Beyond the Vilnius Summit: challenges for deeper EU integration with Eastern Europe
31 October 2013
Laure Delcour (External authors) and Kataryna Wolczuk (Reader in Politics and International Studies at the University of Birmingham)

In the run up to the Vilnius Eastern Partnership summit at the end of November, Laure Delcour and Kataryna Wolczuk explore both the economic and political costs and benefits of the Association and Free Trade Agreements which form the backbone of EU policy towards the region, arguing that Vilnius is just a first step in deepening EU integration with Eastern Europe.

A summit of little substance
28 October 2013
Janis A. Emmanouilidis (Director of Studies)

The European Council meeting on 24-25 October was a rather low-key affair, with no ground-breaking decisions taken by EU leaders on the four key topics on the agenda, says Janis A. Emmanouilidis in this Post-Summit Commentary.

Pre-Summit Analysis
23 October 2013
Janis A. Emmanouilidis (Director of Studies), Romain Pardo (Former Policy Analyst at the EPC), Yves Pascouau (Senior Adviser to EPC on migration and mobility policies) and Fabian Zuleeg (Chief Executive and Chief Economist)

The key topics on the agenda of this week’s European Council – the Economic and Monetary Union, growth and jobs, the digital economy and asylum and immigration policy – must be treated with urgency by EU leaders, say EPC analysts in this Pre-Summit Commentary.

People dying at the EU's external borders: Can the Summit find the right answer?
22 October 2013
Yves Pascouau (Senior Adviser to EPC on migration and mobility policies)

Following the recent human tragedies in the Mediterranean Sea, EU leaders will discuss asylum and immigration policy at this week’s Summit. In this Commentary, Yves Pascouau argues that the EU must provide clear answers on what actions will be taken together at EU level.

Smoke and mirrors in Gibraltar
18 October 2013
Mara Dambour (Former Programme Assistant at the EPC) and Alex Lazarowicz (External authors)

In this Commentary, Alex Lazarowicz and Mara Dambour argue that, due to the ongoing Gibraltar dispute, the freedom of movement of EU citizens is being undermined and politicised through its use as a deflection tactic by the UK and Spain.

A lull before the storm? - The UK/EU referendum debate
16 October 2013
John Palmer (Former Political Director, European Policy Centre)

Beneath the surface of British politics, complex and conflicting economic, social and political currents are still competing to shape public attitudes to EU membership, writes John Palmer.

UK manufacturers want to stay in the EU
14 October 2013

EurActiv reports that a poll for the EEF, the manufacturers' organisation for UK manufacturing companies, has found that eight out of 10 British manufacturers would choose to stay in the European Union if a membership referendum were held today.

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Is Europe's future digital?
8 October 2013
Romain Pardo (Former Policy Analyst at the EPC)

In this Commentary, Romain Pardo argues that the upcoming Council summit presents an opportunity for EU leaders to recognise the importance of digital technologies to aid Europe’s recovery.

Beyond Vilnius: keeping the Eastern Partnership on track
7 October 2013
Amanda Paul (Senior Policy Analyst)

Ahead of the November EaP Vilnius Summit, this Commentary by Amanda Paul looks at the challenges faced by the Eastern Partnership countries, the issue of Russian coercion and the EU’s response.

The bank credit crisis and its impact on growth
4 October 2013
Fabian Zuleeg (Chief Executive and Chief Economist)

In this Commentary, Fabian Zuleeg argues that a Banking Union, if implemented, would be a step in the right direction but will not produce the results needed in the short term to help the economic recovery of crisis countries.

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