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Time to reassess the EU’s environment and climate change policies NEW
Open Europe blog 14 Hours, 56 Minutes ago
EU leaders are meeting today in Brussels to discuss the EU’s 2030 energy, environment and climate change framework which will likely involve some new targets for emissions reduction. You can find our full thoughts on the original Commission pro...
Michael Wohlgemuth: Why the EU cannot bank on Germany’s economy NEW
Open Europe blog 20 Hours, 51 Minutes ago
Open Europe Berlin Director Michael Wohlgemuth has written an interesting piece for World Review, looking at the current status of the German economy. Here it is:The German economy is showing clear signs of weakening. GDP declined by 0.2 per cent in...
The Farage Paradox part II: Support for EU membership at highest level since 1991 NEW
Open Europe blog 1 Day, 14 Hours, 45 Minutes ago
Back in May, we pointed out the so-called 'Farage Paradox' - even as the party came first in the European elections in the UK and Farage himself was widely seen as having bested Nick Clegg in their TV debates, support for leaving the EU had fallen to...
Irony alert as Poles ride to UKIP's rescue in a classic Brussels stitch-up NEW
Open Europe blog 3 Days, 13 Hours, 10 Minutes ago
We reported only a few days ago that UKIP's EFDD group in the European Parliament collapsed after a Latvian MEP resigned, meaning the group no longer met the criteria of having MEPs from at least seven different EU member states. The news drew a lot...
Barroso lets his hair down - and British media loves it NEW
Open Europe blog 3 Days, 16 Hours, 39 Minutes ago
Would the UK have zero influence outside the EU? Outgoing European Commission President José Manuel Barroso is in London, and he has made a few interesting remarks about the Tories, Brexit, EU free movement and Grant Shapps. Wading into t...
Legal challenges could pose new problems for EU sanctions on Russia NEW
Open Europe blog 3 Days, 20 Hours, 34 Minutes ago
Arkady Rotenberg and Rosneft CEO Igor SechinWe’ve discussed the economic and political challenges which the sanctions on Russia have caused for the EU. So far the economic pain has been managed (though Germany has been hit quite hard), despite...
The EU Referendum Bill passes another hurdle - but time is running out NEW
Open Europe blog 6 Days, 12 Hours, 58 Minutes ago
EU Referendum Bill rises againThe Conservative party's attempt to force an EU Referendum in 2017 onto the statute book is back in the guise of Bob Neill's Private Member's Bill (remember James Wharton's bill was killed of by the Lords...
UK takes another blow over bankers' bonus cap NEW
Open Europe blog 6 Days, 21 Hours, 33 Minutes ago
EBA HQ in LondonThe European Banking Authority (EBA) yesterday released the results of its investigation into whether banks across Europe have been using ‘allowances’ to skirt the EU’s bankers’ bonus cap. This is obviously a h...
What are David Cameron's options on EU immigration? NEW
Open Europe blog 1 Week, 12 Hours, 13 Minutes ago
Following reports that David Cameron is considering a new announcement on how he would renegotiate EU free movement, potentially considering an "emergency brake", we have set out in a short briefing what his potential options are.Here are the key poi...
See you in Court: Should there be a referendum before the UK opts into the European Arrest Warrant? NEW
Open Europe blog 1 Week, 14 Hours, 52 Minutes ago
Could another Rees-Mogg Judicial Review lead to a referendum?Before 1 December, MPs will vote on whether to accept the Coalition's decision to opt back in to around 35 EU Crime and Policing laws and, for the first time, accept the jurisdiction of the...
'Grillage People' no more: European Parliament group of Farage and Grillo collapses NEW
Open Europe blog 1 Week, 17 Hours, 32 Minutes ago
Nigel Farage and Beppe Grillo (the 'Grillage People', as @Berlaymonster brilliantly renamed the duo) have just lost their group in the European Parliament.Latvian MEP Iveta Grigule left #EFDD group today. #EFDD no longer has members from at least 7 c...
Seven reasons we love Slovenia's new Commissioner nominee Violeta Bulc NEW
Open Europe blog 1 Week, 1 Day, 12 Hours, 46 Minutes ago
The first (and only) causality of the European Parliament hearings for Jean-Claude Juncker's new Commission so far, is Slovenia's Alenka Bratusek, who withdrew her candidacy for the post of Vice-President for Energy Union after a being effectively ve...
The Stoiber report: a milestone in the fight against EU red tape? NEW
Open Europe blog 1 Week, 2 Days, 12 Hours, 57 Minutes ago
Edmund Stoiber presents his reportToday saw the publication of the final report of the "High Level Group on Administrative Burdens", i.e. an EU taskforce charged with cutting red tape and easing its impact on businesses. The group - chaired by former...
Catalan government calls off independence referendum, but it's not the end of the story NEW
Open Europe blog 1 Week, 2 Days, 20 Hours, 45 Minutes ago
The Catalan government has called off the non-binding independence referendum planned for 9 November. It was really just a matter of time. Catalan President Artur Mas had repeatedly stressed that he wanted the consulta to be legal, so that the outcom...
Meet the new Belgian Finance Minister, an EU reform ally NEW
Open Europe blog 1 Week, 3 Days, 19 Hours, 23 Minutes ago
Good news for EU reform keeps coming from Belgium. After the publication of the new coalition agreement, which we've analysed here, it has today been announced that Johan Van Overtveldt will be the country's new Finance Minister. A former editor-i...
Between The Rock and a hard place: Spain threatens to shut UK out of EU crime databases NEW
Open Europe blog 1 Week, 6 Days, 17 Hours, 38 Minutes ago
The WSJ reports today that Spain is using its dispute with the UK over Gibraltar to hold up/block the UK's re-entry into a number of EU crime and policing laws. To recap, the UK has already decided to exercise its block opt-out of...
A new Belgian governemnt: Will Brussels control Brussels? NEW
Open Europe blog 1 Week, 6 Days, 19 Hours, 54 Minutes ago
N-VA leader Bart De Wever and new PM Charles MichelAfter less than five months, a relatively short period by local standards, a new federal Belgian government has been agreed.  In the light of our analysis in May, "Scenario 2" has materialised...
Slovenia fights back - but maybe it's a few months too late? NEW
Open Europe blog 2 Weeks, 11 Hours, 8 Minutes ago
Gone but not yet forgottenThe European Parliament and the political machines that dominate it were, according to many, not supposed to select the President of the European Commission - but they got their man. MEPs, led by Spitzenkandidaten Marti...
The UK's Lord Hill is approved as EU financial services Commissioner - What next? NEW
Open Europe blog 2 Weeks, 1 Day, 10 Hours, 27 Minutes ago
The final discussions and votes in the European Parliament's committees over the nominees for the new European Commission are currently taking place with most of the results already in.As expected, Lord Hill has been approved as new EU Commissioner f...
Hill likely to be approved but Bratusek down as Juncker Commission edges closer NEW
Open Europe blog 2 Weeks, 2 Days, 10 Hours, 42 Minutes ago
Hill's hearing was less of a duel than expectedFollowing another long day of hearings the make-up of the Juncker Commission is becoming clearer.The UK’s Commissioner-designate Lord Hill had his second hearing in front of the Economic and Moneta...