European Politics and Institutions

Turkey and the New Middle East
27 July 2012
Gökhan Bacik (External authors)

In this Commentary, Gökhan Bacik of Zirve University writes that Ankara's inevitable policy is to develop a new strategy of peaceful co-existence with autonomous Kurdish regions in countries such as Iraq and Syria, since it is beyond Turkey's capacity to curtail the 'more autonomy' demands of Kurds in the region.

Armageddon - for Greece, the euro zone and the EU?
27 July 2012
Janis A. Emmanouilidis (Director of Studies) and Fabian Zuleeg (Chief Executive and Chief Economist)

In this Commentary, Fabian Zuleeg and Janis A. Emmanouilidis argue that, despite the calls for Greece to exit the euro zone becoming louder, it is in Europe's best interests for Greece to stay in the euro.

Political Union: Europe's defining moment
24 July 2012
Josef Janning (Head of ECFR Berlin Office and Senior Policy Fellow)

In this Policy Brief, Josef Janning reviews the current debate and points to its implications for policies, institutions and the integrity of the EU.

Romania’s democracy in reverse gear – en garde, EU!
6 July 2012
Corina Stratulat (Senior Policy Analyst)

In this Commentary, Corina Stratulat and Paul Ivan argue that dealing with democratic problems like those occurring in Romania is as important for the EU as resolving the euro/economic crisis.

The prospects of ambitious muddling through – the results of an EU Summit in deep crisis mode - Post-Summit Analysis
2 July 2012
Janis A. Emmanouilidis (Director of Studies)

At the June 2012 Summit EU leaders took a number of key decisions regarding the euro-debt crisis. In this Post-summit Analysis Janis A. Emmanouilidis takes an upbeat approach but argues that the EU will stay in crisis mode and that 'ambitious muddling through' will remain the Union's dominant mantra.

Between the past and the future: unfinished business in the EU and the Balkans
26 June 2012
Rosa Balfour (Senior Adviser to EPC on Europe in the World)

With Montenegro receiving the green light to start accession negotiations, it is time to assess the status of the EU’s enlargement process. In this Commentary Rosa Balfour argues that despite some positive signals, there still is plenty of unfinished business to be dealt with in the EU and in the Balkans alike.

The end of the EU Police Mission in Bosnia and Herzegovina: What lessons for the Common Security and Defence Policy?
13 June 2012
Eva Gross (External authors)

With the imminent closure of the EU Police Mission in Bosnia, Eva Gross examines its impact on the country, as well as broader implications and lessons learned for other EU Common Security and Defence Policy missions.

Comitology reform: setting the record straight
19 April 2012
Elisa Molino (External authors) and Corina Stratulat (Senior Policy Analyst)

In this Commentary, Corina Stratulat and Elisa Molino argue that the Lisbon Treaty has made comitology more transparent, streamlined and democratically legitimate.

Opportunity knocks: can the EU help Albania to help itself?
22 March 2012
Corina Stratulat (Senior Policy Analyst) and Gjergji Vurmo (External authors)

In this Policy Brief, Corina Stratulat and Gjergji Vurmo warn that the window of opportunity to make progress on bringing Albania closer to the EU is closing ahead of upcoming general elections in the country in June 2013.

The European Economic Area revisited
19 March 2012
Graham Avery (Senior Adviser to EPC on EU enlargement policy)

This Policy Brief by Graham Avery, Senior Adviser at the EPC, reviews the nature and functioning of the agreements, and discusses future prospects.

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Programme Team

Director of Studies

Janis A. Emmanouilidis

Project Leader of the joint EPC-Stiftung Mercator project ‘Connecting Europe’

Julian Rappold

Senior Policy Analysts

Amanda Paul
Corina Stratulat

Policy Analyst

Yann-Sven Rittelmeyer

Programme Assistant

Paul Butcher