Social Europe: moving forward but with small and cautious steps
17 July 2008
Fabian Zuleeg (Chief Executive and Chief Economist)

The underlying objectives of the European Commission’s recently published ‘Social Package’ chime strongly with the French EU Presidency’s emphasis on showing that Europe can do more to address its citizens’ concerns. But this Commentary by Fabian Zuleeg concludes that both its ambitions and content are somewhat limited.

Shoring up the EU's Mediterranean policy: where next?
3 July 2008
Rosa Balfour (Senior Adviser to EPC on Europe in the World)

In this Commentary by Rosa Balfour points out, after much rhetoric, spin, and debate, the UfM bubble has burst to reveal much more limited ambitions, and many issues and open questions remain.

Making Bosnia and Herzegovina's transformation irreversible
24 June 2008

This Policy Brief by Lidija Topic argues that while the SAA gives BH a contractual relationship with the Union - a crucial building-block towards making its transformation “irreversible” - the continuation of this process is not automatic and BH must now prove its ability to implement the agreement.

A time to heal
23 June 2008

The June 2008 European Council was transformed by Ireland’s ‘No’ to the Lisbon Treaty into a crisis summit, but failed to give a clear direction to the whole process after the Irish shock. Although the opening page of the Presidency Conclusions focuses entirely on the Treaty, it in fact says very little.

Cyprus: heading for a solution?
18 June 2008
Amanda Paul (Senior Policy Analyst)

This Commentary by Amanda Akçakoca argues that while both sides will need to demonstrate levels of political will hitherto unseen, be ready to scale back their demands, abstain from playing the blame game and be resilient to nationalistic attacks, the new momentum provides a unique window of opportunity that should not be missed.

The Balkans in Europe: containment or transformation? Twelve ideas for action
17 June 2008
Rosa Balfour (Senior Adviser to EPC on Europe in the World)

On the eve of an EU Summit which will discuss the Western Balkan countries’ membership hopes, this Working Paper suggests 12 ideas to guide future action by the Union and countries in the region.

The spectre of stagflation
13 June 2008
Hans Martens (Senior Adviser to EPC on energy, public service reform and CHES) and Fabian Zuleeg (Chief Executive and Chief Economist)

This Commentary, by Hans Martens and Fabian Zuleeg, argues that Europe is still far from stagflation, but if the current crisis encourages Europeans to coordinate their structural and fiscal policies more closely, some good might still come from it.

Is the health of the Single Market under threat?
2 June 2008

Amid warnings that the impact of unhealthy lifestyles on public finances could be “as bad as climate change”, this Policy Brief by Marie-Hélène Fandel warns that our waistlines, hearts and lungs (and government budgets) may not be the only casualty of all this.

Embracing the Polish plumber: (belated) solidarity or (naked) self-interest?
29 May 2008

As France lifts the restrictions imposed on the free movement of workers from the eight Central and Eastern European countries which joined the EU in 2004, this commentary by Karolina Sitek assesses the impact of increased migration flows in the EU on both the ‘old’ EU-15 and new Member States, examines why some governments which initially opposed unlimited free movement are changing their minds, and suggests a more inclusive approach to migration which capitalises on the benefits of increased mobility.

Revisiting the European Security Strategy - beyond 2008
23 April 2008

This Policy Brief by Antonio Missiroli argues that the text has stood the test of time remarkably well, but some minor adjustments may be needed and some new elements added to ensure better implementation.

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