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.


Building democracy and fighting extremism in Pakistan: a role for the EU
1 April 2008

This Policy Brief by Shada Islam argues that while bringing Pakistan back from the brink will be difficult, the EU and Member State governments must engage rapidly with the country's new leaders and hammer out a fresh, long-term strategy for a stronger, more pro-active and multi-faceted role in Pakistan.


Asian Voices in Europe
31 March 2008

Over the past year, the EPC and the Sasakawa Peace Foundation have continued their ‘Asian Voices in Europe’, lecture series on economic, political and security developments in Asia and on EU-Asia relations.


Seeking a new international approach on Afghanistan and Pakistan
28 March 2008

The appointment of senior Norwegian diplomat Kai Eide as the long-awaited United Nations envoy for Afghanistan provides a unique opportunity to craft a new international strategy for the country, led by political rather than military goals and driven by a regional and comprehensive approach. In this commentary Shada Islam and Daniel Korski also argue in favour of greater international engagement with Pakistan’s new democratically-elected government which has promised to step up efforts to fight religious extremists.


Commissioners on the move
20 March 2008

With Markos Kyprianou’s resignation and Franco Frattini’s ‘unpaid leave’, two members of the Barroso Commission have left over a year before the end of their term of office. This Commentary by Antonio Missiroli and Jérôme Bacquias assesses the implications of this growing trend: the good news is that there now seems to be political life after Brussels; the bad that the Commission increasingly resembles an outgoing US administration, where the departure of key members towards the end of its term is considered almost a fact of life.


A harsh reality check for the EU
17 March 2008

This analysis concludes that European Commission President José Manuel Barroso’s claim that the EU had passed a “reality test” is premature. It also highlights the growing role given to the Commission in finding solutions to thorny issues which EU leaders cannot agree on.


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