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.

The EU as a counter-terrorism actor abroad: finding opportunities, overcoming constraints
27 September 2010
Erik Brattberg (External authors), Mark Rhinard (Senior Adviser to EPC on societal security issues) and Peter Wennerholm (External authors)

Issued shortly after the anniversary of 9/11 and with renewed interest in how the new European External Action Service will change the EU’s foreign affairs priorities, this EPC Issue Paper by Peter Wennerholm, Erik Brattberg and Mark Rhinard, of The Swedish Institute of International Affairs, discusses the EU’s role in preventing the growth of counter-terrorism abroad in five key countries, where the security situation remains fragile.

Nagorno-Karabakh – A ticking time bomb
17 September 2010
Amanda Paul (Senior Policy Analyst)

With recent intensified skirmishes between Armenia and Azerbaijan in the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, this commentary by Amanda Paul looks at the current state of play, and says the international community gives the impression of being unconcerned about the increasing dangers of ‘war by accident’.

EU Strategic Partnerships: are they worth the name?
15 September 2010
Rosa Balfour (Senior Adviser to EPC on Europe in the World)

On the eve of the European Council, called to discuss the Union’s foreign policy and in particular its relations with individual ‘partners’ (China, the BRICS, etc.), this commentary by Rosa Balfour questions whether strategic partnerships are worth keeping in their current shape.

Europe and rising Asia must re-engage in a new partnership
12 July 2010
Shada Islam (Director Europe & Geopolitics, Friends of Europe)

As Asian and European officials meet this week in Brussels to prepare for October’s ASEM Summit, this EPC commentary by Shada Islam says the meeting offers an important opportunity to inject much-needed new life into the Asia-Europe relationship, and rekindle the excitement of the first ASEM summit.

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