European Politics and Institutions

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.

December 2009 and EU-turkey relations
29 October 2009

Markos Kyprianou, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Republic of Cyprus discussed Turkey’s EU accession and the “Cyprus problem” at a Breakfast Briefing.

"New European" entrepreneurs: creating jobs, breaking stereotypes
27 October 2009

Ethnic minority entrepreneurs are emerging as key economic actors across the European Union, providing jobs both within and outside their community, agreed speakers at an EPC Policy Dialogue organised in cooperation with the United States Mission to the European Union.

EU enlargement: progress and prospects
22 October 2009

The EU enlargement programme continues to achieve progress despite the delays over ratifying the Lisbon Treaty, as all candidate and potential candidate countries have made progress, agreed speakers at a Policy Dialogue.

Human mobility, rights and development
13 October 2009

The new United Nations Development Report clearly illustrates the links between human rights, migration and development, and international human rights’ mechanisms should be used to protect migrants and their families at all stages of their journey, said speakers at a Policy Briefing.

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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