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The Farage allowances episode is primarily sign of a fundamentally broken allowances system NEW
Open Europe blog 14 Hours, 51 Minutes ago
The Times today uses the news that Nigel Farage is to be investigated by the EU’s anti-fraud office OLAF, following a complaint from an ex-Ukip official that £60,000 of EU allowances paid into his personal bank account have gone &ldq...
Can the real Super Mario please stand up? NEW
Open Europe blog 18 Hours, 5 Minutes ago
Former Italian Prime Minister Mario Monti may be out of Italian politics, but it's fair to say he still likes to talk - especially when travelling abroad.In an interview with Belgian daily De Morgen and Dutch daily De Volkskrant, Monti seems to hint...
The EU stands united in the face of Russia - or does it? NEW
Open Europe blog 1 Day, 10 Hours, 13 Minutes ago
So, about Ukraine...Arriving in Luxembourg this morning to discuss events in Ukraine with his European counterparts, British Foreign Secretary William Hague called for a "clear and united" EU response to Russia's 'escalation' of the crisis. Hague add...
Why is the UK so bad at counting people who come and go? NEW
Open Europe blog 1 Day, 19 Hours, 4 Minutes ago
The ONS has now admitted that its figures for net migration into the UK were underestimated for the best part of a decade. For the period 2001-2012 it has said that 346,000 more people came to the UK than under its previous count. That the...
What’s wrong with Finland? Part 2 NEW
Open Europe blog 4 Days, 16 Hours, 6 Minutes ago
Since our last post on this issue things seem to have only got worse for Finland. The European Commission’s latest economic forecast (see table below, click to enlarge) made pretty dire reading with Finland expected to be one of the worst perfo...
Greece exits the wilderness and returns to the markets NEW
Open Europe blog 5 Days, 16 Hours, 51 Minutes ago
It has been labelled by some as the “amazing comeback”. Greece has this morning sold €3 billion of five-year bonds at an interest rate of 4.95% - and the demand exceeded €20 billion. To be fair, the turnaround in investor sentim...
Anglo-German partnership on EU reform could prove crucial at the negotiating table NEW
Open Europe blog 6 Days, 11 Hours, 32 Minutes ago
Die Welt's Economic Editor Tobias Kaiser has an opinion piece in today's paper entitled entitled “Stay with us, Brits”, in which he argues that:“Berlin needs London as a partner in the fight for fiscal reason [in the EU].”&nbs...
ECJ sets important legal precedent by striking down Data Retention Directive NEW
Open Europe blog 1 Week, 13 Hours, 25 Minutes ago
The European Court of Justice (ECJ) has this morning struck down the EU's Data Retention Directive by declaring it "invalid". The ECJ had been asked by the Irish High Court and the Austrian Constitutional Court to rule on whether the Directive compli...
Hungarian Commissioner says anti-immigration sentiment in Europe is a "non-issue" - days after a neo-fascist party gets 21% of the vote in Hungary NEW
Open Europe blog 1 Week, 16 Hours, 43 Minutes ago
A bigger threat to the EU than the UK's 'right to reside test'?The Barroso Commission's term is rapidly coming to an end and Viviane Reding and Laszlo Andor are neck and neck in a pulsating contest for who will claim the wooden spoon - the award for...
Has the ECB actually moved closer to QE? NEW
Open Europe blog 1 Week, 17 Hours, 22 Minutes ago
There has been a cacophony of comments from ECB members and ECB watchers over the past few days. However, the overriding view since ECB President Mario Draghi’s press conference last week is that the ECB has now moved a step closer to unconvent...
Hört auf die Briten (und Open Europe)! NEW
Open Europe blog 1 Week, 1 Day, 14 Hours, 35 Minutes ago
One of the constant frustrations at Open Europe is that the EU debate  is too often artificially framed between two camps: "in at any cost" and "out at any price." That media likes a good shouting match is nothing new, but the biggest victim fro...
MEPs miss an opportunity to do their job NEW
Open Europe blog 1 Week, 1 Day, 18 Hours, 10 Minutes ago
Last week, the European Parliament had the opportunity of doing what most other elected bodies in the free world consider a core task: making sure taxpayers' money is spent in a transparent, accountable and regular way.MEPs were asked to provide disc...
A new eurozone economic policy "made in France"? NEW
Open Europe blog 1 Week, 4 Days, 17 Hours, 8 Minutes ago
The appointment of Arnaud Montebourg - an outspoken critic of German and EU-mandated austerity and pro-competitivenesses policies - as the new French Economy Minister has not gone down well in Germany.In a feature piece headlined, "He insul...
Rutte shows Clegg how its done on EU reform NEW
Open Europe blog 1 Week, 5 Days, 10 Hours, 41 Minutes ago
It's good to hear a Dutch speaking liberal party leader forcefully expressing the case for EU reform. Sadly, as we noted earlier, it certainly wasn't Nick Clegg.   In fact it was the Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte, who once again today rea...
Second Clegg/Farage debate highlights that the EU status quo is indefensible NEW
Open Europe blog 1 Week, 5 Days, 16 Hours, 37 Minutes ago
The majority of the UK public was not represented at last night's debateThe second EU debate between Nick Clegg and Nigel Farage was an altogether more scrappy and bad-tempered affair with more personal attacks and fewer statbombs being thr...
Meet the new French cabinet NEW
Open Europe blog 1 Week, 6 Days, 17 Hours, 27 Minutes ago
The new French cabinet has just been unveiled (the picture comes from Le Figaro's website). A few ministers have been re-shuffled around, but actually there are only two new entries compared to the previous team: Ségolène Royal as Envir...
Article 50: a trump card or joker? NEW
Open Europe blog 2 Weeks, 17 Hours, 34 Minutes ago
We have today published the full report assessing the implications of our EU ‘wargame’ which simulated the negotiating dynamic under two scenarios: first, a UK-EU renegotiation from within and, second, under ‘Brexit’. As we&rs...
Le (premier) flic, c'est chic: Hollande picks Manuel Valls as new Prime Minister NEW
Open Europe blog 2 Weeks, 18 Hours, 24 Minutes ago
As expected, François Hollande yesterday named Interior Minister Manuel Valls, France's 'top cop' (premier flic, hence the title of this blog), as new Prime Minister. The composition of the new cabinet is expected to be announced tomorrow.For...
Expectations and pressure mount for ECB action NEW
Open Europe blog 2 Weeks, 1 Day, 13 Hours, 39 Minutes ago
This could easily be a standard monthly headline. As before the past four or five ECB meetings, the questions of deflation and further easing are once again weighing on the ECB Governing Council and the markets. Over the past month the market has com...
Hollande expected to announce cabinet reshuffle after local election 'punishment' NEW
Open Europe blog 2 Weeks, 1 Day, 14 Hours, 29 Minutes ago
If you want to get a sense of how badly the latest French local elections went for President François Hollande, have a look at today's front page of left-leaning French daily Libération: The headline means 'The punishment', and it...