Macron’s push for a deeply integrated EU will face difficulties ahead
Following the French's President's ambitious speech on the future of the EU, Open Europe's Aarti Shankar explains why many of his proposals are likely to encounter resistance from other EU member states.
His speech, which lasted in total almost two hours, set forward a grand vision for Europe – highly fitting for a President whose election night victory walk was to the EU anthem ‘Ode to Joy.’ It also served to relaunch France’s role in the EU, after its voice was notably diminished during François Hollande’s term in office.
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Italy gears up for next spring’s elections20/10/2017 12:25:00
In the wake of a new electoral reform in Italy, eyes are slowly turning to Rome as the next important test for European politics, with elections due next spring. Open Europe’s Enea Desideri assesses what each of the main contenders in Italy could mean for the future of EU and Brexit negotiations.
Will the UK be more like Canada or Norway?16/10/2017 16:15:00
In an article originally published on ConservativeHome, Open Europe’s Director Henry Newman writes that despite problems at their conference (and since), the Conservative Party is largely united behind the Government’s Brexit plan as set out in the Prime Minister’s Lancaster House and Florence speeches.
What to expect from Austrian elections16/10/2017 13:25:00
Austria voted for a new parliament on Sunday and fears of a right-wing government coming into power loom large. Open Europe's Leopold Traugott explains what to expect in terms of winners, coalitions and Austria's role in Europe.
Germany votes, again.12/10/2017 13:15:00
With coalition talks in Berlin finally about to start, the German state of Lower Saxony will hold an election of potentially wide-reaching impact on Sunday. Open Europe’s Leopold Traugott explains what to keep an eye on in German politics this month.
The Repeal Bill must pass Committee Stage – and all sides must compromise11/10/2017 13:15:00
As Parliament returns from recess, the Government's energy is again focused on its EU (Withdrawal) Bill. Open Europe's Anders Jay explains that all factions must cooperate to ensure that this vital piece of legislation survives Committee Stage.