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.

Pathways to achieve a Genuine Fiscal Union
3 June 2013
Francesco Nicoli (Former Programme Assistant at the EPC)

In this Policy Brief, Francesco Nicoli analyses the reforms undertaken so far to strengthen Monetary Union, and suggests the way forward to progressively achieve a functioning fiscal union for the eurozone countries.

Making progress towards the completion of the Single European Labour Market
28 May 2013
Claire Dhéret (Head of Social Europe & Well-being programme and Senior Policy Analyst), Alex Lazarowicz (External authors), Francesco Nicoli (Former Programme Assistant at the EPC), Yves Pascouau (Senior Adviser to EPC on migration and mobility policies) and Fabian Zuleeg (Chief Executive and Chief Economist)

In this Issue Paper, the authors propose an ambitious and comprehensive strategy towards labour mobility. This strategy aims to address obstacles to mobility, as well as create incentives to encourage people to move. It also aims to reinforce the role of public policies, both at the EU and national level, in order to address potential costs and optimise a better allocation of human resources.

Making progress towards the completion of the Single European Labour Market

The benefit of European Union membership outweighs the cost
19 May 2013

On 19 May 2013 the Independent newspaper published a letter from prominent British business leaders making the case for the UK's continued EU membership.

Georgia: the next episode
15 May 2013
Dennis Sammut (Member of the EPC's Strategic Council; Director, LINKS)

Dennis Sammut argues in this Commentary that a new sense of political maturity offers the best opportunity yet for Georgia to move away from the problems of its recent past towards its declared objective of European and Euro-Atlantic integration.

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