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Ahead of next month’s crucial Scottish independence referendum, the Scottish government has put out its own paper on EU reform, designed to position the SNP on the pro-reform as opposed to the status quo side of the debate. The report has generated ver…

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In a letter to the Telegraph today, Open Europe’s Chairman Lord Leach notes:This dispute is largely the product of the wording of the Lisbon Treaty. One part states that the election of the Commission President is the joint responsibility of the Europe…

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In a new report published this morning we assess the track record of the European parliament and conclude that it has failed as an institution on a number of fronts. Although many individual MEPs work hard and conscientiously for their constituents, th…

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Our Director Mats Persson writes on his Telegraph blog:In a recent Sunday Telegraph article that received surprisingly little attention at the time, David Cameron came close to setting out a “shopping list” of what he wants to change in Europe. He …

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It’s up there with the origins of the universe as one of the great existential questions of our time (well…): how many national laws stem from Brussels?European Commissioner Viviane Reding – who does what she can to turn people against the EU – recen…

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When it comes to the question of whether the UK ought to stay in the EU there are two key considerations. Is continued membership the best solution from an economic perspective (trade, regulation etc) and also is it democratically sustainable? (Others …

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National Parliaments’ should be allowed to show the EU the red cardThis is an idea that’s very close to our hearts – and an idea that we have promoted for a very long time.The first bits of UK Europe Minister David Lidington’s interview with German dai…

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