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Broken Britain

Jon Danzig |

I need some work done at home and invited firms to quote. “That’s a smart van,” I said in passing to the managing director of a limited company that visited last week. “Oh, we’ve got six of those,” he replied. We went through the project. In the past, companies had sent me quotes with the […]

EU Competition Policy and Healthcare: starter questions for future directions

EUhealthgov |

EUHealthGov started 2022 with its third quarterly seminar on 12th January – a roundtable on EU competition policy in healthcare which aimed to identify future directions in light of the 2020 CJEU Dôvera judgment regarding private and state health insurance in Slovakia, and the Casa Regina Apostolorum case (currently on appeal to the CJEU) concerning […]

Corporate taxation in the EU: From politicization to policy change

JCMS |

Recently, the European Commission announced plans for ‘a robust, efficient and fair tax framework’ that should get business taxation up to speed with the 21st century. It includes proposals for a single set of corporate tax rules in the EU with ‘fairer allocation of taxing rights between Member States’, greater public tax transparency and a […]

The European Decade of Crises - Responsiveness and Responsibility

JCMS |

The last decade for Europe is one that was marked by multiple crises. Between 2009 and 2019, the term austerity dominated every discussion about the economy. The dominance of austerity in the Eurozone crisis years created the impression that there was something fundamentally different compared to previous episodes of politics in hard times. While in […]

The German 'traffic light' coalition: no commitment to stronger spending powers for the EU

Tiziano Zgaga |

With the new ‘traffic light’ government in Germany, one could have expected a game changer in Germany’s approach to fiscal integration. Instead, the coalition agreement is a compromise between maintaining the old fiscal regulatory framework and showing some moderate opening towards new European spending powers. The coalition agreement of the new German government led by […]

How France and Germany created the EU corona recovery fund

JCMS |

The corona recovery fund, now formally known as Next Generation EU, has been the European Union’s (EU) most important response to the economic and social damages caused by the Covid-19 pandemic. Unprecedently, the 27 member states entrusted the European Commission to borrow €750 billion and to allocate the money – in large parts in the […]

Deal or No Deal: Revisiting Theresa May’s Brexit Defeat

JCMS |

Theresa May and the shaping of the Brexit process With the provisional entry into force of the EU-UK Trade and Cooperation Agreement (TCA), the dust is far from settled on the Brexit process. And yet the culmination of the formal stages of talks on the terms of withdrawal and the future relationship – however ‘thin’ […]

More Brexit, part. 648

Simon Usherwood |

As we’ve noted previously in this blog, Brexit is a process, not an event. With the drawing in of the year, we might usefully revisit this notion, since there’s more of the process heading our way. You’ll recall that one side-effect of the very speedy conclusion of the Trade & Cooperation Agreement (TCA) was that […]

Why a change in government won't change Norway's ambiguous EU policy

John Erik Fossum |

Although the new Norwegian government appears more willing to discuss EU-related issues than previous ones, the question of Norway’s EU policy remains ambiguous, argues John Erik Fossum in this blog post.  On September 13, 2021 Norway held its parliamentary elections. In Norway, parliamentary elections take place at fixed dates, at a four-year interval. The total […]

Recovery and Resilience Facility and Cohesion Policy: a different kettle of fish?

eufinacco |

In May 2020, following the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic, the European Commission proposed the creation of a novel recovery instrument, the Next Generation EU, aimed at ensuring a sustainable recovery across the EU. The Recovery and Resilience Facility (RRF) constitutes the most massive area of the Next Generation EU’s resources amounting to €723.8 billion in loans (€385.8 […]

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