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".

Ukraine: The Moment of Truth
26 October 2012
Amanda Paul (Senior Policy Analyst) and Roman Rukomeda (External authors)

This Commentary looks at the likely outcomes of the election, the different actors, and the possible impact of the poll on relations with the EU.

Accommodating an independent Scotland: how a British-style constitution for the EU could secure Scotland's future
24 October 2012
Arno Engel (External authors) and Roderick Parkes (External authors)

There is a marked wariness at EU level about the prospect of Scottish independence. But British-style constitutional thinking on flexibility could prove useful in reducing the bloc's difficulties with asymmetry that motivate its hostility towards Scottish independence, write Roderick Parkes and Arno Engel in this Discussion Paper.

Stepping stone to an ambitious deal? – the results of an ‘intermediate summit’ - Post-Summit Analysis
22 October 2012
Janis A. Emmanouilidis (Director of Studies)

The October European Council was a relatively drama-free stepping stone on the way to a more decisive summit in December. The biggest risk now is complacency: EU leaders need to sign up to an ambitious and detailed agenda for a ‘Genuine Economic and Monetary Union’ at their December meeting, writes Janis A. Emmanouilidis in this Post-Summit Analysis.

Turkey-EU relations: time to rebuild trust
19 October 2012
Amanda Paul (Senior Policy Analyst)

Turkey’s EU accession negotiations  continue to be riddled with problems. In this Commentary, Amanda Paul looks at the current situation and prospects for the near future.       

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