Priorities of the Portuguese Presidency
12 June 2007

The forthcoming Portuguese Presidency aims to “take the Union further and strengthen the European project” by focusing on three main goals: strengthening economic integration, reinforcing Europe’s role in the world and reinforcing its political underpinnings, HE Álvaro Mendonça e Moura, Portugal’s Permanent Representative to the EU, told a Breakfast Briefing.


Will the EU ever have a common foreign policy?
11 June 2007

A genuine EU Common Foreign and Security Policy remains a long way off, although implementation of the Constitutional Treaty provisions for an EU Foreign Minister and European External Action Service would make a significant difference, speakers told a Policy Dialogue.


The Europe we want: citizens' perspectives on the future of Europe
8 June 2007

The European Citizens’ Consultations, involving 1,800 citizens in all 27 EU Member States in the debate over Europe’s future, have provided a new way to reconnect the public with the Union and added a new dimension to the EU debate, speakers agreed at a Policy Dialogue.


Establishing the rule of law in Afghanistan: challenges for the EU
7 June 2007

Afghanistan has made significant progress in introducing key reforms in some areas but much more remains to be done, speakers told a Policy Dialogue organised by the EPC in collaboration with the International Center for Transitional Justice.


Ethnic profiling and ethical approaches to security and counter-terrorism
4 June 2007

Ethnic profiling – using ethnic, racial or religious stereotypes to build up pictures of potential terrorists – is both ineffective and counter-productive, as it alienates the communities which could help to fight terrorism, speakers agreed at a Policy Dialogue.


Russian foreign policy today
30 May 2007

The West should not have unrealistic expectations about internal developments in Russia, Dmitri Trenin, Senior Associate and Deputy Director of the Carnegie Moscow Center, told a Sixty-Minute Briefing.


Rules for decision-making in the Council: which way forward?
28 May 2007

The idea of basing the share-out of votes in the Council on the square root of each Member State’s population is “intellectually seductive but difficult” and stands no chance of being agreed, diplomats told a Policy Dialogue.


Competing and competitiveness in Europe and globally: an Italian perspective
23 May 2007

The EU is going through an economic upturn and so too, for the first time in many years, is Italy. But both are in danger of losing the advantages this could bring unless they boost investment, increase the skilled workforce, open up markets and remove red tape discouraging foreign investors, Emma Bonino, Italy’s Minister for International Trade and European Affairs, told a Breakfast Policy Briefing.


Political Islam in the Middle East - threat to stability of impulse for reform?
22 May 2007

The EU needs a better understanding of Islamists in the Middle East in order to work constructively with them, speakers told a Policy Dialogue.


Building societal security in Europe: the EU's role in managing emergencies
21 May 2007

This Policy Dialogue considered how best to improve the EU’s response to emergencies, examining the three options outlined in a recent EPC Working Paper on the EU’s role in this area.


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