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EU options for 'Stage 3' sanctions on Russia highlight underlying confusion NEW
Open Europe blog 2 Hours, 47 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 Day, 23 Hours, 41 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 2 Days, 1 Hour, 52 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 3 Days, 2 Hours, 51 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 1 Week, 5 Hours, 36 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 1 Week, 21 Hours, 24 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 1 Week, 1 Day, 1 Hour, 4 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 1 Week, 1 Day, 2 Hours, 59 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 1 Week, 1 Day, 3 Hours, 29 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 1 Week, 1 Day, 22 Hours, 34 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 1 Week, 2 Days, 2 Hours, 51 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 1 Week, 2 Days, 5 Hours, 22 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...
Is Juncker saddling up to take on the EU's red tap dragon? NEW
Open Europe blog 1 Week, 2 Days, 21 Hours, 32 Minutes ago
In an interview with Bild am Sonntag, European Commission President-designate Jean-Claude Juncker argued that:“It is right that there are concerns [among EU citizens] that the EU is interfering in things that are not its concern… fo...
What sparked yesterday's renewed concerns around the eurozone? NEW
Open Europe blog 1 Week, 6 Days, 4 Hours, 9 Minutes ago
Over on his Forbes blog Open Europe's Raoul Ruparel provides a comprehensive analysis of the renewed concerns around European banks, centred around Banco Espirito Santo (BES), which saw stocks falling across Europe yesterday. The full post is here an...
Will the real Jean-Claude Juncker please stand up? NEW
Open Europe blog 1 Week, 6 Days, 23 Hours, 16 Minutes ago
This week, Jean-Claude Juncker conducted his tour of political groups in the European Parliament in a bid to get their support for him to succeed Barroso. On this occasion, German social democrat MEP Udo Bullmann stressed:"Mr. Juncker will have to pr...
Has the ECB backed German ‘reform contracts’ for the eurozone? NEW
Open Europe blog 2 Weeks, 3 Hours, 29 Minutes ago
In a speech in London yesterday, ECB President Mario Draghi issued a call for new eurozone rules on structural reform. He discussed it at length in the speech, but the ECB’s summary captures the key points:The governance of structural reforms d...
Why Cameron needs to make a swift decision on the UK's next EU Commissioner NEW
Open Europe blog 2 Weeks, 1 Day, 22 Hours, 41 Minutes ago
In a recent briefing, we stressed that David Cameron needs to pick a 'heavy-hitter' as UK's next European Commissioner if he wants to secure a key portfolio for the UK. Our point is reinforced by a quick look at the candidates being (more o...
Out of the euro but run by the euro? The UK & ECB prepare to lock horns at the ECJ in what could be the most important case yet... NEW
Open Europe blog 2 Weeks, 1 Day, 23 Hours, 23 Minutes ago
Could euro clearing be moved from the City to the eurozone?Tomorrow will see the first hearing of the next in the line of important UK cases at the European Court of Justice (ECJ). The case in question is the UK’s challenge against the ECB&rsqu...
Juncker: The next Economic and Monetary Affairs Commissioner will be a Socialist NEW
Open Europe blog 2 Weeks, 2 Days, 2 Hours, 25 Minutes ago
Pieces are falling into place with regard to the composition of the next European Commission. Jean-Claude Juncker, who is waiting to be confirmed as new Commission President by MEPs in a vote next Tuesday, has just said that the next EU Commissioner...
European Parliament committees: more secret ballots and backroom deals? NEW
Open Europe blog 2 Weeks, 6 Days, 26 Minutes ago
EU democracy at work?The European Parliament has announced the composition of its Committees, with MEP groups hard at work negotiating the final deals to see who will be Chair and Vice-Chair of the different bodies.These Committees vary in impor...