Continental shift? Redefining EU-Africa relations
30 November 2007

The new Joint Strategy to be agreed at the December 2007 EU-Africa Summit heightens expectations about future relations between the two sides, but the hoped-for changes will not happen overnight, warns this Policy Brief written jointly by the EPC and the South African Institute of International Affairs. It analyses how the EU and Africa see each other, identifies the common ground and gaps between them, and considers how genuine and sustainable this new strategic approach really is.


The 'Global Approach to Migration': rhetoric or reality?
27 November 2007

This Policy Brief by Elizabeth Collett argues that the Union currently has neither the competence nor the political will to fulfil its mandate to create genuine partnerships with third countries to manage migration - and needs to act now to turn its rhetoric into reality.


EU and India: progress, ambitions, realities
23 November 2007

The EU-India Summit on 30 November offers both sides an opportunity to inject much-needed momentum into their hitherto relatively uninspiring relationship. This Policy Brief by Shada Islam assesses the limited progress which has been made to date in fostering closer cooperation between the two sides, and considers what more needs to be done by both the EU and India to forge a genuine strategic partnership.


The EU Foreign Service: how to build a more effective common policy
22 November 2007
Giovanni Grevi (Head of Europe in the World programme and Senior Fellow)

This Working Paper analyses the key questions which need to be addressed and offers some ideas aimed at framing the debate.


How to grow old without going bust
16 November 2007
Fabian Zuleeg (Chief Executive and Chief Economist)

This Policy Brief by Fabian Zuleeg argues that while pension reform is crucial, much more attention should also be paid to labour market reform.


Over and done with - at last
22 October 2007

The analysis argues that, amid all the talk of “moving on” from this painful chapter in the EU’s history, this summit may mark the end of an entire phase of the European integration process in which progress has chiefly been made through institutional ‘giant leaps forward’.


Cultivating a market for innovation in Europe
11 October 2007
Fabian Zuleeg (Chief Executive and Chief Economist)

This Policy Brief by Fabian Zuleeg, Jennifer Green and Carlos Buhigas Schubert, reflecting discussions which have taken place in the EPC’s Innovation Task Force, sets out a ten-point plan for making Europe truly innovative and unlocking all its economic potential.


The EU Reform Treaty: easier signed than ratified?
26 July 2007

As the Intergovernmental Conference gets underway and hopes rise of a final deal on the new EU treaty by mid-October, this Policy Brief by Sara Hagemann warns that getting the agreement ratified may be more challenging than has been assumed so far, even if governments manage to avoid holding referenda on the outcome.


Assessing the assessors: improving the quality of European Commission proposals
17 July 2007

Five years on from the launch of what was heralded by many as a policy revolution - the introduction of Impact Assessments on all new proposals - a recently published study for the European Commission highlighted weaknesses in the system which are undermining its effectiveness. This commentary analyses the reasons why this initiative is failing to live up to its promise and makes some concrete recommendations for action to improve the system.


A Midsummer Night's Treaty
24 June 2007

After two days of brinkmanship and high drama, EU leaders agreed a package of institutional reforms at the June summit that, despite the concessions made to the ‘minimalists’, will make the Union more effective.


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