Turkey’s Syrian Dilemma: Testing the ‘Regional Solutions for Regional Problems’ Proposition
9 July 2012
Joshua W. Walker (External authors)

Regardless of whether Ankara keeps its strategic options open by seeking to preserve the status quo, events on the ground in Syria could rapidly force Ankara into moving beyond rhetoric and intervening in either a limited humanitarian or full-scale manner, writes Joshua W. Walker in this Commentary.

Romania’s democracy in reverse gear – en garde, EU!
6 July 2012
Corina Stratulat (Head of European Politics and Institutions programme and Senior Policy Analyst)

In this Commentary, Corina Stratulat and Paul Ivan argue that dealing with democratic problems like those occurring in Romania is as important for the EU as resolving the euro/economic crisis.

Schengen and solidarity: the fragile balance between mutual trust and mistrust
4 July 2012
Yves Pascouau (Senior Adviser to EPC on migration and mobility policies)

This Policy Paper by Yves Pascouau examines the functioning of the ‘Schengen area’, which is based on solidarity mechanisms between its Member States and implies a high level of mutual trust.

The prospects of ambitious muddling through – the results of an EU Summit in deep crisis mode - Post-Summit Analysis
2 July 2012
Janis A. Emmanouilidis (Director of Studies)

At the June 2012 Summit EU leaders took a number of key decisions regarding the euro-debt crisis. In this Post-summit Analysis Janis A. Emmanouilidis takes an upbeat approach but argues that the EU will stay in crisis mode and that 'ambitious muddling through' will remain the Union's dominant mantra.

Creating greater synergies between European, national and subnational Budgets
2 July 2012
Claire Dhéret (Head of Social Europe & Well-being programme and Senior Policy Analyst), Andreea Martinovici (External authors) and Fabian Zuleeg (Chief Executive and Chief Economist)

Enhancing policy and budgetary coordination mechanisms between all levels of governance and creating greater synergies between European, national and subnational budgets are necessary means  to avoid duplicating expenditure and achieve better results with fewer resources argue Claire Dhéret, Andreea Martinovici and Fabian Zuleeg in this report.

It's now or never for European growth
28 June 2012
Hans Martens (Senior Adviser to EPC on energy, public service reform and CHES)

Economic growth is the best and most efficient way to reduce public debt and the deficit burden that are currently weighing Europe down: austerity without growth is not working, writes Hans Martens ahead of this week’s EU summit, urging leaders to spend as much time focusing on growth as on fiscal discipline.

Developing support for wavering asylum systems: convincing mechanisms?
27 June 2012
Yves Pascouau (Senior Adviser to EPC on migration and mobility policies)

Wavering national asylum systems may lead to violations of EU and human rights rules. Different mechanisms are established to avoid such situation. In the commentary, Yves Pascouau evaluates to what extend such mechanisms are convincing or not.

Between the past and the future: unfinished business in the EU and the Balkans
26 June 2012
Rosa Balfour (Senior Adviser to EPC on Europe in the World)

With Montenegro receiving the green light to start accession negotiations, it is time to assess the status of the EU’s enlargement process. In this Commentary Rosa Balfour argues that despite some positive signals, there still is plenty of unfinished business to be dealt with in the EU and in the Balkans alike.

Second Career Labour Markets for Older Workers
20 June 2012
Claire Dhéret (Head of Social Europe & Well-being programme and Senior Policy Analyst) and Eric Thode (External authors)

In this discussion paper, Laura Naegele, Claire Dhéret and Eric Thode present 10 concrete proposals for policy action aiming to facilitate the creation of second career opportunities across Europe and the participation of older workers in the labour market. These proposals will be debated during the course of a joint research project between the EPC and the Bertelsmann Stiftung, entitled 'Second Career Labour Markets – Towards more employment opportunities for older workers'.

The end of the EU Police Mission in Bosnia and Herzegovina: What lessons for the Common Security and Defence Policy?
13 June 2012
Eva Gross (External authors)

With the imminent closure of the EU Police Mission in Bosnia, Eva Gross examines its impact on the country, as well as broader implications and lessons learned for other EU Common Security and Defence Policy missions.

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