Imke Henkel

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    Merkel has not issued an ultimatum to the UK over free movement, but there is growing German frustration at David Cameron’s approach to the EU

Merkel has not issued an ultimatum to the UK over free movement, but there is growing German frustration at David Cameron’s approach to the EU

An article in the German news magazine Der Spiegel generated headlines in the UK press over the weekend when it appeared to suggest Germany would rather let Britain leave the EU than accept changes to EU free movement rules. Imke Henkel writes that while the reaction in the UK to the comments has been somewhat overblown, there is nevertheless growing […]

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    David Cameron’s increasingly strong opposition to Jean-Claude Juncker runs the risk of alienating Angela Merkel

David Cameron’s increasingly strong opposition to Jean-Claude Juncker runs the risk of alienating Angela Merkel

British Prime Minister David Cameron has strongly opposed the nomination of Jean-Claude Juncker as the next President of the European Commission and has called for a formal vote to be held on the topic if no consensus can be reached. Imke Henkel writes on the broader relationship between Cameron and Angela Merkel. She notes that while Merkel also has […]

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    We should replace the complicated, bureaucratic and error-prone expenses claims system with a flat-rate allowance

We should replace the complicated, bureaucratic and error-prone expenses claims system with a flat-rate allowance

Maria Miller’s resignation was brought about by yet another expenses scandal. However, the real scandal, argues Imke Henkel, is that politicians are not being paid adequately for their work and instead have to go through bureaucratic hoops in order to claim expenses. The entire expenses claims system should be reformed in-line with the German and French flat-rate allowance so […]