The European Union as crisis manager – patterns and prospects
21 November 2013

The European Union is increasingly engaged in managing crises inside and outside Europe. Over the past two years, the EU has stepped up its capacities and is reorganising its toolbox to enable it to respond to escalating and complex crises.

The European Union as crisis manager: patterns and prospects


Do EU sanctions work?
18 November 2013

In recent times, the EU has increasingly relied on the use of sanctions in its external action, a trend which has been reinforced by the introduction of the Lisbon Treaty and the strengthening of the EU foreign policy institutional machinery.

Do EU sanctions work?


Towards a knowledge driven re-industrialisation: what impact on skills and human capital? - Task Force meeting
13 November 2013

This Task Force meeting discussed what are Europe's future skills needs and the extent to which stronger cooperation between key actors could better respond to these needs.


Debate on the ‘State of the Union’ and Europe’s Future
7 November 2013

People’s confidence in the EU project has been badly shaken by the economic crisis, and it is imperative that faith is restored before next year’s European elections, particularly given the rise in prominence of anti-EU political forces.

Debate on the ‘State of the Union’ and Europe’s Future


Russia and the South Caucasus: what sort of role and what sort of future?
6 November 2013

The recent decision of Armenia to join the Russian-led Customs Union rather than sign an Association Agreement including a Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Area (DCFTA) with the EU shows the extent of Russian influence in the South Caucasus.

Russia and the South Caucasus: what sort of role and what sort of future?


US international economic policy: The WTO, TPP and TTIP
29 October 2013

The Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) negotiations could take time to complete, but however long the talks take, the outcome has to be a comprehensive agreement, positioning the EU and the US as leaders in the world trading system.

US international economic policy


The Warsaw climate change conference - Time to move into high gear
29 October 2013

The main objective of the United Nations Climate Change Conference, taking place in Warsaw from 11-22 November, is to set a clear timetable in view of reaching a global deal by 2015.

The Warsaw climate change conference - Time to move into high gear


Post-Summit Policy Briefing
28 October 2013

The October European Council was a rather low-key affair, with no ground-breaking decisions taken on any of the main issues on the agenda. While EU leaders have pledged to discuss key issues at future summits, there is a danger of complacency.

Post-Summit Policy Briefing


Innovation Policy: A pre-condition for re-industrialising Europe - Task Force meeting
25 October 2013

This Task Force meeting identified solutions to overcome the signficant barriers preventing the EU and Member States from exploiting Europe's full potential vis-à-vis innovation.


The Eastern Partnership beyond Vilnius – Opportunities and challenges
24 October 2013

The 28-29 November Eastern Partnership (EaP) Vilnius Summit will be a milestone in the EU’s journey towards deepening its partnership with its Eastern partners and for its Neighbourhood Policy.

The Eastern Partnership beyond Vilnius


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