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French Economy Minister Emmanuel Macron is speaking openly about changing the EU Treaties to achieve further Eurozone integration. This is good news for David Cameron’s EU renegotiation push, as France has historically been wary of Treaty change – but the diverging timelines remain an issue.

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Posted by Vincenzo Scarpetta

With the third Greek bailout officially under way, our policy analyst Vincenzo Scarpetta looks at how the debates and votes on the rescue package in a number of national parliaments have once again highlighted the underlying tension between Eurozone membership and national democracy.

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Posted by Vincenzo Scarpetta

This is the question many politicians across Europe will be asking themselves as they give the final seal of approval to the third Greek bailout this week. How much debt relief will be needed to get the IMF involved in the bailout? What options does the Eurozone have, given that it has ruled out a nominal debt cut? Open Europe’s Raoul Ruparel lays out the possibilities.

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Posted by Raoul Ruparel

Following Eurozone finance ministers approval of the third Greek bailout on Friday it is now down to final national approval. In some countries this means tricky parliamentary votes, including in Germany and the Netherlands. Open Europe’s Raoul Ruparel investigates how the votes might go and what the fallout could be.

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Posted by Raoul Ruparel

Following former Polish Foreign Minister Radosław Sikorski’s calls for EU member states to “empower” the EU to conduct more effective foreign policy on their behalf, Open Europe’s Pawel Swidlicki argues the problem lies not with weak EU institutions, but with competing national foreign policies which cannot be easily overridden.

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Posted by Pawel Swidlicki

Recent opinion polling has highlighted that there is a huge divergence of views across the EU with regards to ‘ever closer union’ but on balance there is little support for it. This could help with the UK’s EU reform push, though highlights some potential complications for the Eurozone.

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Posted by Raoul Ruparel

It has been widely noted recently that the Irish economy is recovering strongly posting the highest growth levels in the EU. However, with an election looming in early 2016, the political environment is not as clear cut as might be expected and is beginning to reflect uncertainties in other parts of Europe.

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Posted by Raoul Ruparel