European growth and jobs in 2007
19 December 2006

Europe is beginning to exhibit positive signs of economic growth, with low inflation, unemployment at its lowest level for seven years and an increase in productivity. This has helped it to “rebalance” its position vis-à-vis the United States, speakers told a joint EPC-Hanns-Seidel-Stiftung Policy Dialogue.


The trouble with North Korea: views from Europe and Asia
15 December 2006

The international community and the countries involved in the Six-Party Talks, which will resume on 18 December, have “a lot of work to do” to resolve the impasse over North Korea’s recent nuclear test, speakers told a Policy Dialogue.


Life after Thaksin: is Thailand lost in transition?
14 December 2006

While “a coup is always a coup”, speakers at a joint EPC-Sasakawa Peace Foundation Policy Dialogue agreed that the political situation in Thailand had made one inevitable and acknowledged that it had been warmly welcomed by most of the Thai population.


Global Europe - social Europe
11 December 2006

A “truly global” Europe needs a “modern social vision” to accompany the drive towards open markets, European Commission President José Manuel Barroso told a joint EPC-Policy Network conference.


Priorities of the German Presidency
7 December 2006

The EU should try to reach agreement on what to do about the Constitutional Treaty by the end of 2007, in order to complete the ratification process before the June 2009 Euro-elections, H E Wilhelm Schönfelder, Germany’s Permanent Representative to the EU, told a Breakfast Policy Briefing.


Creative work - developing talent in Europe
6 December 2006

Europe needs to do more to harness and develop talent in its workforce, combining labour market flexibility with security, speakers told a Policy Dialogue.


The role of human security in foreign policy: what lessons for the EU?
5 December 2006

Security arrangements which only concentrate on military solutions cannot deal with today’s global threats to human security – and the need to protect the individual from fear and want, speakers told a Policy Dialogue.


Africa's Silk Road: China and India's new economic frontier?
30 November 2006

Chinese and Indian economic involvement in Africa is not a new phenomenon but is accelerating, and the continent needs to do more to ensure it capitalises on the opportunities this offers.


Economic recovery in the eurozone: how strong?
29 November 2006

The eurozone economy is on course for “moderate but sustained expansion”, but it faces significant challenges which need to be addressed now to enable it to cope when the next downturn comes, Michael Deppler, Director of the International Monetary Fund’s European Department, told a Breakfast Policy Briefing.


Development, democracy and human security: the challenge in Iraq
27 November 2006

While the situation in Iraq is “drastic”, both NGOs and the EU are working to rebuild the country, develop democracy and build civil society, speakers told a joint EPC-Solidar Policy Dialogue.


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