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.


The US in 2008
5 June 2008

The economic downturn and continuing security concerns stemming from 9/11 will be the dominant issues in the US Presidential campaign, although the environment, healthcare, free trade, tax and social security will also be important, John Bruton, European Commission Ambassador to the United States, told a Sixty-Minute Briefing.


The Beijing Olympics: a driver for reform or a mask for modernity?
5 June 2008

The Beijing Olympic Games will demonstrate the two sides of China - the enormous progress the country has made over the last 30 years but also the ‘alarming’ levels of uneven development and the environmental consequences of its rapid economic development, Dr Minxin Pei,Senior Adviser at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, told a Policy Briefing.


New turbulence for transatlantic flights? Civil liberties, open skies and EU-US aviation
3 June 2008

Air travel is so common that it is like a “bus in the sky”, and the new EU-US Open Skies Agreement enables citizens to “travel effortlessly” between the EU and US, and brings other benefits, speakers told a Policy Dialogue.


Behaving responsibly: are European companies undermining or contributing to good governance in Africa?
2 June 2008

Africa is a continent with great mineral and natural wealth, but corruption prevents it realising its true potential, speakers told a Policy Briefing.


Crime and governance: challenges for the Balkans
29 May 2008

Crime levels in the Western Balkans have dropped considerably as the region stablises, but corruption is still a serous concern and “lubricates” the link between politics, business and organised crime, speakers told a Policy Dialogue.


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