A change of climate
20 October 2008

It was a quintessential case of good and bad news: on the one hand, the 15-16 October European Council agreed on the financial rescue package, thus sending a loud and clear message about EU leaders’ determination to tackle the crisis. On the other, they displayed growing disunity over the energy and climate package, thus sending a much less clear message to the outside world about their willingness to lead by example in this area.


Where would we be now without the euro?
14 October 2008
Hans Martens (Senior Adviser to EPC on energy, public service reform and CHES) and Fabian Zuleeg (Chief Executive and Chief Economist)

With the global financial crisis high on the agenda at the 15-16 October EU Summit, this Commentary by Hans Martens and Fabian Zuleeg supports European Commission President José Manuel Barroso’s claim that the euro has been “a key steadying force”, preventing a currency crisis adding to the problems caused by the credit crunch.


The EU Immigration Pact - from Hague to Stockholm, via Paris
7 October 2008

As EU leaders prepare to sign a new ‘Immigration Pact’ at the 15-16 October European Council, this Policy Brief by Elizabeth Collett analyses the pact’s content and what the changes made to the initial French Presidency draft tell us about the current state of the EU immigration debate.


EU energy and climate policy - two years on
25 September 2008

This Issue Paper by Jørgen Henningsen argues that there is still some way to go to translate this into efficient policy responses, and contains a number of recommendations for action to achieve the EU’s target for cutting greenhouse gas emissions.


Reducing unnecessary red tape: where are the low hanging fruits?
16 September 2008
Fabian Zuleeg (Chief Executive and Chief Economist)

This Commentary by Fabian Zuleeg and Marie-Hélène Fandel argues that the focus should not primarily be on less regulation, but on better regulation to achieve the EU’s policy objectives while avoiding unnecessary administrative burdens, to avoid the risk that changes designed to reduce bureaucracy will in fact make necessary legislation less effective.


The guns of August
4 September 2008

The extraordinary European Council held this week to discuss relations with Russia and the conflict in Georgia surprised many by ending in consensus of all 27 Member States, with conclusions that combined political principles with clear operational steps. However, argues this commentary by Antonio Missiroli, it is unclear whether such unity can hold, especially if the conditions of the ceasefire are not met, and, in any case, the situation will have long-term consequences for the EU’s internal and external policies.


Social Europe: moving forward but with small and cautious steps
17 July 2008
Fabian Zuleeg (Chief Executive and Chief Economist)

The underlying objectives of the European Commission’s recently published ‘Social Package’ chime strongly with the French EU Presidency’s emphasis on showing that Europe can do more to address its citizens’ concerns. But this Commentary by Fabian Zuleeg concludes that both its ambitions and content are somewhat limited.


Shoring up the EU's Mediterranean policy: where next?
3 July 2008
Rosa Balfour (Senior Adviser to EPC on Europe in the World)

In this Commentary by Rosa Balfour points out, after much rhetoric, spin, and debate, the UfM bubble has burst to reveal much more limited ambitions, and many issues and open questions remain.


Making Bosnia and Herzegovina's transformation irreversible
24 June 2008

This Policy Brief by Lidija Topic argues that while the SAA gives BH a contractual relationship with the Union - a crucial building-block towards making its transformation “irreversible” - the continuation of this process is not automatic and BH must now prove its ability to implement the agreement.


A time to heal
23 June 2008

The June 2008 European Council was transformed by Ireland’s ‘No’ to the Lisbon Treaty into a crisis summit, but failed to give a clear direction to the whole process after the Irish shock. Although the opening page of the Presidency Conclusions focuses entirely on the Treaty, it in fact says very little.


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