Social Europe: advancing or retreating in the economic crisis?
23 February 2009

Europe's social dimension has always been an integral aspect of EU policies and has never been as relevant as it is today, in the midst of a severe economic downturn, Nikolaus van der Pas, Director-General for Employment, Social Affairs and Equal Opportunities, European Commission, told a Sixty-Minute Briefing.


2009 EU Presidency: a first Czech-up
18 February 2009

The start of the Czech EU Presidency was dominated by two “sharp and slippery turns” - the Gaza conflict and the Russia-Ukraine gas dispute - and the Presidency intervened decisively to help resolve these crises, Czech Deputy Prime Minister Alexandr Vondra told a Breakfast Briefing.


India-Pakistan relations: from tension to cooperation?
17 February 2009

Pakistan and India need to overcome their mutual hostility and differences, and change national borders “from barbed-wire fences into gateways”, speakers told a Policy Dialogue.


Boosting Europe's knowledge economy
16 February 2009

The economic crisis could be an opportunity for Europe to create more, faster and smarter, as “innovation is the name of the game”, Education, Training, Culture and Youth Commissioner Ján Figel' told a debate held in the context of the European Year of Creativity and Innovation, organised in cooperation with the European Commission.


Building a healthy Europe: challenges and opportunities
13 February 2009

Keep the population healthy boosts the economy, so EU governments should not cut health budgets during the financial crisis, Androulla Vassiliou, European Commissioner for Health, told a Breakfast Briefing.


The Regional Cooperation Council: South East Europe one year on and the challenges ahead
10 February 2009

Political leaders in South East Europe must take responsibility for ensuring that the region can continue to advance, Hido Bisčević, Secretary General of the Regional Cooperation Council, told a Breakfast Briefing.


Challenges for the European Parliament in a year of change
10 February 2009

The European Parliament has notched up some notable successes since the last Euro-elections in 2004, leaders of the three largest political groups in the Parliament agreed at a special debate.


Turkey-EU relations: the opposition's view
10 February 2009

Turkey’s membership negotiations with the EU are “practically stagnating” and need new impetus, with a more solid promise from Europe and a target date for membership in a foreseeable future, Deniz Baykal, President of the Turkish Republican People’s Party (CHP), told a Policy Briefing.


The world in 2009: a year for Europe?
27 January 2009

Europe without the Balkans would be incomplete and European integration is the only way Greece’s neighbours can escape their past and engage with the world, Dora Bakoyannis, Greek Minister for Foreign Affairs, told a Breakfast Briefing.


Eurostars and Eurocities: free movement and mobility in an integrated Europe
27 January 2009

The right of free movement between EU Member States is a key aspect of EU integration, but only 2-4% of Europeans actually take advantage of it and many find it harder than they anticipated, given the complexities of arranging housing, pensions and childcare, Professor Adrian Favell told an EPC Sixty-Minute Briefing.


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