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- Rapporteur: More transparency needed for payment services
- posted Thu, 12 Dec 2013 18:34:03 +0100
- Oettinger takes the lead in legal spat with Russia over South Stream
- posted Thu, 12 Dec 2013 17:23:50 +0100
- France sheds no tears over Brexit in game play
- posted Thu, 12 Dec 2013 16:43:01 +0100
France would not go out of its way to stop Britain leaving the EU: that is the result of a mock “war game” negotiation which imagined the outcome of several possible scenarios in the aftermath of a likely UK referendum on EU membership by the end of 2017.
The event, organised by the Euro-critical think tank Open Europe, took place yesterday (11 December) in central London and brought together more than 70 participants, including policymakers and European diplomats.
Member of several of the key interested parties attended, with UK negotiations led by Andrea Leadsom, a Conservative member of the UK parliament, who is the chair of an influential group advocating European reform, Fresh Start, which is seen as close to Downing Street.
Vivien Pertusot, the head of the Brussels office of the French institute for international relations (IFRI), a think tank, represented France, whilst John Bruton, the former EU ambassador to Washington, represented the EU institutions.
Germany, Italy, Spain, the Nordic countries and the Visegrad Group (the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland and Slovakia) were also represented in the negotiations.
The “war-game” was divided into two main parts. The first one envisaged a negotiation around European competencies that saw the UK attempting to obtain key reforms that reflect the agenda of UK Prime Minister David Cameron. These included giving national parliaments a break on EU legislation they do not favour and including conditions for freedom of movement of people within the bloc.
A source within the room told EurActiv that the result was that the UK could achieve a fair degree of backing on such proposed measures, receiving notable support from Germany.
A second half of the negotiations envisaged a post-referendum situation in which the UK population had voted to leave the EU and imagined what sort of talks might ensue.
In this scenario, there was disbelief and regret from many of the other parties, with Germany unclear why the British believed that existence outside the bloc could be to their benefit. Italy and Spain were likewise sorry to see the UK go, but also concerned, as a new counterbalance to the influence of Germany within the bloc may need to be found.
France was more sanguine. The French negotiator said his country would not do much to prevent the UK from leaving the bloc, but expressed willingness to continue a non-EU bilateral relationship with the UK, said the source.
The French negotiator also refused to allow the UK financial sector to be a part of the single market in a post-exit scenario, an outcome that would clear the way for the birth of a new EU financial capital, a role Paris or Frankfurt would likely occupy.
Headlines from BBC News
- Ukraine protesters rebuild barricades
- Fri, 13 Dec 2013 00:30:38 GMT
- Pro-EU protesters in Ukraine reinforce their position in the centre of Kiev, rebuilding barricades torn down by police earlier this week.
- Spain to block Catalonia referendum
- Thu, 12 Dec 2013 16:30:53 GMT
- Parties in the Spanish region of Catalonia agree to hold a referendum on independence next year - but the Spanish government vows to block it.
- Former Icelandic bank bosses jailed
- Thu, 12 Dec 2013 18:32:56 GMT
- Four former bosses from the Icelandic bank Kaupthing are sentenced to prison in the heaviest sentences for financial fraud in Iceland's history.
Europe Headlines from NYTimes.com
- Bruised by Scandal, British Lawmakers Reject Raise
- posted Fri, 13 Dec 2013 03:40:54 GMT
- Legislators, amid belt-tightening and burdened by their reputation for money-grabbing, are fighting for the right to reject higher pay.
- World Briefing | Europe: Britain: Rogues Are Outlaws No More
- posted Fri, 13 Dec 2013 01:59:17 GMT
- Being an “incorrigible rogue” is no longer against the law in Britain.
- World Briefing | Europe: Spain: Catalonia Calls Vote on Split
- posted Fri, 13 Dec 2013 01:05:31 GMT
- Catalonia, Spain’s economic powerhouse, headed toward a standoff with Madrid on Thursday after separatist parties in the region announced a date next year for an independence referendum.
News from the European Commission
- EU guidelines aim to improve training for young people
- posted Mon, 09 Dec 2013 12:00:00 MET
The EU is proposing guidelines to ensure that employers make details of traineeships clear in advance, and that traineeships equip young people for permanent employment.
- Action plan aims to prevent migrant deaths at sea
- posted Thu, 05 Dec 2013 12:00:00 MET
The EU has unveiled radical plans to tighten patrols of its sea borders in a bid to prevent the death of migrants seeking to reach Europe by crossing the Mediterranean.
- Better protection for trade secrets in the EU
- posted Thu, 28 Nov 2013 12:00:00 MET
The EU has proposed new rules to protect businesses when confidential information is stolen or misused. The rules aim to encourage innovation and collaboration.
Headlines from European Voice
- Austria gets new government
- Thu, 12 Dec 2013 15:06:07 GMT
- Faymann remains chancellor, Spindelegger takes finance ministry as ÖVP and SPÖ agree to continue their grand coalition.
- Deal agreed on bank bailout rulebook
- Thu, 12 Dec 2013 13:10:32 GMT
- Investors and banks to fund bailouts reinforcing protection for depositors and taxpayers
- Council rejects biofuel compromise
- Thu, 12 Dec 2013 13:05:07 GMT
- Proposal to restrict first-generation biofuel now on ice, may be revived in next Parliament.
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