European Politics and Institutions

After Copenhagen: what next for EU climate and environment policy?
3 March 2010

At a breakfast briefing, Jo Leinen MEP offered some optimistic points of the otherwise seemingly disapointing  Copenhagen Summit, and pointed out three crucial aspects for future EU action.

Strengthening human rights across Europe
16 February 2010

During a briefing, Thorbjǿrn Jagland, Secretary-General of the Council of Europe, discussed the impact of the EU’s accession to the European Convention of Human Rights both within and outside the EU.

The Cyprus negotiations at a crossroads
5 February 2010

At a breakfast briefing, Turkish Cypriot leader Mehmet Ali Talat discussed progress made in negotiations in Cyprus in addition to mentioning ways in which the EU can help the situation.

Turkish Foreign Policy - Roundtable
27 January 2010

At this Roundtable discussion, Murat Mercan, Chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee in the Turkish Grand Assembly, gave an overview of recent developments in Turkish foreign policy.

Priorities of the Spanish Presidency to the EU
8 December 2009

The Spanish Presidency of the EU will be “unique”, as it falls during the transitional period between the ‘Nice Treaty’ and the Lisbon Treaty institutional structure of the EU, and during a time of economic crisis, said Diego López Garrido, Secretary of State for EU Affairs at a Policy Briefing.

Walking westwards: Turkey's European vocation
3 December 2009

Turkey is striving for the same values and goals as the EU and its current reform programme will make the country a better democracy and peace-builder, said Egemen Bağış, Turkish Minister for EU Affairs and Chief Negotiator, at a Policy Briefing.

Visa liberalisation in the Balkans: time for the breakthrough
19 November 2009

Visa liberalisation in the Balkans is the best example of EU conditionality, said speakers at a Policy Dialogue.

In Europe we trust? Public opinion in the Balkans
17 November 2009

The panel discussing the Balkans painted a gloomy picture about the regions long-term EU prospects, indicating that eventual EU membership was by no means a certainty. Giuliano Amato, the former Italian Prime Minister told a Dialogue that Balkan overtures towards the West regarding accession had all the appearance of a reluctant marriage in which the partners' passion fades before they reach the altar.

The 'State of Europe' 20 years after the fall of the Berlin Wall
5 November 2009

The fall of the Berlin Wall and the ‘heady’ liberation of Eastern European countries were totally unexpected, as was the speed at which they transformed themselves into free-market economies, said speakers at a Policy Dialogue, organised in cooperation with Bertelsmann Stiftung.

Turkish foreign policy: where is it headed?
30 October 2009

In recent years Turkey has adopted a proactive, multi-polar foreign policy with soft power initiatives toward the Middle East, the Caucasus, Russia and beyond, said speakers at a Policy Dialogue, held in cooperation with TUSKON.

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Programme Team

Director of Studies

Janis A. Emmanouilidis

Head of Programme 'European Politics and Institutions' & Senior Policy Analyst

Corina Stratulat

Project Leader of ‘Connecting Europe’ and ‘FutureLab Europe’

Julian Rappold

Senior Policy Analyst

Amanda Paul

Programme Assistant

Paul Butcher