European Politics and Institutions

The European Parliament at a crossroads
26 November 2008

The European Parliament can play an important role in helping the EU to weather the current economic storm and politicians should focus on this in the forthcoming Euro-elections, the Parliament’s former Secretary-General Sir Julian Priestly told a Sixty-Minute Briefing.

Justice, reconciliation and EU integration in the Western Balkans: the legacy of the ICTY
25 November 2008

Western Balkan countries’ hopes of joining the EU depend partly on their cooperation with the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY), by dealing seriously with war criminals and signalling that they cannot operate with impunity, as this is crucial to build reconciliation, speakers told a Policy Dialogue.

Public opinion in the Balkans: between hope and disenchantment
17 November 2008

Most people in the Balkans are very realistic about the prospects for eventual EU membership, recognising that major challenges lie ahead.

Countering youth radicalisation: what works, what doesn't?
29 October 2008

Many young people feel frustrated about political events, but only become radicalised when they are offered an extremist Islamist rhetoric that provides them with a “them and us” narrative, speakers agreed at a Policy Dialogue held in cooperation with the King Baudouin Foundation and supported by the US Mission to the EU.

The impact of the Immigration Pact: what future for amnesties in Europe?
7 October 2008

The EU’s new Immigration Pact is designed to reflect and respond to Europe’s “new realities”, but there are concerns about its impact on the key question of how to deal with ‘irregular’ migrants, speakers agreed at a Policy Dialogue.

The European Parliament: waiting for Lisbon
30 September 2008

The EU needs the Lisbon Treaty to function effectively with an enlarged membership and meet internal and external challenges - and it cannot move ahead until the uncertainty over the Treaty’s fate is resolved, Jean-Luc Dehaene, Belgian MEP and former Belgian Prime Minister, told a Sixty-Minute Briefing.

The role of civil society in EU immigration and integration policy: a two-way process?
24 September 2008

Civil society plays a significant role in European integration and immigration, so more should be done to strengthen their ability to advocate on behalf of migrants, particularly as they can foresee trends which institutions are unaware of, speakers told a Policy Dialogue.

Citizenship and integration contracts: a Gallic future for EU policy?
11 September 2008

The Immigration Pact to be discussed at the October EU Summit concentrates on border controls, combating illegal immigration and attracting highly-skilled workers. Many countries are also discussing ‘integration contracts’ or tests for migrants on arrival, but speakers at this Policy Dialogue said these are designed to control migrant behaviour, and do not encourage integration or acknowledge the positive contribution they make to their host country.

Turkish Cypriot vision for Cyprus
10 September 2008

He was “cautiously optimistic” that an agreement could be reached on the reunification of Cyprus within the next year, as much has already been achieved and both parties are committed to continuing “until the end”, Turkish Cypriot leader Mehmet Ali Talat told a Breakfast Briefing on 10 September.

Transition from the European periphery to the European core
5 September 2008

After a “horrible 20th century”, the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYR Macedonia) is ready to join the EU and NATO, Deputy Prime Minister Ivica Bocevski insisted 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