis? 2017 could become the EU’s most challenging year to date NEW
Open Europe blog 2 Hours, 54 Minutes ago
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...
EU referendum to be held in 2016 or 2017...No, not that one! NEW
Open Europe blog 20 Hours, 25 Minutes ago
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 negotiati...
Renegotiation and referendum: history repeating? NEW
Open Europe blog 1 Day, 5 Hours, 12 Minutes ago
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...
Is David Cameron's latest immigration crackdown legal under EU law? NEW
Open Europe blog 2 Days, 22 Hours, 28 Minutes ago
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&...
Banking Union challenged at the German Constitutional Court NEW
Open Europe blog 3 Days, 21 Hours, 4 Minutes ago
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 Single Super...
It's raining men in Brussels: Juncker Commission at risk of humiliating veto by MEPs over lack of gender balance NEW
Open Europe blog 3 Days, 21 Hours, 59 Minutes ago
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 f...
FTSE 100 businesses give EU reform and renegotiation a big boost NEW
Open Europe blog 4 Days, 1 Hour, 3 Minutes ago
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 of one in thr...
The EU's possible new sanctions on Russia: What 'burden sharing'? NEW
Open Europe blog 1 Week, 23 Hours, 39 Minutes ago
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 have to shou...
EU options for 'Stage 3' sanctions on Russia highlight underlying confusion NEW
Open Europe blog 1 Week, 1 Day, 1 Hour, 58 Minutes ago
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 optio...
Balance of Competences round-up: Part II NEW
Open Europe blog 1 Week, 2 Days, 22 Hours, 52 Minutes ago
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...
Government's Balance of EU Competences Review sets out need for reform - finally NEW
Open Europe blog 1 Week, 3 Days, 1 Hour, 3 Minutes ago
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, have...
Will EU foreign ministers agree on what to do with Russia? NEW
Open Europe blog 1 Week, 4 Days, 2 Hours, 2 Minutes ago
(l-r) The foreign ministers of Italy, Spain and FranceEU 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...
EU leaders fail to agree on the remaining top jobs. Anything to remember from yesterday's summit? NEW
Open Europe blog 2 Weeks, 1 Day, 4 Hours, 47 Minutes ago
Yesterday's European Council summit ended without an agreement on the remaining EU top jobs. However, something interesting still came out of the meeting.A socialist (and a woman?) for next EU foreign policy chiefEU leaders appear to have established...
Will Tusk take over from van Rompuy, and what would it mean for Cameron? NEW
Open Europe blog 2 Weeks, 1 Day, 20 Hours, 35 Minutes ago
Tusk and Merkel "discuss the World Cup" ahead of today's European Council summit (h/t Maciek Sokolowski)Yesterday, we reported that Italian Foreign Minister Federica Mogherini's bid to become the next EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs h...
Franco-German stand-off over eurozone fiscal rules reaches biblical proportions NEW
Open Europe blog 2 Weeks, 2 Days, 15 Minutes ago
In the past month there has been a lot of pushing and shoving over the eurozone's fiscal rules (see here). While renegotiating the Stability and Growth Pact seems off the table, French President François Hollande and Italian Prime Ministe...
Martin Schulz's revenge: Will the European Parliament block the UK's EU Commissioner? NEW
Open Europe blog 2 Weeks, 2 Days, 2 Hours, 10 Minutes ago
Martin Schulz – the ‘European Commission Presidential candidate’ who was re-selected President of the European Parliament after his socialist group in the EP became the runner-up - was made a persona non grata by Labour in the run-u...
Is the UK's new man in Brussels a dark horse? NEW
Open Europe blog 2 Weeks, 2 Days, 2 Hours, 40 Minutes ago
On his Telegraph blog, Open Europe Director Mats Persson looks at Lord Hill's nomination as the UK's next European Commissioner:This morning, Brussels watchers, virtually in unison, typed the following name into Google: Lord Hill. David Cameron&rsquo...
Are things heading towards a showdown on the new EU foreign policy chief? NEW
Open Europe blog 2 Weeks, 2 Days, 21 Hours, 45 Minutes ago
EU leaders will meet in Brussels tomorrow to get on with the assignment of the remaining top jobs. Priority will probably be given to the appointment of the EU's new foreign policy chief (aka High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Polic...
Who is Lord Hill? (The UK's new appointment to be the UK's EU Commissioner) NEW
Open Europe blog 2 Weeks, 3 Days, 2 Hours, 2 Minutes ago
Lord Hill: The best candidate Cameron could find?The most visited Wikipedia page from Brussels IP addresses today will be Lord Hill's - the UK's European Commissioner nominee. Lord Hill is currently the leader of the House of Lords.We have previously...
Is Hammond the most eurosceptic Tory Foreign Secretary to date? NEW
Open Europe blog 2 Weeks, 3 Days, 4 Hours, 33 Minutes ago
Hammond: Will he win back UKIP voters to the Conservatives?Following the surprise resignation of William Hague as Foreign Secretary last night and the appointment this morning of Philip Hammond as his replacement, the Conservatives' Europe policy is...