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.


Economic recovery to a greener economy: mobilising ICT-based innovations
14 July 2009
Peter Johnston (Former EPC Senior Adviser)

The Swedish Presidency has a unique opportunity to set the agenda for realising the EU’s ambitions of “smarter, greener and more sustainable growth”, argues this Policy Brief by Peter Johnston.


Not out of the woods yet... - Post-Summit Analysis
22 June 2009

This analysis warns that the decisions taken at the Summit may not be sufficient, per se, to guarantee success, as a number of potential pitfalls still lie ahead.


Post-Election Analysis: Between apathy and anger - but no earthquake
9 June 2009

As the centre-right European People’s Party celebrates and the Socialists lick their wounds after a bruising defeat, this EPC analysis assesses the results of the European Parliament elections and considers what impact they are likely to have on the way the assembly operates and votes over the next five years.


Blue Cards and the 'global battle for talent'
28 May 2009

This Commentary by Elizabeth Collett argues that winning the ‘global battle for talent’ remains vital despite the economic crisis, but questions whether the watered-down scheme just agreed goes far enough to divert the flow of high-skilled workers away from North America and Asia.


Where next for the Lisbon Agenda?
25 May 2009
Hans Martens (Senior Adviser to EPC on energy, public service reform and CHES) and Fabian Zuleeg (Chief Executive and Chief Economist)

As the 2010 Lisbon Agenda deadline for making the EU “the most competitive and dynamic knowledge-based economy in the world” approaches, this Policy Brief by Hans Martens and Fabian Zuleeg analyses the progress made to date, warns that work on a successor to ‘Lisbon I’ must begin now, urges policy-makers to focus more strongly on long-term challenges and the new global realities, and insists that further structural reforms are essential if Europe wants to safeguard its economic and social models.


Strength in numbers? An evaluation of the 2004-2009 European Parliament
15 May 2009

This Issue Paper by Sara Hagemann analyses the outgoing Parliament’s performance and assesses the impact the 2004 and 2007 EU enlargements have had on the way it operates.


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.


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