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Malmström impresses in her hearing, but is she on the same page as Juncker on TTIP? NEW
Open Europe blog 1 Day, 15 Hours, 43 Minutes ago
Cecilia Malmström during her hearing todayThe European Parliament kicked off its hearings of Commission nominees today, with most of the attention focused on Sweden's Cecilia Malmström, the current Home Affairs Commissioner who has bee...
Catalan President calls non-binding independence vote: legal battle with Madrid looms NEW
Open Europe blog 3 Days, 22 Hours, 3 Minutes ago
The signature of Catalan President Mas on today's decreeThe die is cast in Barcelona. Catalan President Artur Mas has just signed the decree calling an independence vote on 9 November. The Spanish government will hold an emergency cabinet meeting on...
European Parliament hearings of Commission nominees: Will MEPs claim any notable scalps? NEW
Open Europe blog 4 Days, 16 Hours, 22 Minutes ago
Will Juncker's Commission survive unscathed? (picture via @Gruene_Europa)On Monday we will see the first hearings of European Commission nominees by the European Parliament committees responsible for their respective policy areas (full calendar ...
Have the SPD and German unions endorsed TTIP? Not quite... NEW
Open Europe blog 6 Days, 16 Hours, 10 Minutes ago
While the Labour Party's conference dominated the coverage in the UK over the past few days, its German sister party, the SPD, held its own 'mini' conference over the weekend. Opposition to TTIP - the EU-US free trade deal currently being negotiated...
Miliband vague on most EU issues but categorical on energy NEW
Open Europe blog 1 Week, 15 Hours, 4 Minutes ago
Labour leader Ed Miliband addressed his party conference in Manchester this afternoon. While the focus was on ‘togetherness’, the NHS and his various encounters with members of the public with useful bits for his speech, there were a...
Yesterday Scotland, tomorrow the EU? Are there lessons for the 'In' and 'Out' camps? NEW
Open Europe blog 1 Week, 1 Day, 16 Hours, 51 Minutes ago
Staying or leaving?If David Cameron wins the May election he has promised an In/Out EU referendum by 2017. Even if he does not it is still probable there will be one at some point. National referendums are rare in the UK so with the Scottish vote we...
Once the dust from Scotland's 'No' settles, what are the implications for the UK's EU renegotiation? NEW
Open Europe blog 1 Week, 4 Days, 16 Hours, 20 Minutes ago
Act in haste - repent at leisure?The big question over Scottish independence may have been settled but the campaign has thrown up a whole host of further questions concerning the UK's constitutional settlement that will need to be addressed in the ne...
Scotland votes, Catalonia waits: Will there soon be another independence referendum in Europe? NEW
Open Europe blog 1 Week, 5 Days, 17 Hours, 50 Minutes ago
FC Barcelona supporters waving the Scottish flagThe world is watching Scotland today, and the Catalans will watch closer than most.Spanish news sites are featuring pictures of FC Barcelona supporters waving Scottish flags during their team's Champion...
Confidence vote won, absolute majority lost: not the best start for the new French government NEW
Open Europe blog 2 Weeks, 20 Minutes ago
The new French government, led by Prime Minister Manuel Valls, yesterday won its first vote of confidence in the National Assembly. That was expected, but the big news is that Valls and his government have fallen well short of winning an absolute maj...
German fingerprints on Juncker's Digital Agenda? NEW
Open Europe blog 2 Weeks, 20 Hours, 17 Minutes ago
The 'digital agenda' was a key plank of Jean-Claude Juncker's 'campaign' to become European Commission President and will be one of the top priorities for the next five years. Indeed, his new look Commission has its own dedicated 'digital single mark...
The AfD bangwagon rolls on - what are the implications? NEW
Open Europe blog 2 Weeks, 1 Day, 18 Hours, 32 Minutes ago
Germany's anti-euro AfD party has hit a rich vein of electoral form building on its success in Saxony two weeks ago (where it scored 9.7% and won its first seats in one of Germany's 16 regional parliaments) to win 12.2% in Brandenburg and 10.6% in Th...
The Swedish election results may be net neutral for Cameron’s EU renegotiation plans NEW
Open Europe blog 2 Weeks, 1 Day, 22 Hours, 17 Minutes ago
The Swedish election results were a mess. The Social Democrats and two other opposition parties, the Greens and Left, garnered 43.7% of the vote, against 39.1% for the sitting centre-right Coalition. The anti-immigration Sweden Democrats won 13% of t...
What impact could this round of Russian retaliatory sanctions have on Europe? NEW
Open Europe blog 2 Weeks, 4 Days, 18 Hours, 21 Minutes ago
In our continuing effort to bring increased transparency to the murky issue of sanctions we’ve compiled some initial thoughts on the likely Russian retaliatory response to the EU’s latest sanctions – published in full here and which...
What to expect from the Commission's new economics team NEW
Open Europe blog 2 Weeks, 5 Days, 20 Hours, 9 Minutes ago
Will France's Moscovici (left) be effectively shackled by Finland's Katainen (centre) and Latvia's Dombrovskis (right)?The new European Commission (EC) also sees the overhaul of its approach to the Eurozone. While Pierre Moscovici holds the Econ...
Lord Hill is the EU's new financial services Commissioner - but what is his remit and who does he report to? NEW
Open Europe blog 2 Weeks, 6 Days, 15 Hours, 50 Minutes ago
With the future of the UK seemingly hanging by a thread it is understandable that events north of the border are dominating attention, but today's announcement of the new European Commission also has far-reaching consequences for the future of the UK...
Braveheart: Aspiration or reality? Alex Salmond claims Scotland could join the EU in 18 months NEW
Open Europe blog 3 Weeks, 18 Hours, 5 Minutes ago
Aspiration or reality?Alex Salmond has today claimed that an independent Scotland's (iScotland) EU membership terms could "be finalised in 18 months" i.e by March 2016. There is an obvious political reason for wishing to play down the disruption caus...
#EUpriorities: Ensure the EU steers clear of decisions better taken nationally NEW
Open Europe blog 3 Weeks, 19 Hours, 40 Minutes ago
As promised, here is the first of the cartoons accompanying our reform mandate for the new European Commission:We believe that the EU must do more than merely pay lip service to the principle of subsidiarity, i.e. that the EU should not med...
EU divisions delay sanctions on Russia, likely to focus on Rosneft NEW
Open Europe blog 3 Weeks, 23 Hours, 4 Minutes ago
The EU last night finally reached an agreement on the latest round of sanctions on Russia, although the members agreed to delay implementation for a "few days" to allow time for the ceasefire to take hold and to reconsider the sanctions on the basis...
Attention new European Commission! This is how to save £200bn, kick-start growth and re-connect the EU with voters NEW
Open Europe blog 3 Weeks, 1 Day, 18 Hours, 20 Minutes ago
This morning, Open Europe published a 'mandate' for the new European Commission - in short a series of proposals setting out what the Commission should - and shouldn't - be doing over its five year term of office. Our mandate idea was inspired by the...
ECB surprises markets with interest rate cut and purchases of private assets: Round-up of reactions from around Europe NEW
Open Europe blog 3 Weeks, 4 Days, 20 Hours, 21 Minutes ago
As we predicted might happen, the ECB surprised markets yesterday with the announcement of an interest rate cut and the purchases of private assets.Open Europe’s Raoul Ruparel has a full analysis on his Forbes blog, where he concludes:“In...