Justice & home affairs

Whatever happened to the Schengen crisis?

Whatever happened to the Schengen crisis?

Hugo Brady
27 September 2013
EU ministers will put years of political wrangling behind them this autumn when they sign off a new set of rules for the Schengen area.
Don't let England's poujadists kill London's golden goose

Don't let England's poujadists kill London's golden goose

08 July 2013
London keeps Britain afloat. But the city's wealth is dependent on its openness to immigrants, which is threatened by the country's increasingly hysterical immigration debate.
Could Britain's coalition collapse over EU police co-operation?

Could Britain's coalition collapse over EU police co-operation?

Hugo Brady
24 May 2013
Britain's government has finally reached internal agreement on opting out of EU police co-operation. But the fragile accord exposes the coalition’s fundamental differences over Europe.
Central and East European migrants are a boon for Britain

Central and East European migrants are a boon for Britain

25 March 2013
When economies are struggling, governments find it difficult to resist calls for protectionism of one form or another. The British government is trying to erect barriers to immigration.
Annual Report 2012

Annual report 2012

08 February 2013
Charles Grant analyses Britain's difficult relationship with the EU and looks back on what the CER did in 2012.
Britain's 2014 justice opt-out

Britain's 2014 justice opt-out: Why it bodes ill for Cameron's EU strategy

Hugo Brady
23 January 2013
Britain is likely to leave most EU co-operation on crime and policing in 2014. Hugo Brady explains why supporters of the move are wrong.
Cameron's European 'own goal'

Cameron's European 'own goal': Leaving EU police and justice co-operation

Hugo Brady
03 October 2012
David Cameron wants to pull the UK out of most EU co-operation on crime and policing by 2014. The move is bad for Britain.
Cameron's choice: Play to the gallery or keep Britain safe

Cameron's choice: Play to the gallery or keep Britain safe

Hugo Brady
26 September 2012
Britain has a decision to make that has major implications for both its security and its influence within the EU. Should it opt out of most EU co-operation on crime and policing by 2014?
Time for a European Civil Liberties Union?

Time for a European Civil Liberties Union?

Hugo Brady
21 September 2012
Liberty and the rule of law in central and eastern Europe needs a champion. A European Civil Liberties Union is part of the answer.
The EU & corruption

The EU must fight corruption and defend the rule of law

Hugo Brady
14 June 2012
Policy-makers in Brussels worry increasingly about corruption, national mal-administration and the rule of law in the EU. New thinking is needed to address such concerns.
Why France is threatening to leave Schengen

Why France is threatening to leave Schengen

Hugo Brady
30 April 2012
President Sarkozy is using the EU's Schengen area as a political football. But French concerns over passport-free travel in Europe will persist after the elections.
Saving Schengen: How to protect passport-free travel in Europe

Saving Schengen: How to protect passport-free travel in Europe

Hugo Brady
20 January 2012
Schengen countries must decide when Bulgaria and Romania should join, whether Greece should leave and how to work more closely with Turkey on border control.


The EU and migration:A call for action

The EU and migration: A call for action

Charles Clarke
01 December 2011
All across the EU, voters are worried about immigration. Charles Clarke outlines the steps needed at EU level if governments are to tackle migration issues effectively.
Britain, Ireland and Schengen: Time for a smarter bargain on visas

Britain, Ireland and Schengen: Time for a smarter bargain on visas

Michael Emerson
28 July 2011
Travellers to the Schengen area – the EU's passport-free travel zone – can move freely between most EU countries but need separate visas for Britain and Ireland, which maintain their own border controls.
Justice

The politics of European justice

Hugo Brady
01 June 2011
The EU's least understood institution is its Court of Justice, which is seated in a stockade-like building in Luxembourg. For over half a century, judges there have quietly adjudicated, mainly between European governments, institutions and businesses.