Foretastes of a ‘new normal’: the results of a low-profile summit - Post-Summit Analysis
1 July 2013
Janis A. Emmanouilidis (Director of Studies)

The 27-28 June European Council was a low-profile affair which attracted little attention beyond the walls of the Justus Lipsius, says Janis A. Emmanouilidis.


Gezi Park one month on: what lies ahead?
27 June 2013
Amanda Paul (Senior Policy Analyst) and Demir Murat Seyrek (Senior Policy Advisor, European Foundation for Democracy)

This Commentary by Amanda Paul and Demir Murat Seyrek focuses on the situation in Turkey one month on from the outbreak of mass protests, the steps taken by the government to ease the tension and meet the concerns of the protestors, the impact of the protests on relations with the EU, and their likely impact on the political landscape of Turkey.


Between engagement and cold feet: ten years of the EU in the Western Balkans
26 June 2013
Rosa Balfour (Senior Adviser to EPC on Europe in the World) and Corina Stratulat (Head of European Politics and Institutions programme and Senior Policy Analyst)

Chapter by Rosa Balfour and Corina Stratulat in “The European future of the Western Balkans:Thessaloniki @10 (2003-2013)”, published by the European Union Institute for Security Studies (EU-ISS).


Democratising the Western Balkans: where does the region stand?
26 June 2013
Rosa Balfour (Senior Adviser to EPC on Europe in the World) and Corina Stratulat (Head of European Politics and Institutions programme and Senior Policy Analyst)

Chapter by Rosa Balfour and Corina Stratulat in “The European future of the Western Balkans:Thessaloniki @10 (2003-2013)”, published by the European Union Institute for Security Studies (EU-ISS).


EU immigration policy: act now before it is too late
20 June 2013
Yves Pascouau (Senior Adviser to EPC on migration and mobility policies)

EU member states are making negotiations regarding EU labour migration rules very difficult. Despite the narrow scope of these texts, there is no appetite among governments to make any push in this field. In this Commentary, Yves Pascouau addresses problems deriving from the imbalances of EU immigration policy and identifies some possible ways forward in particular regarding labour migration.


Challenges for the EU in the resolution of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict: Azerbaijani and Armenian perspectives
17 June 2013
Richard Giragosian (External authors) and Zaur Shiriyev (Senior Research Fellow, ADA University)

The EU still remains very much a peripheral player in the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, seemingly content with supporting the efforts of the OSCE Minsk Group and financing a number of confidence and peace-building projects. However, with the EU being one of the most ‘neutral’ external powers involved in the region, and having made conflict resolution a priority of both its European Neighbourhood Policy and Eastern Partnership, there would seem to be scope for Brussels to take on a greater role, argue Zaur Shiriyev and Richard Giragosian in these two Policy Briefs. 


Second Career Labour Markets - Assessing challenges - Advancing policies
14 June 2013
Claire Dhéret (Head of Social Europe & Well-being programme and Senior Policy Analyst), Laura Naegele (External authors) and Eric Thode (External authors)

In order to secure growth prospects and innovation within the EU, creating a labour market adjusted to the needs of older workers and facilitating longer decent working lives is imperative, say the authors of the final report of the Second Career Labour Markets project.


Britain and Germany: Partners in Reform
14 June 2013

UK Foreign Secretary William Hague recently gave a major speech on the future of the European Union. He was speaking in Berlin on 31 May.


For better, for worse: the European Union takes Croatia as its 28th member
12 June 2013
Corina Stratulat (Head of European Politics and Institutions programme and Senior Policy Analyst)

Croatia’s entry into the European Union on 1 July 2013 is for all intents and purposes an important and timely success story, argues Corina Stratulat in this Commentary.


A Plan B, C and D for an EU policy towards Iran
10 June 2013
Cornelius Adebahr (Political analyst and entrepreneur working on European foreign policy; Associate in the Europe Programme at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace; Associate Fellow of the Research Institute of the German Council on Foreign Relations (DGAP))

Presidential elections in Iran on 14 June may lead to changes there. Is the EU prepared? In this Policy Brief, Cornelius Adebahr argues that the EU needs to be prepared for change – for better or for worse – and better equip itself for future relations with Tehran and with Iranians.


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