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.

1000 billion Euros at stake: How boosting employment can address demographic change and public deficits
12 November 2012
Erik Türk (External authors), Josef Wöss (External authors) and Fabian Zuleeg (Chief Executive and Chief Economist)

This Issue Paper by Erik Türk, Josef Wöss and Fabian Zuleeg confirms that improving employment rates is the best strategy with which countries can prepare for population ageing.

Can Public Private Partnerships (PPPs) lever investment to get Europe out of economic crisis?
7 November 2012
Claire Dhéret (Head of Social Europe & Well-being programme and Senior Policy Analyst), Hans Martens (Senior Adviser to EPC on energy, public service reform and CHES) and Fabian Zuleeg (Chief Executive and Chief Economist)

To overcome Europe's deep economic crisis, investment is crucial. But with public finances under severe strain and a limited EU budget, private-sector investment will have to be a key driving force. This report produced by the European Policy Centre – with input from the European Investment Bank and other stakeholders – focuses on analysing stakeholders’ perceptions of the role that Public-Private Partnerships (PPPs) and the just-launched Project Bonds Initiative (PBI) could play in responding to Europe’s current challenges.

EU's labour migration policy
29 October 2012
Yves Pascouau (Senior Adviser to EPC on migration and mobility policies)

In the Framework of the Charles Ullens’ Prize, managed by the King Baudouin Foundation, Yves Pascouau has written an article on “EU’s labour migration policy: state of play and perspectives".

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