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.


Which Integration Policies for Migrants?
4 June 2012
Yves Pascouau (Senior Adviser to EPC on migration and mobility policies) and Tineke Strik (External authors)

Yves Pascouau and Tineke Strik co-edited a book on European and national integration policies. It contains the updated outcomes of a conference where interactions between those two levels of policymaking have been scrutinised and debated.


Is Europe addressing the wrong growth crisis?
21 May 2012
Fabian Zuleeg (Chief Executive and Chief Economist)

Any new 'growth pact' to accompany the fiscal treaty should be focused on the countries in crisis, like Greece, and not on countries like France, which still have options left to reform themselves, writes Fabian Zuleeg in this Commentary.


Ignorance ain’t bliss: it’s time to recognise the impact of the environment and climate on health
25 April 2012
Annika Hedberg (Head of Sustainable Prosperity for Europe programme and Senior Policy Analyst)

In this Commentary Annika Ahtonen argues that Europe must take more seriously the impact of the environment and climate change on health, and do more to reduce and prepare for unwanted health consequences.


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