The end of the beginning - Post-Summit Analysis
14 December 2009

This analysis argues that the Summit, along with the General Affairs and External Relations Council earlier in the week, nevertheless provided a comprehensive picture of the ‘state of the Union’ at the end of one era and the beginning of another, opening a new phase in the European integration process.


Implementing Lisbon: the EU Presidency's other (rotating) half
10 December 2009
Janis A. Emmanouilidis (Director of Studies)

The Lisbon Treaty, in force since 1 December, still left many grey areas to be clarified, one of the more tricky ones being the function of the six-monthly rotating EU Presidency in the next institutional architecture, say Antonio Missiroli and Janis Emmanouilidis in this Policy Brief.


What do citizens want? Well-being measurement and its importance for European social policy-making
9 December 2009
Fabian Zuleeg (Chief Executive and Chief Economist)

This Issue Paper by Sotiria Theodoropoulou with Fabian Zuleeg reviews the research on well-being measurement, identifies areas where it provides directions for policy-makers, and suggests ways of improving the measurement of well-being so it can provide a better indication of what citizens want.


Three cheers (and questions) for the new Commission
1 December 2009
Janis A. Emmanouilidis (Director of Studies)

In the new European Commission unveiled last week President Barroso achieved a virtuoso balancing act in political, geographic, personal and even gender terms, but the new set-up also raises unanswered questions, argue Antonio Missiroli and Janis Emmanouilidis in this Commentary.


Europe's foreign service: from design to delivery
25 November 2009

This Policy Brief by Graham Avery discusses the aims, structure and ‘mission statement’ of the new service.


Two cheers and one lesson for the EU
23 November 2009

The two new appointments created by the Lisbon Treaty - President of the European Council and High Representative - have been made. However, the way decisions were taken left much to be desired and partly disappointed public opinion, teaching important lessons for the next time, says Antonio Missiroli in this EPC Commentary.


Between Prague and Copenhagen - Post-Summit Analysis
2 November 2009

This analysis concludes that the Summit delivered results on the first two, although perhaps inevitably limited in the case of the EU’s common position on climate change, and that the parameters for choosing the first holders of the two new posts are now clearer.


A wider EU: what next
20 October 2009
Rosa Balfour (Senior Adviser to EPC on Europe in the World)

In this Commentary by Rosa Balfour argues that over the past five years the outgoing Commission has kept up the momentum of enlargement at a time of internal EU crisis.


Lisbon mission accomplished? Not yet...
5 October 2009
Janis A. Emmanouilidis (Director of Studies)

 This Commentary by Janis A. Emmanouilidis and Antonio Missiroli argues that this unique situation requires a combination of resolve and flexibility from all sides, and suggests a four-stage approach to dealing with the uncertainties surrounding the appointment of a new European Commission, and the holders of the new jobs created by the Treaty.


Turkish foreign policy - between East and West?
2 October 2009
Amanda Paul (Senior Policy Analyst)

This Policy Brief by Amanda Akçakoca argues that while Ankara is focusing more its own neighbourhood, its role as a key regional player and upgrading relations with Russia, it is unlikely to adopt an anti-Western foreign policy given the solid ties it has built with NATO, the US and the EU.


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