Europe: Germany's dilemma
9 December 2011
Josef Janning (Head of ECFR Berlin Office and Senior Policy Fellow)

In this Policy Brief Josef, Janning analyses the German approach to European integration and reviews its changes since the days of German reunification. He concludes that Germany should not rely on its ability to secure preferred outcomes by pushing its weight around.


Stepping into the abyss?
5 December 2011
Janis A. Emmanouilidis (Director of Studies) and Fabian Zuleeg (Chief Executive and Chief Economist)

The crisis has reached crunch time. It is not just the stability of the EU’s common currency but also the future of the whole European project which is at stake, write Janis A. Emmanouilidis and Fabian Zuleeg in this EPC commentary.


Conditions for family reunification under strain - A comparative study in nine EU member states
17 November 2011
Yves Pascouau (Senior Adviser to EPC on migration and mobility policies)

This study sees Yves Pascouau evaluate developments with regard to conditions for family reunification in nine EU member states, taking into account the growing importance of family reunification rules at national and European level.


The democratic transformation of the Balkans
7 November 2011
Rosa Balfour (Senior Adviser to EPC on Europe in the World) and Corina Stratulat (Head of European Politics and Institutions programme and Senior Policy Analyst)

In this Issue Paper, Rosa Balfour and Corina Stratulat argue that the EU can and should do more to strengthen the rule of law and public demands for substantive democracy in the Balkan region.


Eurozone exits no longer taboo
4 November 2011
Janis A. Emmanouilidis (Director of Studies)

The crisis has entered yet another phase, with Greece's membership of the euro zone being openly contested. In this commentary Janis A. Emmanouilidis argues that a possible transitional government and every other future Greek government need to regain trust by providing evidence of the country's firm commitment and ability to fulfil its obligations.


The complex end of a summit marathon
27 October 2011
Janis A. Emmanouilidis (Director of Studies)

EU leaders this week reached a potentially landmark deal to restructure Greek debt, strengthen the European Financial Stability Facility and recapitalise major European banks, writes Janis A. Emmanouilidis in this commentary.


Cutting four Gordian knots - Post-Summit Analysis
24 October 2011
Janis A. Emmanouilidis (Director of Studies)

This post-summit analysis of the first round of summits by Janis A. Emmanouilidis shows that much work still lies ahead and warns that EU leaders might not be able to deliver (all) the expected results.


Azerbaijan - The key to EU energy security
24 October 2011
Amanda Paul (Senior Policy Analyst) and Gulmira Rzayeva (External authors)

This commentary by Amanda Paul and Gulmira Rzayeva analyses the state of play regarding the Shah Deniz II gas decision and the remaining difficulties ahead.


What role for local and regional authorities in the post-2013 budgetary framework?
20 October 2011
Claire Dhéret (Head of Social Europe & Well-being programme and Senior Policy Analyst), Elisa Molino (External authors) and Fabian Zuleeg (Chief Executive and Chief Economist)

In this paper Fabian Zuleeg and Elisa Molino analyse the interrelations between the European Commission’s proposals for the EU’s next MFF and the Europe 2020 strategy, identifying the risks of a top-down approach and the mechanisms needed to reinforce multi-level governance.


Last exit for peace: the struggle for a Palestinian State has entered a new stage
4 October 2011
Eberhard Rhein (Senior Adviser to EPC on neighbourhood policy)

If yet another Palestinian generation grows up under Israeli occupation and negotiators fail to finally create a viable Palestinian state, then radicalisation, violence and guerrilla operations will further weaken the Middle East, warns Eberhard Rhein in this commentary.


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