Three cheers (and questions) for the new Commission
1 December 2009
Janis A. Emmanouilidis (Director of Studies)

In the new European Commission unveiled last week President Barroso achieved a virtuoso balancing act in political, geographic, personal and even gender terms, but the new set-up also raises unanswered questions, argue Antonio Missiroli and Janis Emmanouilidis in this Commentary.

Europe's foreign service: from design to delivery
25 November 2009

This Policy Brief by Graham Avery discusses the aims, structure and ‘mission statement’ of the new service.

Two cheers and one lesson for the EU
23 November 2009

The two new appointments created by the Lisbon Treaty - President of the European Council and High Representative - have been made. However, the way decisions were taken left much to be desired and partly disappointed public opinion, teaching important lessons for the next time, says Antonio Missiroli in this EPC Commentary.

Between Prague and Copenhagen - Post-Summit Analysis
2 November 2009

This analysis concludes that the Summit delivered results on the first two, although perhaps inevitably limited in the case of the EU’s common position on climate change, and that the parameters for choosing the first holders of the two new posts are now clearer.

A wider EU: what next
20 October 2009
Rosa Balfour (Senior Adviser to EPC on Europe in the World)

In this Commentary by Rosa Balfour argues that over the past five years the outgoing Commission has kept up the momentum of enlargement at a time of internal EU crisis.

Lisbon mission accomplished? Not yet...
5 October 2009
Janis A. Emmanouilidis (Director of Studies)

 This Commentary by Janis A. Emmanouilidis and Antonio Missiroli argues that this unique situation requires a combination of resolve and flexibility from all sides, and suggests a four-stage approach to dealing with the uncertainties surrounding the appointment of a new European Commission, and the holders of the new jobs created by the Treaty.

Turkish foreign policy - between East and West?
2 October 2009
Amanda Paul (Senior Policy Analyst)

This Policy Brief by Amanda Akçakoca argues that while Ankara is focusing more its own neighbourhood, its role as a key regional player and upgrading relations with Russia, it is unlikely to adopt an anti-Western foreign policy given the solid ties it has built with NATO, the US and the EU.

Coming in from the cold
8 September 2009

As Enlargement Commissioner Olli Rehn travels to Reykjavik for talks on its EU membership bid, the debate is intensifying over how quickly Iceland might join the Union and on what terms. This Commentary by Graham Avery argues that it already satisfies the eligibility criteria for membership, and its application should be treated on its merits.

NATO and the EU: what a difference a decade makes
17 July 2009

By December 2009, new teams will be in charge of Europe’s security and relations between the two key regional organisations dealing with it. As NATO Secretary-General Jaap de Hoop Scheffer prepares to hand over to former Danish Prime Minister Anders Fogh Rasmussen and EU foreign policy chief Javier Solana announces he will not seek another term, this Commentary by Antonio Missiroli assesses the role of both organisations over the last decade and argues they can learn a lot from one another.

Macedonia: what's in a name - and behind it?
16 July 2009

This Commentary by Srdjan Cvijic warns that the bilateral dispute with Greece over the country’s name is not the only challenge facing the government, and argues that its policy of renaming public sites with names from antiquity is short-sighted and risks becoming a liability.

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