Wishful thinking?
16 December 2006

This analysis explains the lack of fireworks at the Council and the Finnish Presidency’s achievements do not mean that all the EU’s troubles are over: 2006 has undoubtedly been a better year than 2005, but there is still ample room for improvement.


Global trade governance: the WTO at a crossroads
4 December 2006

This Working Paper by Rorden Wilkinson, Raimund Raith, Robert Howse and Kalypso Nicolaidis highlights just how much is at stake in the negotiations.


EU-Turkey relations 43 years on: train crash or temporary derailment?
30 November 2006
Amanda Paul (Senior Policy Analyst)

This Issue Paper by Amanda Akçakoca charts the history of relations between the two sides, assesses the state of play in Turkey’s reform process and warns that domestic issues are likely to distract the government from membership negotiations over the coming year, whatever the outcome of the current crisis.


'Old' Europe, new Europe? Demography, labour markets and social policies
15 November 2006

The rapid ageing of Europe’s population poses significant challenges, but is not just a threat. It also provides opportunities to develop a more inclusive labour market and build a more equal, knowledge-based society, argues this Policy Brief by Katerina Rüdiger.


Great expectations - Post-Summit Analysis
24 October 2006

This analysis explains, it was a disappointment when judged on the basis of the progress which could - and should - have been made, particularly in addressing the urgent issue of what needs to be done to foster innovation in Europe.


Towards a Common European Asylum Policy
17 October 2006

This Issue Paper by Stefano Bertozzi and Ferruccio Pastore assesses the progress made so far in developing a Common European Asylum Policy, highlights the work which still needs to be done, and warns that both effective implementation and political commitment are essential to the process.


Absorption capacity: old wine in new bottles?
25 September 2006

On the eve of the European Commission’s report on whether Bulgaria and Romania are ready to join the EU in January 2007, Guillaume Durand and Antonio Missiroli consider the vexed question of the Union’s capacity to absorb new members.


The EU and ASEM: gesture politics or fruitful dialogue?
8 September 2006

The forthcoming ASEM summit is seen as an important link in the chain of Asia-Europe relations, but what practical benefits does the process have for interregional cooperation? Over the past decade, it has strengthened dialogue between the two sides, but has also been criticised as a ‘talking shop’. This Policy Brief by Jonas Knops argues that if the process is to remain significant, Europeans needs to devote more time and effort to it.


Russia on the eve of the G8 summit
10 July 2006
Fraser Cameron (Senior Adviser to EPC on international programmes)

This Policy Brief by Fraser Cameron argues that the EU has a long-term interest in a stable, peaceful, democratic Russia and what it needs, above all, is a united approach: neither blind Russia-bashing, nor supine acquiescence, but a sustained commitment to a relationship which strikes the right balance between rapprochement and distance.


Security sector reform in the Balkans: a key to ending conflict
28 June 2006

Security sector reform is essential in post-conflict countries in the Balkans to achieve sustainable peace, argues Lucia Montanaro-Jankovski in this Policy Brief.


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