Europe and Indonesia: time for stronger engagement
23 November 2010
Shada Islam (Director Europe & Geopolitics, Friends of Europe)

Given the size of its economy, population and growth rates, Indonesia is one of Asia’s most exciting nations. This could explain why the EU signed a ground-breaking Partnership and Cooperation Agreement upgrading the relationship with Jakarta, and beating the US and Australia to it, says Shada Islam in this Commentary.

Adapting to climate change: what role for the EU?
10 November 2010
Annika Hedberg (Head of Sustainable Prosperity for Europe programme and Senior Policy Analyst)

Although most action on climate-change adaptation will need to be taken at national, regional or local level, there are compelling reasons why the EU should also play a role, says this Policy Brief by Annika Ahtonen.

A bridge over troubled borders: Europeanising the Balkans
8 November 2010
Rosa Balfour (Senior Adviser to EPC on Europe in the World) and Dijana Basic (External authors)

In this Policy Brief, issued on the eve of the adoption of new European Commission’s enlargement package on the progress of candidates for EU membership (9 November), Rosa Balfour and Dijana Basic examine the myriad border disputes simmering in the Balkans.

The bumpy road to economic union - Post-Summit Analysis
2 November 2010
Janis A. Emmanouilidis (Director of Studies)

The political atmosphere ahead of the European Council on 28-29 October had been poisoned by the Franco-German Deauville Declaration.

Escaping the poverty trap: will Europe 2020 deliver more equal societies?
28 October 2010
Claire Dhéret (Head of Social Europe & Well-being programme and Senior Policy Analyst)

With concern mounting about the growing level of income inequality within and between EU members, this Policy Brief by Claire Dhéret assesses whether the poverty-reduction target in the EU’s new strategy for growth: Europe 2020 has any chance of delivering more equal societies over the next ten years.

Entering the end game: the race for Caspian gas
27 October 2010
Borut Grgic (External authors) and Amanda Paul (Senior Policy Analyst)

“Oil is money, gas is politics” is the theme of this commentary by Amanda Paul and Borut Grgic.

Skills and education for growth and well-being in Europe 2020: are we on the right path?
22 October 2010
Sotiria Theodoropoulou (External authors)

Last June European leaders agreed the Europe 2020 strategy to aim for smart, sustainable and inclusive growth, and introduced a headline target on education and skills. This issue paper by EPC Policy Analyst Sotiria Theodoropoulou evaluates whether these education targets can help achieve these growth goals, given the constraints in public finances.

Austerity loves company?
29 September 2010
Hans Martens (Senior Adviser to EPC on energy, public service reform and CHES) and Fabian Zuleeg (Chief Executive and Chief Economist)

Issued as the ECOFIN Council meets to discuss economic governance proposals and the public finance crisis, this Policy Brief by Fabian Zuleeg and Hans Martens recalls that EU coordination of economic policies played a role in the response to the financial, economic and euro crises, reflecting Europe's economic interdependence.

ASEM: from words to action?
28 September 2010
Ger-bart Egberts (External authors), Shada Islam (Director Europe & Geopolitics, Friends of Europe) and Cher Suet-yi Lai (External authors)

This Policy Brief by Shada Islam, Ger-bart Egberts and Cher Suet-yi Lai says that Asian and European Union leaders attending the eighth ASEM meeting in Brussels on 4-5 October must send a strong message of solidarity to boost global recovery and economic growth.

The Treaty of Lisbon: A Second Look at the Institutional Innovations
27 September 2010

This joint study by EPC, CEPS and EGMONT makes a preliminary assessment of how the Lisbon Treaty is likely to work in practice.

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