Upgrading the EU's role as global actor
25 January 2011
Rosa Balfour (Senior Adviser to EPC on Europe in the World)

In response to globalisation and the new multi-polar balance of power, a new book by a team of Brussels and Leuven-based researchers argues that the EU should build up a world-class diplomatic corps, capable of becoming a major actor in global affairs, drawing on the enabling provisions contained in the Treaty of Lisbon.

In danger of breakdown: is the EU approaching budget stalemate?
24 January 2011
Fabian Zuleeg (Chief Executive and Chief Economist)

This issue paper by Chief Economist Fabian Zuleeg on the coming negotiations for the EU multi-annual financial framework charts the difficult economic, political and institutional context, which might well result in budget stalemate, with disastrous consequences for the delivery of EU policy priorities.

Working inside out: what role for Special Envoys in the European External Action Service?
24 January 2011
Cornelius Adebahr (Political analyst and entrepreneur working on European foreign policy; Associate in the Europe Programme at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace; Associate Fellow of the Research Institute of the German Council on Foreign Relations (DGAP))

With the creation of the European External Action Service (EEAS) in December 2010, this Policy Brief by Cornelius Adebahr questions the actions taken so far and looks at the immediate challenges to the EUSR mandates, and outlines criteria for a strategic use of the EUSRs as an effective instrument of a strong diplomatic service.

What do citizens want? What survey results reveal about values, attitudes and preferences
11 January 2011
Benedetta Guerzoni (Former Programme Assistant at the EPC), Eric Harrison (Senior Lecturer in Quantitative Sociology, City University of London), Elissa Sibley (External authors) and Sotiria Theodoropoulou (External authors)

What kind of Social Europe do European citizens want to maximise their well-being in the future? This issue paper by Eric Harrison, Elissa Sibley, Sotiria Theodoropoulou and Benedetta Guerzoni attempts to answer this question, by analysing the results of several social surveys.

Adding pieces to the European economic governance puzzle - Post-Summit Analysis
20 December 2010
Janis A. Emmanouilidis (Director of Studies)

In this post-summit analysis, Janis A. Emmanouilidis argues that EU leaders were justified in heralding the decision to establish a European Stability Mechanism as a major success.

Political trends and priorities 2011-2012
17 December 2010
Rosa Balfour (Senior Adviser to EPC on Europe in the World), Janis A. Emmanouilidis (Director of Studies) and Fabian Zuleeg (Chief Executive and Chief Economist)

In the context of this deep crisis, this Issue Paper by Rosa Balfour, Janis A. Emmanouilidis and Fabian Zuleeg provides an ex ante analysis of political trends and priorities in 2011 and 2012.

Enhancing the well-being of Europe's citizens: hard choices?
17 December 2010
Claire Dhéret (Head of Social Europe & Well-being programme and Senior Policy Analyst) and Fabian Zuleeg (Chief Executive and Chief Economist)

This Working Paper written by Fabian Zuleeg with Claire Dhéret and Benedetta Guerzoni also discusses the implications of different policy choices which are most likely to deliver a higher level of well-being to Europeans.

The European Citizens' Initiative: next step, implementation
16 December 2010
Janis A. Emmanouilidis (Director of Studies) and Corina Stratulat (Head of European Politics and Institutions programme and Senior Policy Analyst)

The authors of this commentary, Corina Stratulat and Janis A. Emmanouilidis, argue that the final rules will place politically sensitive burdens on the Commission while offering the EP new opportunities to engage with its voters.

Parliamentary elections in the Republic of Moldova: a three-way test
2 December 2010
Corina Stratulat (Head of European Politics and Institutions programme and Senior Policy Analyst)

In this Commentary, Corina Stratulat argues that the result of the Republic of Moldova's recent elections poses a three-way test for the country, Russia and the EU.

Beyond austerity
26 November 2010
Fabian Zuleeg (Chief Executive and Chief Economist)

This commentary by Fabian Zuleeg takes the crisis in Ireland as its starting point and notes that euro zone troubles are continuing, with Portugal and Spain under fire from the markets.

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