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Brexit and the EU-UK deal: consequences for the EU

The debate on Brexit focuses on the economic and political consequences for the United Kingdom, but ignores the impact of the new EU-UK agreement on the EU. Regardless of the referendum result, the agreement will have serious consequences and will negatively affect prospects for European integration.

By: Marek Dabrowski Topic: European Macroeconomics & Governance Date: March 9, 2016
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EU migration crisis: facts, figures and disappointments

Attempts to stem the flow of refugees to Europe have so far had little success. Two months into 2016, we take a detailed look at the numbers of the refugee crisis and the European response.

By: Silvia Merler Topic: European Macroeconomics & Governance Date: February 12, 2016
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The economic consequences of Schengen

The president of the European Commission, Jean-Claude Juncker, recently warned that “without Schengen and the free movement of workers, of citizens, the euro makes no sense.” And in fact, it is the single currency and the ability to travel freely without identity documents that most Europeans associate with the EU. So how does it really stand with Schengen and the euro?

By: Guntram B. Wolff Topic: European Macroeconomics & Governance Date: February 2, 2016
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Schengen and cross-border traffic: trucks arriving in Germany

With the limits of Schengen being continuously tested, this chart looks at the possible economic implications of controls on cross-border traffic.

By: Uuriintuya Batsaikhan Topic: European Macroeconomics & Governance Date: January 20, 2016
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Cross-border commuters and trips: the relevance of Schengen

Almost 1.7 million Schengen residents were cross-border commuters in 2014. These charts show data on commuting in the Schengen area and intra-EU trips.

By: Nuria Boot and Guntram B. Wolff Topic: European Macroeconomics & Governance Date: December 3, 2015
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Blogs review: Freedom of movement in Europe

What’s at stake: From January 2014, full freedom of movement – the right to move, reside and work freely in any EU country– applies to citizens of Bulgaria and Romania. This has not been universally welcomed. Political opposition to freedom of movement has seen a resurgence. In the UK, Prime Minister David Cameron has sharply tightened the policy on immigration, restricting benefit access for foreigners and campaigning for caps on inflows to be allowed in the EU. In Germany, cities sounded the alarm bell, warning of burdens created by poor – mainly Roma – immigrants. And in Switzerland, a referendum has been passed calling for restrictions on the number of foreigners allowed to live and work in the country.

By: David C. Saha Topic: European Macroeconomics & Governance Date: February 24, 2014
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Schengen and the Arab Spring

What’s at stake: Due to a series of factors (the consequences of the economic crisis, ageing population, cutbacks in the welfare state, the political crisis in North Africa…) migration issues have become a central political topic and are taking an increasingly important role for economic policy considerations. The Agreement reached by an extraordinary EU ministerial meeting to adopt conditions under which border control could be reinstated, effectively weakening the Schengen area is a good illustration of migration policy crashing with the principles of free movement of labour, which has a broad range of consequences ranging from labour markets flexibility, financing of welfare and ageing related expenditures but also free movement of capital and the governance of the monetary union. If events allow, Van Rompuy wants to focus the forthcoming June European Council meeting on border control, immigration and refugee policy.

By: Jérémie Cohen-Setton Topic: European Macroeconomics & Governance Date: May 26, 2011