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Economy & Jobs 21-03-2019

Romanian exporters face an artificial barrier, costs transferred to EU citizens

Visions of trucks being stuck at the border in the event of a 'no deal' Brexit should also remind people of the delays faced by Romanian companies exporting into the Schengen area, writes Stefan Radu-Oprea.
Economy & Jobs 06-06-2018

Why Europe needs a single market for philanthropy

"Who do I call if I want to speak to Europe?" The quote is associated with Henry Kissinger but he never actually said it. He knew very well who to call if he wanted to. Similarly, European institutions have no problem with reaching out to European philanthropy, Felix Oldenburg writes.
Brexit 23-03-2018

The unbearable lightness of Brexit delusions

This week’s developments might cheer those who want to see the UK leave the EU. But they are a rude awakening for those who argued leaving the EU had no costs and a sad reminder that leaving the EU will be an act of self-harm, writes Petros Fassoulas.
Brexit 01-03-2018

Tony Blair is right on immigration but did nothing to control freedom of movement

After Brexit, the rest of Europe will control freedom of movement sensibly without discriminating on grounds of nationality, adhering to the principle that has been in all European treaties since 1950, writes Denis MacShane.
Brexit 18-08-2017

The UK should realise that Ireland is an island

The fixation amongst Brexiteers to take back control of Britain's borders makes resolving the Irish border issue nearly impossible, writes Dick Roche.

Is the Irish border question really ‘intractable’?

In the coming days the UK government will release its “carefully formulated” working paper on the Irish border issue. Dick Roche gives timely advice.
Brexit 22-06-2017

EU socialists puzzled at Labour’s hostility to Europeans in UK

Jeremy Corbyn meets fellow centre-left leaders in the Party of European Socialists today to discuss Brexit, writes Denis MacShane.
Brexit 29-03-2017

Brexit ‘letter’ is nothing new: What May did not say

After the Trump-like picture of Theresa May signing her Article 50 letter, there was nothing new in her statement in the House of Commons, writes Denis MacShane.
Future EU 16-03-2017

The EU debate: So much more than a cost-benefit analysis

The debate over the value of the EU has deteriorated into a tedious cost-benefit analysis of the project. EU leaders and supporters need to transform the discussion and reframe their arguments so as to promote greater public understanding of its benefits, writes Cian McCarthy.

Brexit 04-01-2017

Sir Ivan Rogers leaves May’s small tent

Sir Ivan Rogers is not a Foreign Office smoothy, the kind of charming brilliant dip who used to live in the Rue Ducale and out-negotiate the Eurocrats with effortless ease, writes Denis MacShane, reflecting on the sudden departure of the UK's envoy to the EU.

More services integration needed to reinvigorate Europe

Goods can be traded freely across the EU, but the same cannot, in practice, be said of services. Less restrictions in the sector would yield enormous economic benefits, argue Arup Banerij, Doerte Doemeland and Sanja Madžarević Šujster.
Brexit 04-10-2016

Give Brits voluntary dual EU citizenship after Brexit

Despite the EU referendum result, many Brits remain proud Europeans and do not want to surrender the advantages of EU membership. Joe Williams argues that the EU should offer voluntary dual citizenship if the UK leaves the bloc.
Future EU 30-09-2016

Crafting a way forward for the European Union

The decision of Britain to leave the EU has put the European idea to the test. Now is the time to openly discuss the state of our union and the way forward, writes Petros Fassoulas.
Brexit 16-09-2016

Capital flight: The City will decline outside EU, and Britons will be the poorer for it

The effects of Brexit may not be felt immediately, but it spells the end of the City as we know it. The last 15 years will go down as London’s golden age and be sorely missed, writes Nicolas Véron.
Brexit 01-06-2016

Don’t look to Norway, Brexiteers!

Many Brexit-proponents, including Richard Tice, the co-chairman of the Leave.eu campaign, have pointed to Norway's success as an example for Britain to leave the EU. But its fortunes have not come because of it remaining outside the EU, writes Paal Frisvold.
Euro & Finance 13-04-2016

Will we lead or be led?

The European Union is the biggest economy and largest trading bloc in the world, yet our position in the global economy has been decreasing in relative terms. A fully integrated single market can help put us back on top, writes Joseph Daul.
Trade & Society 09-03-2016

EU must tackle excessive cross-border parcel delivery costs

Cross-border parcel delivery is far too expensive in Europe, with prices up to 4 or 5 times higher than national parcel delivery. We are missing opportunities for growth and jobs in the digital market if we don't break down these unfair pricing practices, writes Lambert van Nistelrooij MEP.
Euro & Finance 09-10-2013

New ideas can change banks in Europe

Much has been done in the last five years to restore financial stability, playing an important role in supporting the economy, but more could be done and ideas are welcome, writes Michel Barnier, announcing the opening of the debate on yourideasforeurope.eu.
Brexit 29-01-2013

The positive side of David Cameron’s lonely cruise

It remains to be seen whether David Cameron's speech has answered questions about the long-term British strategy for the European Union, writes Jacek Saryusz-Wolski.

UK policy on Romanian, Bulgarian students is illegal

The policy of denying Bulgarian and Romanian students employment in Britain is unfair. But that’s not the real issue. The point is it is breaching EU law too, says Galina Kostadinova.

Moving without removing: The blind spot in the European single market

Sweden's decision to discriminate between consumers in the same country in order to avoid discriminating between consumers in two different EU member states raises several concerns about the single market, argue Joakim Nergelius and Gustav Lorentz.

Keeping smaller businesses strong

The financial and economic crisis is not yet over, with lingering uncertainties about growth, competition and profits. Therefore, stricter credit terms are an important topic for small and medium enterprises, argues Markus Stock.
17-10-2012

The Single Market should never be taken for granted

This week offers us an opportunity to look back at the significant achievements that have been made in opening up Europe's markets. There is no doubt that it has provided new opportunities to businesses and consumers, who can take advantage of a market place that boasts over 500 million consumers, writes Malcolm Harbour.

Mayday marks freedom of movement

As of 1 May 2011, citizens of the countries that joined the European Union in 2004 will finally have the right to live and work in all the bloc's member states. László Andor, the EU's employment commissioner, explains why workers' mobility is part of the solution to Europe's unemployment problem.
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