Muslims in the media: image, representation and access
20 September 2006

The media is crucial in determining public perceptions of European Muslims and the focus in most press coverage of Islam on its political and violent manifestations is fuelling anti-Muslim sentiment, speakers agreed at a joint EPC-KBF-British Council-Forum of European Muslim Youth and Student Organisations (FEMYSO) Dialogue.


Iran, North Korea and WMD: can we make the world a safer place?
19 September 2006

While the international community sees Iran’s wish to develop nuclear fuel as a smokescreen for a future nuclear weapons’ programme, the evidence is “hardly conclusive”, argued Dr Hans Blix, Chairman of the Weapons of Mass Destruction Commission at a Breakfast Policy Briefing.


Ukraine: living up to the European dream
18 September 2006

The Ukrainian government has embarked on a very ambitious reform programme which will create a strong, stable and prosperous state on the EU’s eastern border, Ukrainian Prime Minister Viktor Yanukovych told a Policy Briefing.


Can the Constitution be saved? If so, how and by whom?
15 September 2006

The EU's Constitutional Treaty is dead in its current form and the question now is how much of it can be salvaged, speakers agreed at a Policy Dialogue.


EU-Asia relations in the wake of the ASEM summit
14 September 2006

Last weekend’s Asia-Europe Meeting was a success, with a series of significant agreements including the decision to bring in new members on both sides, speakers told a joint EPC-Sasakawa Peace Foundation Policy Dialogue.


Fighting corruption: patterns in Eastern Europe and in Central Asia
12 September 2006

Corruption is the “number one concern” for businesses and private citizens in transition countries, speakers agreed at a joint EPC-KBF-World Bank Policy Dialogue.


Slovakia after the June elections
11 September 2006

Slovak’s new government intends to establish an ‘economically efficient welfare state’, while maintaining budgetary discipline and joining the euro zone in 2009, Robert Fico, Prime Minister of Slovakia, told a Policy Briefing.


Narrowing the divide: regional policy as an instrument for boosting Europe's competitiveness?
19 July 2006

A modern, reformed regional policy is vital to respond to the challenges of globalisation, Danuta Hübner, the European Commissioner for Regional Policy, told a Breakfast Policy Briefing.


Trade liberalisation or erosion of preferences? The impact of, and prospects for, 'everything but arms'
6 July 2006

The Least Developed Countries have benefited from the EU’s ‘Everything But Arms’ initiative since it was introduced five years ago and it should not be watered down, speakers told a Policy Dialogue.


Economic prospects for Africa
4 July 2006

The international community has not lived up to the promises it made in 2005 and Africa still faces huge problems, with slow economic growth overall and rising poverty levels in the sub-Saharan region, John Page, The World Bank’s Chief Economist for Africa, told a Policy Briefing.


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