Geopolitics will keep Britain and mainland Europe together
5 December 2012
James Rogers (External authors)

The British Isles and mainland Europe are destined to remain wed. The EU needs reforming – wasteful agricultural subsidies need to be scrapped; infrastructure and high-tech economic activity needs to receive the bulk of the European budget – but British self-disengagement or attempts by other Europeans to push London out are not viable options, argues James Rogers of the Baltic Defence College.


Palestine's UN status change: what comes next?
3 December 2012
Eberhard Rhein (Senior Adviser to EPC on neighbourhood policy)

The UN’s decision to upgrade the status of the Palestinian Authority in the General Assembly from ‘observer’ to ‘non-member observer state’ status may ease the path towards full UN membership for Palestine, writes Eberhard Rhein in this Commentary.


The implications of an EU fiscal union for local and regional authorities
3 December 2012
Claire Dhéret (Head of Social Europe & Well-being programme and Senior Policy Analyst) and Francesco Nicoli (Former Programme Assistant at the EPC)

In this report, Claire Dhéret, Francesco Nicoli and Fabian Zuleeg analyse the implications of the integration of the European fiscal and budgetary governance for LRAs. The aim of this report is to provide a useful tool to frame the discussion concerning the opportunities and challenges that a full-fledged fiscal union may raise in Europe.


An independence vote for Scotland – time to consider the European and foreign policy implications
27 November 2012
Richard G. Whitman (Professor Politics and International Relations, Director, Europe Centre, University of Kent; Associate Fellow, Chatham House)

Professor Richard G. Whitman of the University of Kent warns that the prestige of the UK as a successful multinational state could be compromised by the secession of Scotland and the subsequent uncertainty over whether further secessions might follow, potentially causing some to question the status of the rump UK on the international stage.


Time to dismantle barriers to green trade
26 November 2012
Romain Pardo (Former Policy Analyst at the EPC)

The EU must seize the opportunity to finally step up as a leader in promoting the global green trade liberalisation agenda, argues Romain Pardo in this Commentary.


No complete breakdown – at least not just yet
23 November 2012
Fabian Zuleeg (Chief Executive and Chief Economist)

It comes as no surprise that negotiations on the EU’s next Multiannual Financial Framework (MFF) did not produce a deal. UK Prime Minister David Cameron must either change his approach to Brussels or call an in-out referendum now, writes Fabian Zuleeg in this Commentary.


Britain and the EU - Divided by a Channel or a deep blue sea?
21 November 2012
Michael Burnett (External authors)

Michael Burnett of the European Institute of Public Administration argues that a long-term strategic failure by the UK to understand the importance of coalition and alliance-building – and London’s consequent failure to achieve its aims in Europe – has created a sense of victimhood and fostered Euroscepticism.


The risk of an 'unintended' UK exit from the EU
20 November 2012
Graham Avery (Senior Adviser to EPC on EU enlargement policy)

Graham Avery, Honorary Director-General of the European Commission, argues that the unintended consequence of the trajectory on which the present British government is engaged is likely to be a UK exit from the EU.


Britain and the EU: In or Out?
20 November 2012
John Palmer (Former Political Director, European Policy Centre)

John Palmer of the Sussex University European Institute argues that none of the Eurospectic political forces in Britain have convincing or coherent alternatives to replace the UK’s EU membership.


The Single Market: beyond pro- and anti-European ideologies?
20 November 2012
Malcolm Harbour (Senior Adviser to EPC on the Single Market)

Malcolm Harbour, MEP for the West Midlands (UK) and Chairman of the European Parliament’s Internal Market and Consumer Protection Committee, makes the case for Britain’s continued membership of the EU Single Market.


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