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.

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.

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