The impact of globalisation on European jobs
26 February 2008

World Gross Domestic Product is heading for a sharp decline in 2008, with “truly alarming” signs for the US and EU economies, with the US sub prime mortgage crisis leading to a global credit crunch, speakers told a Policy Dialogue.


The year of the rat: interesting times ahead for China?
25 February 2008

The Chinese Communist Party is pursuing a “scientific, harmonious” path to make China a “moderately prosperous country” by 2020 and seeks good relations with the rest of the world based on mutual trust, respect and cooperation, Du Qiwen, Vice Minister, Chinese Central Foreign Affairs Office, told a Policy Dialogue.


Empowerment of Muslim women? Opportunities and challenges
22 February 2008

A study of the Koran shows that democracy and Islam are “absolutely compatible” and Muslim women can play a greater role in fostering democratic values in their societies, Irshad Manji, Senior Fellow at the European Foundation for Democracy, told a Policy Briefing.


France and the ESDP: St Malo, ten years later
21 February 2008

The 1998 Franco-British St Malo Declaration was “revolutionary”, Gérard Errera, Secretary General, French Ministry of Foreign Affairs, said in a lecture in cooperation with UACES.


The Shanghai Cooperation Organisation: a new regional kid on the block?
18 February 2008

The Shanghai Cooperation Organisation - made up of China, Russia and the Central Asian republics - was created in 2001 to fight the “three evils” of terrorism, separatism and extremism, speakers told a Policy Dialogue.


Taking stock, looking ahead: regional co-operation in South-eastern Europe after the Stability Pact
15 February 2008

As the Stability Pact prepares to hand over its responsibilities in South-eastern Europe to the newly-formed Regional Cooperation Council, it can look back on a successful eight years, with the region now enjoying strong economic growth and greater security.


Minorities in an ever wider European Union
12 February 2008

Minorities in the ‘countries in transition’ in Central and Eastern Europe are discriminated against and marginalised because of the lack of legal provision to protect them adequately, speakers agreed at a Policy Dialogue, held in cooperation with the King Baudouin Foundation.


Euro-Turks: a bridge or a breach between Turkey and the European Union?
31 January 2008

Of the four million Turks living in Europe, 40% see themselves as both Turkish and European and are helping to bridge the gap between Turkey and the EU. But an equal number who do not “affiliate” themselves with their host country can create breaches between the two, speakers told a vPolicy Dialogue organised in cooperation with the King Baudouin Foundation.


A future vision for the Caucasus-Caspian region and its European dimension
29 January 2008

The Caucasus-Caspian states need to work together to build up their economic strength and establish stability and security in the region, speakers agreed at a Policy Dialogue.


Consumers: the competitive advantage
22 January 2008

The European Commission is planning to launch a ‘consumer market scoreboard’ using five indicators - prices, complaints, satisfaction levels, switching rates and safety - to monitor how consumers are being served, Consumer Protection Commissioner Meglena Kuneva told a Breakfast Briefing.


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