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What impact will Cameron’s EU free movement changes actually have on the ground? NEW
Open Europe blog 8 Hours, 22 Minutes ago
We’ve laid it out in our response today, but in an attempt to elucidate things we’ll go into a bit more detail in this post. In addition to the general 'fairness' discussion - making sure that there's a link between what people put in and...
Cameron's speech: The response (so far) from around Europe NEW
Open Europe blog 12 Hours, 2 Minutes ago
The big speech has been delivered - you can read our response here, but below we round up the reactions from around Europe - remember, the changes Cameron set out today based on Open Europe's research will require agreement from other EU leaders.Euro...
Why Cameron should stay clear of an 'emergency brake' on EU free movement NEW
Open Europe blog 1 Day, 8 Hours, 52 Minutes ago
David Cameron's 'immigration speech' is expected to take place very soon.As we have noted several times, one of the options that he potentially could go for is an "emergency brake" - the ability to impose temporary restrictions on the number of EU mi...
Will the new migration figures force the Tories to go one step further on free movement? NEW
Open Europe blog 1 Day, 15 Hours, 32 Minutes ago
Where do migrants to the UK come from the EU or non EU?David Cameron's hopes of getting back on the front foot on migration have been dealt a blow this morning - ONS figures show that immigration is up, and specifically immigration from the EU is up...
Juncker's investment plan gets cool reception NEW
Open Europe blog 2 Days, 10 Hours, 42 Minutes ago
This is the name which has been given to the long touted €315bn investment fund which European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker has put front and centre of his programme to deliver jobs and growth. The key points of the proposal (EC pres...
Cross-party consensus developing in favour of OE's proposals for free movement reforms NEW
Open Europe blog 2 Days, 15 Hours, 22 Minutes ago
Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg has today said he wants EU migrants to be blocked from accessing the new Universal Credit – which includes income-based jobseeker’s allowance, employment and support allowance, income support, child tax cr...
Owen Paterson: Has he called for EU exit or #EUReform? NEW
Open Europe blog 4 Days, 10 Hours, 47 Minutes ago
BBC reports is is #BrexitFormer Cabinet Minister Owen Paterson has just made a hard hitting speech on the UK’s relationship with the EU. He made a familiar case that the EU is as much a political union as an economic one. He concluded that the...
Open Europe report on reforming EU free movement: Make it fair to keep it free NEW
Open Europe blog 4 Days, 14 Hours, 52 Minutes ago
Open Europe this morning published in full the already much cited report on how Cameron can win on EU migration without sacrificing free movement – trailed on the front page of Sunday Times yesterday and featured on BBC News at Ten and the Toda...
UK looking down and out on banker’s bonus cap challenge NEW
Open Europe blog 1 Week, 1 Day, 14 Hours, 17 Minutes ago
It’s a bad start to what looks as if it could be a very challenging day for the UK government with UKIP looking likely to win the by-election in Rochester and Strood. This morning the European Court of Justice (ECJ) Advocate General Niilo Jaask...
How close did the Dutch come to ditching the euro? NEW
Open Europe blog 1 Week, 2 Days, 10 Hours, 32 Minutes ago
The Guilder - was it close to make a comeback? Yesterday, Dutch Finance Mininister Jan Kees de Jager, who was Finance Minister until November 2012, revealed something very interesting. Apparently, the Dutch government, together with the Ger...
Labour turns its attention to restricting EU migrants' access to in-work benefits NEW
Open Europe blog 1 Week, 3 Days, 5 Hours, 57 Minutes ago
Iain Duncan Smith's opposite number, Labour's Rachel Reeves, has written an interesting piece on EU migrants' access to welfare for the Mail Online, in which signals an important shift in Labour's policy.Last week we noted that IDS had set out that h...
As the Ukrainian ceasefire falters what next on sanctions? NEW
Open Europe blog 2 Weeks, 7 Hours, 42 Minutes ago
UK PM Cameron warns Russia of sanctions ahead of G20Over the past few days we have seen the situation in Ukraine begin to escalate once again. Both NATO and the Organisation of Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) have said that they have witne...
IDS sets out broad strokes of reforms to EU free movement NEW
Open Europe blog 2 Weeks, 1 Day, 9 Hours, 32 Minutes ago
The Telegraph has an interesting transcript of an Iain Duncan Smith interview with LBC Radio, which outlines the Government's current thinking on EU migration and which might signal the types of reforms that David Cameron is weighing up before d...
Juncker responds to Luxleaks tax scandal NEW
Open Europe blog 2 Weeks, 2 Days, 10 Hours, 27 Minutes ago
So Margrethe, about these Luxembourgian tax schemes...European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker has just made an impromptu appearance at the midday press briefing to make a statement and answer a few questions on the furore surrounding the le...
Has the Conservative party dropped its commitment to renegotiate ECJ jurisdiction over crime and policing? NEW
Open Europe blog 2 Weeks, 3 Days, 11 Hours, 36 Minutes ago
Has Conservative policy towards ECJ power over crime and policing changed?The chaos of yesterday's 'vote' or 'non vote' on the European Arrest Warrant has obscured a number of things. Not only have the 10 actual measures been waved through, with...
What are the implications of today's ECJ ruling on EU migrants' access to benefits? NEW
Open Europe blog 2 Weeks, 3 Days, 12 Hours, 42 Minutes ago
As we've said on many occasions, it is not only the UK that is having problems reconciling EU free movement with maintaining control over national welfare systems; Germany has recently tightened up its own domestic rules recently and the country also...
The UK government is desperate to strengthen the role of national Parliaments in Europe - but can't get its own house in order NEW
Open Europe blog 2 Weeks, 4 Days, 4 Hours, 57 Minutes ago
The Government - particularly the Tory wing of it - talks a very good game on the urgent need to strengthen the role of national parliaments in EU decision-making.The UK Government (rightly) wants to negotiate a "red card" for national parliaments fo...
Are MPs actually being given a vote on the European Arrest Warrant? NEW
Open Europe blog 2 Weeks, 4 Days, 13 Hours, 2 Minutes ago
Today it is widely reported that MPs will vote on the Government's plans to opt back into the European Arrest Warrant. In fact reading the Home Secretary in the Sunday Telegraph you would think that she believed that as well.However a close reading o...
Catalonia's symbolic independence referendum: What it means and why it can't be ignored NEW
Open Europe blog 2 Weeks, 4 Days, 14 Hours, 17 Minutes ago
Catalonia's symbolic independence referendum eventually went ahead yesterday. With 88.4% of votes counted, the Catalan government puts turnout at over two million people. Nearly 1.7 million of them (80.7%) voted in favour of Catalonia's independence...
The £1.7bn question (Part II) - What are other EU finance ministers saying? NEW
Open Europe blog 3 Weeks, 5 Hours, 2 Minutes ago
Here's a round-up of comments from other EU finance ministers about the UK's £1.7bn EU budget surcharge and the deal struck at today's meeting. This being EU budget negotiations, everyone is claiming either 'nothing to see here' or victory. Apa...