The Beijing Olympics: a driver for reform or a mask for modernity?
5 June 2008

The Beijing Olympic Games will demonstrate the two sides of China - the enormous progress the country has made over the last 30 years but also the ‘alarming’ levels of uneven development and the environmental consequences of its rapid economic development, Dr Minxin Pei,Senior Adviser at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, told a Policy Briefing.


New turbulence for transatlantic flights? Civil liberties, open skies and EU-US aviation
3 June 2008

Air travel is so common that it is like a “bus in the sky”, and the new EU-US Open Skies Agreement enables citizens to “travel effortlessly” between the EU and US, and brings other benefits, speakers told a Policy Dialogue.


Behaving responsibly: are European companies undermining or contributing to good governance in Africa?
2 June 2008

Africa is a continent with great mineral and natural wealth, but corruption prevents it realising its true potential, speakers told a Policy Briefing.


Crime and governance: challenges for the Balkans
29 May 2008

Crime levels in the Western Balkans have dropped considerably as the region stablises, but corruption is still a serous concern and “lubricates” the link between politics, business and organised crime, speakers told a Policy Dialogue.


Navigating Europe's economy through turbulence
28 May 2008

Ten years after the launch of European Monetary Union, the euro is an “astounding success” and has helped to maintain stability in the current financial turmoil, speakers agreed at an EPC-European Economic Governance Monitor Policy Dialogue.


Poland's new foreign policy
26 May 2008

Poland has launched a joint initiative with Sweden to enhance the European Neighbourhood Policy by establishing a “Eastern Partnership” with neighbours such Ukraine, Belarus and Georgia. Polish Foreign Minister Rodosław Sikorski told a Breakfast Briefing that as the entire territories of these countries fall within Europe, they fulfil the criteria to become EU members.


State of the Union debate 2008
26 May 2008

French Foreign Minister Bernard Kouchner told at the EPC’s Annual Conference that the EU had achieved an “unbelievable amount” - the challenge now is to give globalisation a human face. European Commission President José Manuel Barroso stressed the need for an “open” EU, and said an enlarged and united Union had the power and capacity to shape the global order.


Making migration work: the role of employers in migrant integration
22 May 2008

European employers are increasingly reliant on migrant labour and could do more to foster integration in the workplace and publicise the benefits migration brings to European society and its economy, speakers agreed at a Policy Dialogue held in cooperation with the King Baudouin Foundation to launch a new Working Paper.


Energising Russia, connecting Europe: electricity sector liberalisation and security of supply
15 May 2008

The reform of Russia’s electricity sector now underway will introduce more private ownership and foster competition, resulting in cheaper electricity prices and more efficient delivery, Anatoly Chubais, Chief Executive Officer of the Unified Energy System of Russia (RAO UES), told a Policy Briefing.


De-briefing on the outcome of the Transatlantic Economic Council
13 May 2008

The May meeting of the Transatlantic Economic Council provided “political push” to resolve issues such as the EU ban on imports of US poultry and how to treat US cosmetics within the EU’s REACH chemicals legislation, speakers agreed at a Policy Dialogue.


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