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Analysis

Customs union: soft Brexit or hard sell?

16 Jun 2017
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Stephen
Adams

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Jade
Rickman

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When Theresa May’s UK’s government was stripped of its majority in last week’s general election, the result was widely interpreted as a demand that the UK government focus on minimising the impact of its exit from the EU. One concrete consequence has been to put the question of customs union...

The EU banking union 5 years on

14 Jun 2017
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Carmen
Bell

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5 years have passed since the establishment of the banking union concept as the EU’s three-pillar response to breaking the sovereign-bank “doom loop” behind the EU sovereign debt crisis. Those five years have seen some advances, especially in the creation of a new single supervisor for the EU’s...

European policy and the future of the EU

31 May 2017

Ten years of serial crises and rising voter scepticism about mainstream political parties have definitively buried the managerialist consensus that dominated EU policymaking in the early 2000s. The financial crisis, strained public finances and large-scale immigration flows have exposed the...

Brexit and the future of UK immigration policy

16 Jan 2017
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Kirsty
Allan

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Tom
Smith

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UK Prime Minister Theresa May has all but ruled out maintaining freedom of movement between the UK and EU post-Brexit. This implies a new migration system, providing recruitment challenges for a range of sectors from social care to agriculture. Businesses should now plan to adapt, but policy...

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The Digital Single Market has a new commissioner – will Mariya Gabriel censor social media?

22 Jun 2017
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Conan
D'Arcy

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After an eight-month hiatus, the EU looks finally set to have a new Commissioner in charge of its flagship, the Digital Single Market (DSM) agenda. Mariya Gabriel is a former MEP, and it showed, in an effective hearing before the European Parliament, which is now certain to rubber stamp her appointment. This support matters for Gabriel as she will need to mobilise MEPs to publicly back her agenda, particularly on issues where member states in the Council are proving intractable. 

How Banco Popular put a spotlight on the EU’s Single Supervisory Mechanism

21 Jun 2017
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Carmen
Bell

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I listened this week to SSM head Danièle Nouy defending the sale of Spain’s Banco Popular to Banco Santander in front of the ECON committee of the European Parliament. It was notable how hard Spanish and Italian MEPS in particular pushed her on the ECB’s declaration that the transfer of ownership had been a success for the SSM and the EU’s new approach to resolution and recovery.

Einstein’s advice for Brexit negotiators: relative urgency depends on regulators as much as on politics

19 Jun 2017
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Tom
White

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Much has been written at the launch of Brexit negotiations today about the time remaining for negotiators. Michel Barnier has set a deadline of October 2018 for agreeing a withdrawal treaty, which may or may not include an outline of the future UK-EU trading relationship.

Deepening the Digital Single Market: not much to tweet about

16 Jun 2017
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India
Lucas

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Yesterday marked the entry into force of the EU’s ban on data roaming charges. But it’s worth remembering that when the DSM was created in 2015, the strategy was built around three broad objectives: deepening of the single market, cross-border liberalisation and consumer protection.

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