The new EU energy policy: balancing the internal market and external security of supply
1 February 2007

The European Commission’s new energy package was keenly debated at a Policy Dialogue organised jointly with the Clingendael International Energy Programme.


Towards a comprehensive settlement for Darfur
26 January 2007

The conflict in Darfur is a “man-made disaster of catastrophic proportions” which can never be solved by military means alone, speakers agreed at an EPC-International Crisis Group-Save Darfur conference.


State of the Union debate
25 January 2007

Finding a way out of the impasse over the Constitutional Treaty is essential to enable the EU to tackle the issues which matter most to ordinary citizens, the leaders of the three biggest political groups in the European Parliament agreed at a debate.


Reviving Doha: What chance of success?
24 January 2007

After a “bad year’ for the Doha trade negotiations, 2007 has begun “in a much more positive mood” as political leaders weigh up the “modest price” of success against the “formidable” costs of failure, World Trade Organization Director-General Pascal Lamy told a Breakfast Policy Briefing.


Migration and remittances: Eastern Europe and the Former Soviet Union
18 January 2007

Migration from Eastern Europe and Central Asia is increasing and, with it, the money migrants send back to their home countries, which can constitute as much as 20% of a country’s GDP. The process should be properly managed, particularly for countries like Kosovo, and ‘circular migration’ could ensure a “triple win”, with sending and receiving countries and migrants themselves all benefiting, speakers agreed at a Policy Dialogue organised with the King Baudouin Foundation and the World Bank.


European growth and jobs in 2007
19 December 2006

Europe is beginning to exhibit positive signs of economic growth, with low inflation, unemployment at its lowest level for seven years and an increase in productivity. This has helped it to “rebalance” its position vis-à-vis the United States, speakers told a joint EPC-Hanns-Seidel-Stiftung Policy Dialogue.


The trouble with North Korea: views from Europe and Asia
15 December 2006

The international community and the countries involved in the Six-Party Talks, which will resume on 18 December, have “a lot of work to do” to resolve the impasse over North Korea’s recent nuclear test, speakers told a Policy Dialogue.


Life after Thaksin: is Thailand lost in transition?
14 December 2006

While “a coup is always a coup”, speakers at a joint EPC-Sasakawa Peace Foundation Policy Dialogue agreed that the political situation in Thailand had made one inevitable and acknowledged that it had been warmly welcomed by most of the Thai population.


Global Europe - social Europe
11 December 2006

A “truly global” Europe needs a “modern social vision” to accompany the drive towards open markets, European Commission President José Manuel Barroso told a joint EPC-Policy Network conference.


Priorities of the German Presidency
7 December 2006

The EU should try to reach agreement on what to do about the Constitutional Treaty by the end of 2007, in order to complete the ratification process before the June 2009 Euro-elections, H E Wilhelm Schönfelder, Germany’s Permanent Representative to the EU, told a Breakfast Policy Briefing.


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