OE: Germany welcomes President Macron with caution
The victory of Emmanuel Macron in the recent French Presidential election has been welcomed in Germany with a sense of cautious relief. Think tank Open Europe provides an overview of key reactions from politicians and media.
Emmanuel Macron has put forward ambitious suggestions for EU reform & closer economic integration, including the creation of pan-European bonds, the establishment of a European finance ministry, and the introduction of EU-wide unemployment insurance policies. The signs from Germany, however, so far indicate that his vision will likely be met with caution & scepticism, not least because both countries are in the middle of an election period.
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The UK should opt for a customs facilitation agreement with the EU16/08/2017 16:15:00
The UK government has released its paper on future UK-EU customs arrangements. Open Europe's Aarti Shankar argues that plans for an interim deal are sensible, but, longer-term, the UK should opt for a customs facilitation agreement over a "mirroring" arrangement with the EU.
Progress on the Irish border issue will require both sides to start talking trade10/08/2017 14:15:00
In a speech last week, the Irish Taoiseach emphasised the need to establish what UK-EU trade will look like post-Brexit. Open Europe’s Aarti Shankar argues that until trade is discussed, little more progress can be made on the question of the Irish border.
A light-touch border on the island of Ireland is the only politically practical option01/08/2017 13:20:00
After suggestions this week that there could be a sea border around the island of Ireland, Open Europe argues that it is difficult to imagine an alternative to some form of border on the island of Ireland, but that this should be kept to the bare minimum through the implementation of a ‘light-touch’ border.
Free movement will end in 2019, but its short-term replacement will not look too different28/07/2017 12:20:00
Open Europe's Aarti Shankar argues that the Home Secretary's explanation of a phased approach to post-Brexit immigration policy is an important consequence of the government's new consensus in favour of a transitional period.
The view from Brussels: How negotiations between the UK and the EU on Brexit financial settlement are slowly making progress21/07/2017 13:15:00
The head of Open Europe's Brussels office, Pieter Cleppe, discusses the ongoing negotiations between the UK and the EU on the so-called "financial settlement" of Britain's possible obligations to the EU.