Iran & non-proliferation: challenges and opportunities
2 October 2008

As a signatory to the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty, Iran has a right to a uranium enrichment programme and has always agreed to stringent International Atomic Energy Agency inspections, speakers told a Policy Dialogue.


The European Parliament: waiting for Lisbon
30 September 2008

The EU needs the Lisbon Treaty to function effectively with an enlarged membership and meet internal and external challenges - and it cannot move ahead until the uncertainty over the Treaty’s fate is resolved, Jean-Luc Dehaene, Belgian MEP and former Belgian Prime Minister, told a Sixty-Minute Briefing.


Mental Health in Europe: Policy Options for the Future - CHES Roundtable
30 September 2008

Mental ill-health is an important challenge for national health systems in the EU. It has significant implications in terms of social cohesion (marginalisation and stigma) and also has a broader economic impact (lower quality of life and productivity). Mental ill-health is among the top three reasons for absence from work and a leading reason for people taking early retirement or a disablement pension. Designing policy measures and strategies to tackle issues associated with mental ill-health is crucial, but finding effective tools and approaches is most challenging.


The role of civil society in EU immigration and integration policy: a two-way process?
24 September 2008

Civil society plays a significant role in European integration and immigration, so more should be done to strengthen their ability to advocate on behalf of migrants, particularly as they can foresee trends which institutions are unaware of, speakers told a Policy Dialogue.


Comment relancer la croissance en zone euro
17 September 2008

The most important measures to boost economic growth and reduce inflation in the euro zone are to restore consumer confidence and push Eurogroup members to coordinate their fiscal policies, Jean-Claude Juncker, Prime Minister of Luxembourg and President of the Eurogroup, told a Breakfast Policy Briefing.


Citizenship and integration contracts: a Gallic future for EU policy?
11 September 2008

The Immigration Pact to be discussed at the October EU Summit concentrates on border controls, combating illegal immigration and attracting highly-skilled workers. Many countries are also discussing ‘integration contracts’ or tests for migrants on arrival, but speakers at this Policy Dialogue said these are designed to control migrant behaviour, and do not encourage integration or acknowledge the positive contribution they make to their host country.


Turkish Cypriot vision for Cyprus
10 September 2008

He was “cautiously optimistic” that an agreement could be reached on the reunification of Cyprus within the next year, as much has already been achieved and both parties are committed to continuing “until the end”, Turkish Cypriot leader Mehmet Ali Talat told a Breakfast Briefing on 10 September.


Transition from the European periphery to the European core
5 September 2008

After a “horrible 20th century”, the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYR Macedonia) is ready to join the EU and NATO, Deputy Prime Minister Ivica Bocevski insisted at a Policy Briefing.


Russia on the global stage
3 September 2008

Events in Georgia have highlighted the need to strengthen EU-Russia relations, but sadly the West prefers to “contain” Russia, rather than working with it as an emerging strategic partner, said Ambassador Vladimir Chizhov at a Sixty-Minute Briefing.


Europe's future approach to globalisation: engagement, denial or protection?
16 July 2008

Europe must engage with the changing world by “shaping” globalisation rather than hiding from it, speakers told a Policy Dialogue.


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