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Gas talks stall as Russia pushes for EU guarantees on Ukrainian gas payments NEW
Open Europe blog 22 Minutes ago
Update 11.50 30/10/14:Reuters is reporting that an EU spokesperson has said a deal is "very close" and talks will continue today, as we note below. As we also say below, a deal is still doable and likely, the question remains whether any form of EU p...
France and Italy get preliminary approval of their budgets, but it's not the end of the story NEW
Open Europe blog 1 Day, 1 Hour, 22 Minutes ago
The European Commission has given France and Italy a preliminary nod through on their draft budgets for 2015. In a statement released yesterday evening, Commission Vice-President Jyrki Katainen said:"After taking into account all of the further infor...
Britain's £1.7bn budget bill: Who is to blame and what happens next? NEW
Open Europe blog 2 Days, 1 Hour, 47 Minutes ago
Cameron has promised to invoke the spirit of Thatcher over the EU budgetAs EU leaders were agreeing the final details of the EU's new energy and climate change policies on Thursday evening, the FT's Alex Barker dropped the bombshell that the UK had b...
No Podemos parar: Spain's six-month old protest party comes second in new opinion poll NEW
Open Europe blog 2 Days, 20 Hours, 42 Minutes ago
On this blog, we have been tracking Podemos, Spain's six-month old anti-establishment party, since its very first success in the European Parliament elections in May - when the party came from nowhere to secure five MEPs (see here and here). The rise...
EU budget surcharge: how much support does the UK have around Europe? NEW
Open Europe blog 3 Days, 32 Minutes ago
David Cameron has taken a very tough position on the EU budget surcharge, claiming that he "won't pay" the £1.7bn the Commission has demanded from the UK by December 1 after concluding the UK had been underpaying into the budget relative to the...
EU and Tory madness – but what has changed? NEW
Open Europe blog 3 Days, 1 Hour, 22 Minutes ago
In Britain, “Europe” as a political issue has pretty much gone mad over the last few weeks. So in terms of substance, where are we?Free movement: When asked about reports in UK media that David Cameron is considering proposing quotas for...
Commission silent as foundation for increased EU budget contributions remains unclear NEW
Open Europe blog 5 Days, 20 Hours, 57 Minutes ago
Currently, there is still no clear explanation for where the demand for increased contributions to the EU budget came from or exactly how it was calculated - see our comprehensive analysis here. While the Dutch and the Brits are both concerned about...
Why is the UK being asked to pay in more to the EU budget and what can it do about it? NEW
Open Europe blog 6 Days, 1 Hour, 57 Minutes ago
There are a number of headlines today around the EU’s request for a further €2.1bn from the UK in terms of its contribution to the EU’s budget. Below we breakdown exactly how and why this has happened and what options the UK has now.
Time to reassess the EU’s environment and climate change policies NEW
Open Europe blog 6 Days, 20 Hours, 7 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 1 Week, 2 Hours, 2 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 Week, 19 Hours, 56 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 1 Week, 2 Days, 18 Hours, 21 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 1 Week, 2 Days, 21 Hours, 50 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 1 Week, 3 Days, 1 Hour, 45 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 1 Week, 5 Days, 18 Hours, 9 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 1 Week, 6 Days, 2 Hours, 44 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, 6 Days, 17 Hours, 24 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, 6 Days, 20 Hours, 3 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, 6 Days, 22 Hours, 43 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 2 Weeks, 17 Hours, 57 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...