Britain & other member-states

Britain must defend the single market

Britain must defend the single market

Jo Johnson MP
22 June 2012
A Conservative MP argues that the single market will flounder if the UK is marginalised inside the EU – or if the UK leaves altogether.
The continent or the open sea: Does Britain have a European future?

The continent or the open sea: Does Britain have a European future?

David Rennie
28 May 2012
The UK has always had a difficult relationship with the EU. Its continued membership of the club can no longer be taken for granted.
How Hollande should handle Merkel

How Hollande should handle Merkel

14 May 2012
Can François Hollande persuade Angela Merkel to shift the EU's eurozone strategy away from austerity and deficit reduction, and towards growth and employment?
Ireland's fiscal treaty referendum

Ireland's fiscal treaty referendum: (More) fear and loathing in the eurozone?

Hugo Brady
11 May 2012
Ireland votes on the EU’s new fiscal compact on May 31st. Hugo Brady assesses the chances of a Yes and the consequences of a No.
Germany's choice

Germany's choice: Higher inflation or sovereign defaults

09 May 2012
Germany faces a choice between higher inflation or a wave of sovereign defaults culminating in either a transfer union or the collapse of the eurozone.
How to keep Britain in the EU

How to keep Britain in the EU

26 March 2012
At a time when some governments are pushing for a more integrated European Union, the British are becoming more eurosceptic. This contradiction increases the likelihood of Britain eventually leaving the EU – an outcome that, if current trends continue, is thoroughly plausible.
In the short term, Britain's decision in December to...
Slovak elections

Oh no, Orban clone? The EU ponders Slovak elections

Tomas Valasek
23 March 2012
The incoming Slovak Prime Minister Robert Fico is no angel but rumours of Central Europe's capitulation to populism and euroscepticism have been greatly exaggerated.
Poland's U-turn on European defence: A missed opportunity?

Poland's U-turn on European defence: A missed opportunity?

Clara Marina O'Donnell
09 March 2012
In failing to respond to Poland's proposals on EU defence, European governments are missing an opportunity to improve Europe's ability to tackle military crises abroad.
Pressure and tact are the right response to Victor Orban

Pressure and tact are the right response to Victor Orban

Balázs Jarábik
23 February 2012
The West should not isolate Hungary's Viktor Orban. While some of his instincts are deeply undemocratic, he is also a pragmatist, capable of adjusting course.
Greece's real challenge

Greece's real challenge

Katinka Barysch
03 February 2012
Greece's new bail-out package needs less austerity and more structural reforms. A bloated and immobile public sector remains a drag on growth.
Is Austria the new Finland?

Is Austria the new Finland?

Katinka Barysch
13 January 2012
Germany and France tend to pre-cook euro rescue plans. Smaller EU countries resent being sidelined. Slovakia and Finland have threatened vetoes and demanded concessions. Which country is next?
The UK & EU foreign policy

What Europe's new diplomatic service can do for Britain

Edward Burke
10 January 2012
Following a recent agreement on EU foreign policy the UK should not miss an opportunity to use Europe's new diplomatic service to reinforce British interests.
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The UK-EU split: The impact on Central Europe

Tomas Valasek
13 December 2011
The UK decision to boycott the new EU treaty has left like-minded countries in Central European in weaker position to resist France's etatist tendencies.
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Britain on the edge of Europe

09 December 2011
The Brussels agreement on December 9th will weaken British influence in the EU and could damage the single market.
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The French learn followership

30 November 2011
France is backing Germany’s wish for a new treaty to enshrine strict budgetary discipline. In exchange, it hopes Germany will save the euro.
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The curious case of German leadership

Katinka Barysch
29 November 2011
Is Berlin leading in the euro crisis? Many Germans say it does, by spreading ‘stability culture’ – but not by telling the ECB what to do.  
Monnet loses to de Gaulle

Monnet loses to de Gaulle

28 November 2011
The euro crisis is transforming the balance of power in Europe. Germany is emerging, for the first time in the EU’s history, as the unquestioned leader. France is having to adjust to a subordinate role. The euro countries are likely to integrate more closely, leading to a two-speed Europe. Britain...
Britain, the City and the EU: A triangle of suspicion

Britain, the City and the EU: A triangle of suspicion

Philip Whyte
11 October 2011
Britain has abandoned 'light touch' regulation and signed up to greater supervisory powers at EU level. Yet the Channel looks as wide as ever.  
Merkel's euro shackles

Merkel's euro shackles

Katinka Barysch
28 September 2011
Chancellor Angela Merkel’s apparent inability or unwillingness to take bold steps could sink the euro. Yet is it even realistic to expect her to overcome growing opposition from within her own coalition government, a hostile public mood and the red lines drawn by a powerful constitutional court? Merkel cannot...