Preparing for transboundary threats: what role for the next Commission?
11 May 2009

This Policy Brief by Arjen Boin, Magnus Ekengren, Sara Myrdal and Mark Rhinard offers a series of recommendations for the next European Commission to lead the EU towards playing a clear, value-added role in coordinating transboundary crisis management.


Blink and you missed it
8 May 2009
Fabian Zuleeg (Chief Executive and Chief Economist)

Ahead of this week’s EU Employment Summit, European Commission President José Manuel Barroso said it was an opportunity to “keep employment at the top of the EU agenda, where it belongs”. But this Commentary by Fabian Zuleeg argues this opportunity was missed.


Revitalising EU-Japan relations: time to move from rhetoric to action
30 April 2009

This Commentary by Shada Islam argues that while the EU-Japan meeting on 4 May is likely to attract the least attention, its significance should not be under-estimated.


After Georgia: conflict resolution in the EU's Eastern Neighbourhood
29 April 2009
Amanda Paul (Senior Policy Analyst)

This Issue Paper by Amanda Akçakoca, Thomas Vanhauwaert, Richard Whitman and Stefan Wolff analyses the conflicts over South Ossetia, Abkhazia, Transnistria and Nagorno-Karabakh, and makes a series of recommendations for more effective EU policies and approaches to enable it to play a stronger role in resolving these decades-old disputes.


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.


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