The current financial crisis: challenges and policy responses
12 November 2008

The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) is preparing a “two-pillar” action plan for governments, as part of a global response to the world financial crisis, calling for tighter regulation and oversight of financial markets and improved national policies to promote economic growth, its Secretary-General Angel Gurria told a Breakfast Briefing.


Countering youth radicalisation: what works, what doesn't?
29 October 2008

Many young people feel frustrated about political events, but only become radicalised when they are offered an extremist Islamist rhetoric that provides them with a “them and us” narrative, speakers agreed at a Policy Dialogue held in cooperation with the King Baudouin Foundation and supported by the US Mission to the EU.


Health and privacy: personal health data as an asset to better care for patients - CHES Roundtable
29 October 2008

This roundtable discussion addressed how personal data is collected and used, and what are the necessary safeguards and opportunities offered by data analysis techniques in the field of health.


The future of development policy
22 October 2008

With a plethora of development cooperation programmes, it is “an exciting time for development” and future funding will be based on a “country-ownership” - from government down to the local level and a “results-based” approach, speakers told a Roundtable.


Doing business in China and the EU: opportunities and pitfalls
22 October 2008

EU-China relations are “deep and dynamic”, and bilateral trade is growing by 20% annually, speakers told a Policy Dialogue.


Injecting new momentum into ASEM: an uphill struggle?
20 October 2008

The global financial crisis will dominate the 24-25 October ASEM 7 Summit and the organisation must deliver a coordinated response to demonstrate its relevance and show that it is more then just a useful discussion forum, speakers told a Policy Dialogue organised with the Sasakawa Peace Foundation (SPF).


Georgia on the EU's mind
14 October 2008

Events this summer have consolidated EU-Georgian relations, as the population feel that the Union’s quick, decisive actions saved the country from foreign occupation and the EU now feels it can play a role in the Caucasus, said former Georgian Foreign Minister Salomé Zourabichvili at a Policy Briefing.


Azerbaijan and the EU in the new geo-strategic context
8 October 2008

Azerbaijan is a growing economic and strategic energy power in the Caucasus and lies at the gates of Central Asia, and the EU needs to redefine its relations with Baku for strategic political and economic reasons and to guarantee future energy supplies, speakers told a Policy Dialogue organised in collaboration with the Institute for Strategic Studies, Ljubljana.


The impact of the Immigration Pact: what future for amnesties in Europe?
7 October 2008

The EU’s new Immigration Pact is designed to reflect and respond to Europe’s “new realities”, but there are concerns about its impact on the key question of how to deal with ‘irregular’ migrants, speakers agreed at a Policy Dialogue.


Asian regional deals: spur or obstacle to free trade?
6 October 2008

Many of the free trade agreements that have been negotiated or are being negotiated by Asian countries and the EU are in fact “trade light” because they reflect foreign policy and political imperatives rather than economic goals, speakers agreed at a Dialogue.


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