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European Commission / PODCAST

#5 - EU leaders agree on top jobs, but will it stick?

After a marathon Council meeting, EU leaders finally settled on a new leadership team for the bloc, picking German defence minister Ursula von der Leyen as Commission president, Belgian Prime Minister Charles Michel as president of the Council, IMF’s Christine Lagarde as president of the ECB, and Spanish Foreign Minister Josep Borrell as the new High Representative for foreign affairs and security policy.

In this episode, EPC Director of Studies Janis A. Emmanouilidis lifts the curtain on what was going on behind closed doors at the summit and explains how von der Leyen became the Commission president candidate everyone could get behind (sort of). He also covers what this means for the Spitzenkandidaten process, lessons learnt (introduce transnational lists, pick your Spitzenkandidat carefully, and Parliament, take the initiative!), and what will happen next.


With Janis Emmanouilidis

                             

European elections / PODCAST

#4 - Post-election analysis

Analysts Janis A. Emmanouilidis, Corina Stratulat and Fabian Zuleeg shared their views on the results of the European Parliament elections at an EPC post-election briefing.

Their in-depth analysis covered, among other things, the implications of the splintering of the European vote, the emergence of a new political alignment that goes beyond the traditional left-right paradigm, the different scenarios for a new coalition agreement in the Parliament, the race for the EU top jobs and what the election results in the UK mean for Brexit.


With Fabian Zuleeg , Corina Stratulat , Janis A. Emmanouilidis

                             

Populism / PODCAST

#3 - A look ahead at 2019: Can the centre hold?

In our last podcast of 2018, Director of Studies Janis A. Emmanouilidis and Junior Policy Analyst Paul Butcher take stock of where the EU stands after the December summit but also look ahead at what’s in store for Europe in 2019.

Next year promises to be another turbulent year, as a divided and polarised EU will head to the polls in May. The stakes are high. Many analysts predict – or fear is the better word – that Eurosceptic, anti-globalist parties will take over the European Parliament and blow up the Union’s traditional consensus-building politics. Emmanouilidis and Butcher talk about what the growing polarisation means for the upcoming political transition and address the threat of disinformation and fake news ahead of the elections.


With Paul Butcher , Janis A. Emmanouilidis

                             

Brexit / PODCAST

#2 - Brexit: The last 5%

Ahead of the European Policy Centre's conference 'A new blueprint for the EU after 2019', Anand Menon, Director of The UK in a Changing Europe, and Fabian Zuleeg, EPC's chief executive, sat down to discuss the latest in the Brexit negotiations.

The deal between the UK and the EU is 95% done, but the last 5% turns out to be the most difficult. Menon and Zuleeg talked about the Northern-Irish backstop, the extension to the transition period, the probability of a no-deal scenario and whether or not Brexit is still reversible.


With Fabian Zuleeg , Anand Menon

                             

Post-Summit Briefing / PODCAST

#1 - Post-summit(s) rundown

Director of Studies Janis A. Emmanouilidis and head of the migration and diversity programme Marie De Somer discuss the latest developments in the Brexit talks, migration and EMU reform.

After the disappointment of the Brexit summit, where do the EU and UK go from here? Will migration continue to dominate the public debate in Europe? Has the window of opportunity for EMU reform been closed indefinitely? And what does it all mean with the 2019 European Parliament elections on the horizon?


With Marie De Somer , Janis A. Emmanouilidis

                             

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