The next European Commission: tips for the President-elect
28 April 2009

As the Barroso Commission nears the end of its term in office, this Policy Brief by Antonio Missiroli considers the key issues which the President of the next Commission must address to ensure it operates as effectively and efficiently as possible, and makes some recommendations for action when it comes to organising the new Commission and allocating portfolios.


Asian Voices in Europe
31 March 2009

Over the past year, the EPC and the Sasakawa Peace Foundation have continued their “Asian Voices in Europe” lecture series on economic, political and security developments in Asia and on EU-Asia relations.


Afghanistan: Europe's credibility test
24 March 2009

This Policy Brief by Shada Islam and Eva Gross argues that the Union needs to put both Afghanistan and Pakistan higher up its political agenda; coordinate and consolidate Europe’s different programmes, policies and representations; and take immediate action to ensure the success of its hitherto less-than-impressive EUPOL police mission.


United we stand - for now - Post-Summit Analysis
23 March 2009

This analysis concludes that the Summit did succeed in shaping and showing a united EU front on all the main issues on the agenda, and agreeing on a series of concrete coordinated steps – no mean achievement in light of the tensions in the run-up to the meeting.


The recovery plan revisited
17 March 2009
Hans Martens (Senior Adviser to EPC on energy, public service reform and CHES) and Fabian Zuleeg (Chief Executive and Chief Economist)

This Commentary by Fabian Zuleeg and Hans Martens considers whether the measures taken so far are indeed “timely, temporary and targeted”.


Dealing with troubled neighbourhoods
12 February 2009
Rosa Balfour (Senior Adviser to EPC on Europe in the World)

This Commentary by Rosa Balfour and Antonio Missiroli warns that doubts remain over the EU’s ability to take a genuinely strategic approach and to offer the right mix of tools and incentives to really make a difference.


The new Serbia: fast forward towards the EU?
22 January 2009

This Policy Brief by Srdjan Cvijic highlights the stumbling blocks which must be overcome to usher in a new phase in the EU’s relations with Serbia.


Dragged along by Sarko, waiting for Obama
15 December 2008

This analysis warns that a combination of postponements, concessions, derogations and remaining unknowns make these “historic” agreements somewhat precarious and liable to further adjustment. But it concludes that, overall, France’s term at the EU’s helm has been a remarkable success.


UN Declaration of Human Rights at 60: what role for EU foreign policy?
8 December 2008
Rosa Balfour (Senior Adviser to EPC on Europe in the World)

On the eve of the 60th anniversary of the United Nations’ Declaration of Human Rights, this Policy Brief by Rosa Balfour considers whether the EU’s portrayal of itself as a “unique” champion of human rights is justified.


Asia to the rescue? Prospects and trade-offs
28 November 2008

This Commentary by Shada Islam underlines that Asian support for global rescue packages will come with strings attached, requiring a strategic rethink of Asia’s global role and the implications for EU policy.


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