European Politics and Institutions

The world in 2009: a year for Europe?
27 January 2009

Europe without the Balkans would be incomplete and European integration is the only way Greece’s neighbours can escape their past and engage with the world, Dora Bakoyannis, Greek Minister for Foreign Affairs, told a Breakfast Briefing.

Eurostars and Eurocities: free movement and mobility in an integrated Europe
27 January 2009

The right of free movement between EU Member States is a key aspect of EU integration, but only 2-4% of Europeans actually take advantage of it and many find it harder than they anticipated, given the complexities of arranging housing, pensions and childcare, Professor Adrian Favell told an EPC Sixty-Minute Briefing.

The struggles of contemporary Turkey
27 January 2009

Turkey is undergoing rapid change, freedom of speech has increased, old taboos are breaking down and civil society is now more involved in politics, speakers told a Policy Dialogue, held in cooperation with the European Stability Initiative, the King Baudouin Foundation and the Compagnia de San Paolo.

Will Serbia catch the EU train?
26 January 2009

Serbia may no longer be “the last car in the Balkan express” to EU membership, speakers told a Policy Dialogue.

Turkey-EU relations
19 January 2009

EU membership remains a top priority for Turkey, and Ankara is being “decisive” in making the reforms that will move this forward, Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan told a Breakfast Policy Briefing.

Priorities of the Czech Presidency of the EU
16 December 2008

The three e’s – the economy, energy and external relations – will be the incoming Czech Presidency’s three priorities, Milena Vicenová, the country’s Permanent Representative to the EU, told a Breakfast Policy Briefing.

Ireland and the Lisbon Treaty
8 December 2008

Irish Foreign Minister Micheál Martin, speaking at the start of “an extremely important week” for the EU and Ireland, said he was hopeful that the 11-12 December EU Summit would be able to agree a “road map on the way forward” on the Lisbon Treaty.

Giving the citizens a voice in the current economic crisis
3 December 2008

The European Citizens’ Consultations 2009 will enable thousands of people across Europe to discuss what role the EU can play in shaping our economic and social future - through an online forum and national consultations in every EU Member State, culminating in a European Citizens’ Summit on the eve of the Euro-elections.

Campaigners against the EU: who, where, how and why?
2 December 2008

Euroscepticism is increasing, but this might actually be “a good thing” as it prompts a more serious debate on European issues, speakers told a Policy Dialogue.

Empowerment of Muslim women: reality or wishful thinking?
27 November 2008

A growing movement of scholars are reinterpreting Islamic texts to argue for family law reforms to ensure equal treatment of Muslim men and women, speakers told a Policy Dialogue, in cooperation with the King Baudouin Foundation with support from the US Mission.

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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