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The SNP embraces EU reform - but is it trying to have it both ways on treaty change? NEW
Open Europe blog 25 Minutes ago
Ahead of next month's crucial Scottish independence referendum, the Scottish government has put out its own paper on EU reform, designed to position the SNP on the pro-reform as opposed to the status quo side of the debate. The report has generated v...
Volume vs Fairness: EU free movement debate hotting up in upper echelons of Tory party NEW
Open Europe blog 1 Day, 5 Hours, 11 Minutes ago
The Times yesterday noted that pressure among some senior Tories is building on David Cameron to prioritise the negotiation of 'curbs' on the free movement of persons. The word 'curb' is used often in this debate, but it is not always clear...
Fact check: Can we take Danny Alexander's "3 million jobs" threat seriously? NEW
Open Europe blog 5 Days, 4 Hours, 46 Minutes ago
In June, Liberal Democrat Chief Secretary to the Treasury Danny Alexander said that, according to Treasury analysis, more than three million British jobs would be at risk if Britain left the European Union. This is what he said:“Indeed, the lat...
Latest employment stats suggest no new 'wave' of Bulgarian and Romanian migration NEW
Open Europe blog 1 Week, 1 Hour, 46 Minutes ago
The ONS has today released its UK labour market statistics for the period April-June 2014, which include the latest estimates of the number of EU migrants in the workforce. These are the key points:In total, there were around 820,000 more people empl...
German 'crackdown' on EU citizens’ access to benefits: what does it involve? NEW
Open Europe blog 1 Week, 1 Day, 2 Hours, 9 Minutes ago
The issue of how to balance EU free movement and the rights of member states to control their welfare systems has been a long running issue, one which several countries (not only the UK) are struggling with. We've previously reported about how the in...
Italy slips again into recession: time for Renzi to re-focus his reform plans? NEW
Open Europe blog 1 Week, 1 Day, 22 Hours, 18 Minutes ago
When Matteo Renzi was widely tipped to take over as Italian Prime Minister back in February, we wrote on this blog:  Renzi may be able to muster wider parliamentary support than [his predecessor Enrico] Letta, but he would still be stuck with a...
Is Germany emerging as the biggest obstacle to a liberal EU-US trade deal? NEW
Open Europe blog 1 Week, 2 Days, 2 Hours, 45 Minutes ago
If you read our press summary, you will have noticed that the debate around the US-EU free trade deal (TTIP) is really picking up in Germany, with even the euro-critical AfD coming out against key elements of the deal ahead of the European elections.
German public opinion hardens against Putin but business community still reluctant NEW
Open Europe blog 1 Week, 4 Days, 23 Hours, 13 Minutes ago
An Infratest Dimap poll for Welt/ARD published today showed that 70%  of Germans are in favour of the EU's response to the crisis, with 80% thinking that Russia bears the biggest responsibility for the break-down in relations...
Boris is right to set out an ambitious EU reform agenda NEW
Open Europe blog 1 Week, 5 Days, 59 Minutes ago
As we noted in an earlier post, London Mayor Boris Johnson's intervention on the UK's future relationship with the EU set out a list of policy objectives that go well beyond what David Cameron has so far proposed. They noticeably set the bar higher f...
What will the impact of the Russian retaliatory sanctions be? NEW
Open Europe blog 1 Week, 5 Days, 19 Hours, 32 Minutes ago
Russia earlier unveiled the key plank of its retaliation against the ‘stage three’ EU sanctions confirmed last week. It has said that it will now ban all imports of fruit, veg, meat (including fish) and dairy products from the EU (as well...
Boris: EU reform the best option, but Brexit should not scare us NEW
Open Europe blog 2 Weeks, 1 Hour, 9 Minutes ago
Boris Johnson today outlined his response to the report by his economic advisor - and Open Europe board member - Dr Gerard Lyons on the future of the UK’s relations with the EU and how they impact on London. The report entitled 'a win-win situa...
It's official: the 2014 European elections saw the lowest turnout ever NEW
Open Europe blog 2 Weeks, 1 Day, 1 Hour, 30 Minutes ago
Remember how some tried to make a song and dance about the turnout in May's European elections having increased for the first time since direct voting was introduced in 1979. Having dropped from 62% in 1979 to 43% in 2009, the 2014 elections saw a st...
What will the impact of stage three sanctions be and how might Russia retaliate? NEW
Open Europe blog 2 Weeks, 2 Days, 2 Hours, 17 Minutes ago
Over the weekend we published a new flash analysis looking primarily at the impact of the financial sanctions on Russia and what action Russia could take in retaliation. The key points are below with some key graphs, while the full release is here.Ke...
Would a stand alone financial services commissioner be a curse or a blessing? NEW
Open Europe blog 2 Weeks, 2 Days, 3 Hours, 2 Minutes ago
There’s a bit of a debate going on at the moment over whether splitting up the internal market portfolio in the next European Commission is a good or bad thing for UK interests. The idea is to separate financial services from the wider internal...
Annus horribilis? 2017 could become the EU’s most challenging year to date NEW
Open Europe blog 2 Weeks, 5 Days, 1 Hour, 43 Minutes ago
We don’t want to be over-dramatic, but 2017 could shape up to be the toughest year for the EU in a very, very long time. Perhaps ever: If David Cameron gets re-elected, there will be an In/Out EU referendum in the UK in 2017 (though it could...
EU referendum to be held in 2016 or 2017...No, not that one! NEW
Open Europe blog 2 Weeks, 5 Days, 19 Hours, 14 Minutes ago
Swiss President Didier Burkhalter (see picture) has today announced that Swiss voters will be asked to vote on the future of their bilateral relationship with the EU "by the end of 2016 or the beginning of 2017."There have been long-running negotiati...
Renegotiation and referendum: history repeating? NEW
Open Europe blog 2 Weeks, 6 Days, 4 Hours, 1 Minute ago
The Foreign and Commonwealth Office has published a previously confidential account of the 1974-75 renegotiation of the UK's EU membership under Harold Wilson's Labour Government. That renegotiation largely resulted in only token concessions to...
Is David Cameron's latest immigration crackdown legal under EU law? NEW
Open Europe blog 3 Weeks, 21 Hours, 17 Minutes ago
David Cameron today announced another 'crackdown' on EU migrants, stating that from November, EU jobseekers "will only be able to claim Jobseeker's Allowance and other key welfare benefits for a maximum period of 3 months." This will halve&...
Banking Union challenged at the German Constitutional Court NEW
Open Europe blog 3 Weeks, 1 Day, 19 Hours, 53 Minutes ago
It emerged over the weekend that five German academics have launched another challenge at the Bundesverfassungsgericht – the German Constitutional Court (GCC) – this time against the proposals for a banking union based on the Single Super...
It's raining men in Brussels: Juncker Commission at risk of humiliating veto by MEPs over lack of gender balance NEW
Open Europe blog 3 Weeks, 1 Day, 20 Hours, 48 Minutes ago
We are now at the halfway point in terms of nominating the next Commission with 14 out of 28 member states having publicly announced their candidates. The line-up suggests we will have the most heavy-weight Commission to-date with no less than four f...