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The EU in 2011

For those of you who can’t wait to see what 2011 has in store for European politics, Open Europe has published a briefing looking at the issues facing the EU – and most importantly the eurozone – next year. Read it here.Let’s put it like this: EU leade…

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Four scenarios for the euro

FT Deutschland last week outlined what it considered the four possible scenarios for the eurozone in 2015, in a thought-provoking piece.Here are the scenarios, slightly paraphrased from the original article.Business as usual, punctured by crises: The E…

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In a Commons debate on Monday about last week’s European Council meeting, Labour MP Gisela Stuart raised an important point:“This seems to have been a pretty significant Council [meeting], as a result of which we will have treaty changes that will …

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Not restrictive enough…

We see it as a bit ambiguous and from a Swedish point of view, not restrictive enough when it comes to the budget…our position is that even the possibility of an increase to the budget, which the signatory countries are open to, is too far-reaching…..

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Double up

The European Central Bank has just announced that it will almost double its ‘subscribed capital’ over the next three years, from €5.76 billion to €10.76 billion. ‘Subscribed capital’ is the amount that countries pay into the ECB when they become fu…

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Another great comment piece from Die Welt editor Dorothea Siems – under the headline “Merkel’s last chance, to save the hard euro”:The German negotiating position is weak because both [German Chancellor Angela] Merkel and [German Finance Minister Wolf…

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Last week’s vote on student fees saw thousands of angry protestors descend on Westminster, to no avail as the proposal has now passed both houses. This is obviously a very thorny issue for the Coalition – and the Lib Dems in particular.But what’s int…

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