The  recent messages from Downing Street have been optimistic. Careful diplomacy is paving the way for David Cameron to renegotiate Britain’s European Union membership at a summit in Brussels on February 18th-19th. That should enable the prime minister to call (and win) his EU referendum in late June. Yet the outcome of mock “war games” staged on January 25th by Open Europe, a London-based Eurosceptic think-tank, was less reassuring.

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  • Raoul Ruparel, Co-Director

    Raoul Ruparel

    Co-Director Raoul Ruparel is Co-Director at Open Europe. He is also a contributing author for Forbes, where he write on EU issues; the Eurozone crisis; central banking and macroeconomics.

    Over the past years Raoul has been at the forefront of analysing crucial issues around Europe. He has led Open Europe’s research into the Eurozone crisis, helping to advise governments and corporations on how to deal with the crisis as well as the potential institutional and regulatory response. Raoul has been heavily involved in the economic and financial analysis of the evolving crisis in Ukraine, and the ensuing sanctions placed on Russia. He has also worked extensively on issues relating to EU trade and economic prosperity, as well as the economic impacts of hot political topics such as migration.

    On top of his regular articles for Forbes, Raoul is a frequent contributor to the broadcast and print media including, CNBC, Bloomberg, BBC and Sky as well as the FT, WSJ and the Times. Raoul holds two masters degrees in economics and public policy from the University of Chicago and a BA in economics and politics from the University of Manchester. Prior to joining OE, Raoul gained work experience at financial firm Habibbank AG Zurich.
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  • Stephen Booth, Co-Director

    Stephen Booth

    Co-Director Stephen is Co-Director at Open Europe. While at Open Europe he has written on EU regulation, justice and home affairs and EU aid policy. Stephen holds an undergraduate degree in political science and was awarded the Jean Monnet Prize for his master's degree in European studies from the University of Sussex. Stephen's professional interests include democracy and transparency in the EU, the interaction between domestic and EU law and European cooperation in crime and policing. He is half Dutch.
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  • Pieter Cleppe, Head of Brussels Office

    Pieter Cleppe

    Head of Brussels Office Pieter is the Head of the Brussels office of Open Europe (Open Europe Brussels VZW). He is a frequent contributor to the broadcast and print media across Europe, frequently discussing EU reform, the refugee crisis and the eurocrisis. A trained lawyer, Pieter previously practiced law in Belgium, and has worked as a cabinet advisor and speechwriter to the Belgian State Secretary for Administrative Reform. Pieter also previously worked as an analyst at the Belgium’s Itinera Institute, which he helped to found. He received his legal training at the Catholic University of Leuven, and also studied law and economics at the universities of Hamburg, Bologna and Vienna. Pieter is fluent in Dutch, English and French. He also speaks German and intermediate Italian. See Articles
  • Timm Luebben, Head of Digital

    Timm Luebben

    Head of Digital Timm takes a leading role in Open Europe's digital communications, while also focusing on Anglo-German relations and Germany’s place in the EU. He is fluent in German, French, Dutch, and English.

    Prior to joining Open Europe in 2012, Timm worked at the European Union Delegation to the United Nations in New York and at the World Affairs Council which is one of the largest and most active foreign policy forums in the US. He holds an MA in international relations from the University of Groningen, and a BA in European Studies from the University of Maastricht, during which he also studied at the University of Oslo.
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  • Vincenzo Scarpetta, Policy Analyst

    Vincenzo Scarpetta

    Policy Analyst Vincenzo specialises in the politics and economics of Southern Europe and is a regular commentator in print and broadcast media across Europe. Vincenzo has co-authored policy-changing Open Europe Intelligence on EU free movement, employment law, financial regulation and the European Neighbourhood Policy. He is also an expert on the EU institutions, the Eurozone crisis, and the cost of EU regulation.

    Prior to joining Open Europe in 2009, Vincenzo gained work experience at the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. An Italian native, he is fluent in French and Spanish, and speaks good German. Vincenzo holds a Master's degree (Hons) in International Relations and World Politics from the University of Naples 'L'Orientale' and a Master's in International Affairs from the University of Bologna 'Alma Mater Studiorum'. He has also worked as a musician, and holds a diploma in classical piano from the Conservatory of Music of Avellino - his home town in Italy.
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  • Alex Greer, Policy Analyst

    Alex Greer

    Policy Analyst Alex joined Open Europe after working in public affairs and political reporting in Westminster and at the European Parliament under a Robert Schuman scholarship. He holds a Graduate Diploma in Politics from the LSE with a focus on the European Union, Comparative Politics, and International Political Economy. He also holds a Master’s in European Literature from the University of Cambridge, and is fluent in French and Spanish. See Articles

Need to know facts

Yes 60%
No 25%
Don't know 15%

German voters say national parliaments should be able to block EU laws

A majority of German voters said that they support less Brussels involvement in at least eight EU policy areas, including criminal justice, data protection and employment laws. They also expressed strong support for boosting the role of national parliaments with 60% saying that national parliaments should be given more powers to block unwanted EU laws. Only 25% were opposed and 15% were undecided.Source: YouGov Deutschland for Open Europe & Open Europe Berlin.
Don't know 17%
No 25%
Yes 57%

German voters say its government should actively strive to keep Britain in EU

A majority of German voters (57%) said that the German government should actively strive to keep the UK in the EU, when polled by Open Europe and Open Europe Berlin in 2013. 25% disagreed, while 17% are undecided. German voters' support of the UK's EU membership is a positive sign for anchoring EU reform.Source: YouGov Deutschland for Open Europe & Open Europe Berlin.

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