Radicalisation of Muslim youth: a self-fulfilling prophecy?
25 June 2008

The EU must confront the threat of Jihadism through national security policies to prevent more terrorist attacks in Europe, long-term EU measures to address the tensions which fan this violence, and measures to prevent it spreading outside Europe’s borders, Walid Phares, Visiting Fellow at the European Foundation for Democracy, told a Policy Briefing.


Tackling Afghanistan's security and development dilemma
24 June 2008

The international community must give a long-term commitment to help rebuild Afghanistan, but Afghan leaders must be in the driving seat in strengthening the country’s institutions, and stamping out corruption and opium production, speakers agreed at a Policy Dialogue.


New initiatives from the EIB for SME financing
20 June 2008

Small- and medium-sized enterprises are the key drivers of the modern European economy, and the European Investment Bank supports them through ‘Global Loans’ to banking intermediaries which then ‘lend on’ to SMEs, and through the European Investment Fund, which lends to commercial banks, EIB President Philippe Maystadt told a Breakfast Briefing.


My vision for the reunification of Cyprus
19 June 2008

Cyprus should be one state with “a single sovereignty, single citizenship and a single international personality”, not a confederation of two states, Demetris Christofias, President of the Republic of Cyprus, told a Breakfast Briefing.


The Balkans in Europe: containment or transformation?
17 June 2008

The emphasis of the EU’s Balkan policy should move from containment to transformation, and it should send a positive message that the Union’s “door is open” to countries in the region.


Building democracy in Pakistan: a role for the EU and the US
16 June 2008

The recent elections in Pakistan could hail a “new dawn” in Pakistani politics, provided the new government takes immediate steps to strengthen the legal system, develop a new economic model, build state institutions and improve basic services, speakers told an EPC-Sasakawa Peace Foundation Policy Dialogue.


Priorities of the French Presidency of the EU
13 June 2008

Speaking at a Breakfast Briefing, just hours before the result was known, Pierre Sellal said the French priorities - immigration, climate change, defence and agricultural policy - would not be directly affected by the referendum. But Europe would need “an extra push” if the Treaty was rejected.


Demonstrating the economic value of the non-profit sector for society
12 June 2008

The non-profit sector is growing in every country and employs 14% of the national workforce in some EU Member States. Despite this, surprisingly little is known about its contribution to the economy, speakers told an EPC-King Baudouin Foundation Policy Dialogue.


Europe's economy
11 June 2008

The EU has led global integration and open markets through the example of its dynamic economy, and should now take the lead on solving climate change and energy problems, Peter Sutherland, Chairman of BP and Goldman Sachs International, told a Breakfast Policy Briefing.


The role of ethics in shaping health policy - CHES Annual Lecture
5 June 2008

Ensuring Europe’s citizens enjoy as many ‘healthy life years’ as possible is an EU objective, so priorities and mechanisms must be developed to achieve this, Robert Madelin, Director-General for Health and Consumers, European Commission, said in the CHES first Annual Lecture.


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