A battle against decline? EU defence after the European Council
17 December 2012
Andrea Frontini (Former Policy Analyst at the EPC)

This Commentary by Andrea Frontini argues that the time has come for EU leaders either to get more serious about defence integration in Europe or simply live with its ineluctable, and quite dangerous, military decline.


Risky tactics and bad examples: EU enlargement decisions postponed
17 December 2012
Rosa Balfour (Senior Adviser to EPC on Europe in the World)

EU leaders’ decisions at their summit of 13-14 December regarding the Balkan countries EU accession prospects were not the best example of peace prize winners, writes Rosa Balfour in this Commentary.


Human rights violations in the field of migration: a collective responsibility
10 December 2012
Yves Pascouau (Senior Adviser to EPC on migration and mobility policies)

In this policy area, migrants' human rights are being violated in some EU member states, with appropriate measures to put an end to such violations not always being taken. In this Policy Brief, Yves Pascouau outlines the current problems and proposes solutions to remedy the situation.


The enlargement of the European Union
10 December 2012
Rosa Balfour (Senior Adviser to EPC on Europe in the World) and Corina Stratulat (Head of European Politics and Institutions programme and Senior Policy Analyst)

In this Discussion Paper, Rosa Balfour and Corina Stratulat focus on some of the lessons learnt and not learnt in the context of EU enlargement.


UK-EU relationship: Making the case for 'associate membership'
6 December 2012
Andrew Duff (President of the Spinelli Group; Former Member of the European Parliament 1999-2014)

Associate membership could offer Britain an alternative relationship with the European Union as the euro crisis forges a more federal Europe, writes UK Liberal Democrat MEP Andrew Duff, president of the Union of European Federalists (UEF).  


Geopolitics will keep Britain and mainland Europe together
5 December 2012
James Rogers (External authors)

The British Isles and mainland Europe are destined to remain wed. The EU needs reforming – wasteful agricultural subsidies need to be scrapped; infrastructure and high-tech economic activity needs to receive the bulk of the European budget – but British self-disengagement or attempts by other Europeans to push London out are not viable options, argues James Rogers of the Baltic Defence College.


Palestine's UN status change: what comes next?
3 December 2012
Eberhard Rhein (Senior Adviser to EPC on neighbourhood policy)

The UN’s decision to upgrade the status of the Palestinian Authority in the General Assembly from ‘observer’ to ‘non-member observer state’ status may ease the path towards full UN membership for Palestine, writes Eberhard Rhein in this Commentary.


The implications of an EU fiscal union for local and regional authorities
3 December 2012
Claire Dhéret (Head of Social Europe & Well-being programme and Senior Policy Analyst) and Francesco Nicoli (Former Programme Assistant at the EPC)

In this report, Claire Dhéret, Francesco Nicoli and Fabian Zuleeg analyse the implications of the integration of the European fiscal and budgetary governance for LRAs. The aim of this report is to provide a useful tool to frame the discussion concerning the opportunities and challenges that a full-fledged fiscal union may raise in Europe.


An independence vote for Scotland – time to consider the European and foreign policy implications
27 November 2012
Richard G. Whitman (Professor Politics and International Relations, Director, Europe Centre, University of Kent; Associate Fellow, Chatham House)

Professor Richard G. Whitman of the University of Kent warns that the prestige of the UK as a successful multinational state could be compromised by the secession of Scotland and the subsequent uncertainty over whether further secessions might follow, potentially causing some to question the status of the rump UK on the international stage.


Time to dismantle barriers to green trade
26 November 2012
Romain Pardo (Former Policy Analyst at the EPC)

The EU must seize the opportunity to finally step up as a leader in promoting the global green trade liberalisation agenda, argues Romain Pardo in this Commentary.


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