Ireland and the Lisbon Treaty
8 December 2008

Irish Foreign Minister Micheál Martin, speaking at the start of “an extremely important week” for the EU and Ireland, said he was hopeful that the 11-12 December EU Summit would be able to agree a “road map on the way forward” on the Lisbon Treaty.


Stem cells: current action, research and funding in Europe - CHES Roundtable
5 December 2008

This roundtable discussed stem cell research and funding in Europe, and addressed the ethical aspects of stem cell research and its use.


Giving the citizens a voice in the current economic crisis
3 December 2008

The European Citizens’ Consultations 2009 will enable thousands of people across Europe to discuss what role the EU can play in shaping our economic and social future - through an online forum and national consultations in every EU Member State, culminating in a European Citizens’ Summit on the eve of the Euro-elections.


Campaigners against the EU: who, where, how and why?
2 December 2008

Euroscepticism is increasing, but this might actually be “a good thing” as it prompts a more serious debate on European issues, speakers told a Policy Dialogue.


Empowerment of Muslim women: reality or wishful thinking?
27 November 2008

A growing movement of scholars are reinterpreting Islamic texts to argue for family law reforms to ensure equal treatment of Muslim men and women, speakers told a Policy Dialogue, in cooperation with the King Baudouin Foundation with support from the US Mission.


The European Parliament at a crossroads
26 November 2008

The European Parliament can play an important role in helping the EU to weather the current economic storm and politicians should focus on this in the forthcoming Euro-elections, the Parliament’s former Secretary-General Sir Julian Priestly told a Sixty-Minute Briefing.


Justice, reconciliation and EU integration in the Western Balkans: the legacy of the ICTY
25 November 2008

Western Balkan countries’ hopes of joining the EU depend partly on their cooperation with the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY), by dealing seriously with war criminals and signalling that they cannot operate with impunity, as this is crucial to build reconciliation, speakers told a Policy Dialogue.


Can social dialogue help us through the current economic crisis?
19 November 2008

European Works Councils - a voluntary management-workforce consultation mechanism in trans-European companies - are an important element of social dialogue and could be a useful tool to help manage the inevitable restructuring of transnational companies in the current economic downturn, speakers agreed at a Policy Dialogue.


Public opinion in the Balkans: between hope and disenchantment
17 November 2008

Most people in the Balkans are very realistic about the prospects for eventual EU membership, recognising that major challenges lie ahead.


The EU and the Arctic: exploring uncharted territory?
13 November 2008

The EU is a “natural and legitimate player” in the Arctic region, which is growing in importance as new transportation routes are opening up and its energy resources could help strengthen EU security of supply, speakers told a Policy Dialogue.


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