In Europe we trust? Public opinion in the Balkans
17 November 2009

The panel discussing the Balkans painted a gloomy picture about the regions long-term EU prospects, indicating that eventual EU membership was by no means a certainty. Giuliano Amato, the former Italian Prime Minister told a Dialogue that Balkan overtures towards the West regarding accession had all the appearance of a reluctant marriage in which the partners' passion fades before they reach the altar.


Global trade and the impact of the economic crisis
13 November 2009

Europe has survived the economic crisis, but realises that it marked a shift in the global economy from West to East, and the beginning of a new 21st century world order, said David O’Sullivan, Director-General for Trade, European Commission, at a breakfast briefing.


Putting Europe's economy back on track
9 November 2009

European businesses - big and small - are the key to European growth, and they must be allowed to develop without unnecessary regulation, said Jürgen R. Thumann, President of BUSINESSEUROPE, at a Sixty-Minute Briefing.


The 'State of Europe' 20 years after the fall of the Berlin Wall
5 November 2009

The fall of the Berlin Wall and the ‘heady’ liberation of Eastern European countries were totally unexpected, as was the speed at which they transformed themselves into free-market economies, said speakers at a Policy Dialogue, organised in cooperation with Bertelsmann Stiftung.


Turkish foreign policy: where is it headed?
30 October 2009

In recent years Turkey has adopted a proactive, multi-polar foreign policy with soft power initiatives toward the Middle East, the Caucasus, Russia and beyond, said speakers at a Policy Dialogue, held in cooperation with TUSKON.


December 2009 and EU-turkey relations
29 October 2009

Markos Kyprianou, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Republic of Cyprus discussed Turkey’s EU accession and the “Cyprus problem” at a Breakfast Briefing.


"New European" entrepreneurs: creating jobs, breaking stereotypes
27 October 2009

Ethnic minority entrepreneurs are emerging as key economic actors across the European Union, providing jobs both within and outside their community, agreed speakers at an EPC Policy Dialogue organised in cooperation with the United States Mission to the European Union.


Beyond the crisis: strategic options for Social Europe by 2030
27 October 2009

With the severe repercussions of the financial crisis, the public and policy-makers are rejecting the neo-liberal economic model and the idea that GDP is the primary measure of well-being, said speakers at the Well-being 2030 Inaugural Conference, a project co-financed by the European Commission.


EU enlargement: progress and prospects
22 October 2009

The EU enlargement programme continues to achieve progress despite the delays over ratifying the Lisbon Treaty, as all candidate and potential candidate countries have made progress, agreed speakers at a Policy Dialogue.


Post-election challenges for civil society in Afghanistan
16 October 2009

Given the reported wide-scale fraud in the Afghanistan Presidential elections, the country has a year to turn the country round by cutting corruption, improving the rule of law and restoring the people’s faith in democracy, speakers agreed at a Policy Dialogue.


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