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  • Schäuble hopes for British support in plans to hive off Commission’s supervisory role

    [Cameron] would welcome a wide-ranging debate [on EU reform] but he should be cautious about plans to create a more political Commission. What the UK would not want is an overtly political Commission, dominated by the Eurozone, pumping out more regulation.

  • Eurozone no bailout clause likely to stay

    It is quite vague, but it’s always been considered to be a no bailout clause – that was the spirit and logic of it…It’s likely, given the German constitutional court’s track record, that it would interpret it in a strong way.

  • Greek bailout agreement deals blow to Podemos

    Turmoil and capital controls in Greece are likely to turn undecided Spanish voters away from Podemos, since they will think the party won’t be able to keep its promises. The bottom line of the Greek negotiations is that a different euro is not on offer. There is a clear path of fiscal discipline and structural reforms, and if you don’t agree with that you can be shown the door.

  • UK welfare system offers perverse incentives for low-wage migration

    [The UK welfare system] enables people to work for a lower wage than they would otherwise be prepared to work for because they know that their income can be topped up by quite generous in work benefits. So removing this would actually remove the perverse incentive where it’s worth their while to come over to the UK from other EU member states – in some cases actually taking a pay cut.

  • Beppe Grillo: Italy needs Plan B to leave euro

    The Greek deal and negotiations have helped Italy’s anti-euro parties make the case that it is impossible to reform the euro from the inside, and that is why they say that Italy should leave.

  • Will the third Greek bailout be any different?

    “There’s a bit more political will this time around because of how bad things got, but you also have the offsetting factor of having Syriza in charge who have no ownership of the program,” said Raoul Ruparel, co-director of Open Europe, a London-based research group. “Then you get the question: they failed the review and on the reforms, so do we release the cash or not?”

  • Franco-German split brought to the fore by Greece

    There are a lot of things out in the open now that can’t be put back in,” said Raoul Ruparel, co-director of Open Europe, a ­London-based European policy research center. “There is a huge amount of tension inside the single currency, most of all between France and Germany…Whenever there’s another crisis in the euro zone, this will flare again,” he said.

  • Use of EU wide bailout fund for Greece sends the wrong message

    Raoul Ruparel of the Open Europe think-tank said the commission’s proposal was a “clear breach of trust” that put the interests of eurozone countries above those of the UK in the run-up to a referendum. “It sets the legal bar higher [for the renegotiation] and suits those who think it is impossible,” he said.

    Raoul Ruparel – The Financial Times: David Cameron frustrated as UK dragged into Greece bailout

  • Capitulation of Tsipras will harm Podemos and other similar parties

    The capitulation of Tsipras and the further deterioration of the Greek economy since SYRIZA took the helm are likely to turn undecided voters in other countries away from supporting similar parties.

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  • Nina Schick, Communications Director

    Nina Schick

    Communications Director As Open Europe’s Communications Director, Nina specialises in both EU policy and political communications, leading the radical overhaul of Open Europe’s digital communications strategy. Her policy-areas of interest include Anglo-German relations; Germany’s place in the EU; EU-Russia relations and the digital economy.

    Nina is a regular current affairs commentator, with a slot on Monocle 24’s flagship radio programme, ‘Midori House’, and a column for EUobserver. She often appears on international broadcast analysing breaking EU developments.

    Nina holds degrees in history and politics from University College London and the University of Cambridge, graduating from both institutions with distinctions. Prior to joining Open Europe, Nina worked in journalism and political research at organisations including BBC Parliament; Spiegel Online; the Sunday Times and UK Parliament.

    Half German and half-Nepali, Nina speaks fluent German, Spanish, Nepali and Tamang; she also speaks French and Hindi.
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  • Pawel Swidlicki, Policy Analyst

    Pawel Swidlicki

    Policy Analyst Pawel joined Open Europe in 2011, since establishing himself as an expert and media commentator on a range of issues from the EU budget and EU regional policy, to the role of national parliaments in EU decision making. Pawel also follows how domestic politics in the UK, Poland and Germany impact on these countries' EU policies.

    Pawel has worked on Open Europe Intelligence which has informed and shaped policy at both the UK and EU level. These include refocusing the EU budget, identifying an common Anglo-German agenda for EU reform, and changing the rules around EU migrants’ access to benefits to preserve the principle of EU free movement.

    Prior to joining Open Europe, Pawel worked in the City for two years and also in Westminster, where he interned for a Lib Dem MP. Pawel holds a BA in History from the University of Leicester - during which he spent a year at the University of Regensburg in Germany - and an MA in International Relations from the University of Nottingham.
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    Head of Brussels Office Pieter is the Head of the Brussels office of Open Europe. 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
  • 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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  • 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 worked 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 has a diploma in classical piano from the Conservatory of Music of Avellino - his home town in Italy.
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