Building deeper economic union - what to do and what to avoid
17 July 2012

The euro zone must grant a central authority powers to limit the debt issuance of euro members, to intervene in national budgets and to change national policies in order to create a deeper economic union and secure the single currency’s future, said Jörg Asmussen, a member of the Executive Board of the European Central Bank (ECB).

Building deeper economic union


The road from Rio: non-state actors as drivers of sustainable development?
13 July 2012

Civil society actors were able to make a positive contribution to the outcome of the ‘Rio+20’ United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development, heard participants in a Policy Dialogue, organised in cooperation with the European Economic and Social Committee.

The road from Rio


A Federal Europe – The only way to save the euro and the EU?
12 July 2012

Federalism means different things to different people, but few commentators doubt that eurozone members must become more closely integrated if the EU is to overcome the crisis, heard participants in a Policy Dialogue held in cooperation with Notre Europe.

Federal Europe


The Arab Awakening - Mapping the changes in EU and US policies
11 July 2012

This workshop discussed the similarities and differences in the EU and US approaches in the region, and the extent to which their policies are delivering results in the region, and whether they have maintained their promises to the countries in transition.


EU climate policies – Can we meet the challenges of the future with the means of today?
10 July 2012

The EU’s emissions trading scheme will continue to be a key element of its climate policy, but the allocation of permits must be adapted to match the realities of the economic crisis and avoid over-flooding the market, said Connie Hedegaard, European Commissioner for Climate Action, at a Breakfast Policy Briefing.

EU climate policies


Indonesia’s rise – Perspectives for Europe and EU-ASEAN relations
5 July 2012

Indonesia has emerged from political chaos and an economic abyss to become the 16th largest economy in the world and one of the planet’s biggest and most vibrant democracies, heard participants in 2012's Stanley Crossick Lecture.

Indonesia's rise


Post-Summit Policy Briefing
2 July 2012

At their 28-29 June summit, which took place in ‘deep-crisis mode’, EU leaders agreed on two immediate measures designed to relax bond markets and relieve the pressure on Spain and Italy, participants heard at a Post-Summit Briefing.

Post-Summit Policy Briefing


The EU and the Balkans - A long engagement or a happy marriage?
28 June 2012

Despite disillusionment with the slow pace of progress towards membership, EU accession remains the best anchor to secure economic growth and future prosperity for the Balkan region, heard participants at a Policy Dialogue.

EU and the Balkans


Argentina’s unpaid loans – What are the risks for Europe?
28 June 2012

Argentina’s default on $81 billion of debt in 2001 was the largest sovereign default in history at the time. About 92% of this debt has since been restructured through swaps carried out in 2005 and 2010, and disagreements with the remaining creditors have continued to create tensions between Argentina and the international community for years, heard participants in a Policy Dialogue.


The asylum crisis in Europe: the Greek situation and beyond
27 June 2012

Greece must work hard to alleviate the suffering of asylum seekers arriving on its soil, because if Greece fails, then Europe fails too, heard participants in a Policy Dialogue.

The Asylum crisis


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