Islam and the EU: the merits and risks of Inter-Cultural Dialogue
19 June 2007

This Policy Brief by Sara Silvestri analyses how the concept is being interpreted in the EU and warns that it must be accompanied by practical initiatives going beyond the institutionalisation of Islam and public diplomacy events.


Why speed must not be the only measure of success in the summit treaty talks
11 June 2007

With less than two weeks to go before the EU summit, it is still difficult to predict the precise outcome of the discussions on a replacement for the Constitutional Treaty. But there are signs that many EU leaders are tempted to opt for political ‘quick-fix’ at almost any price and without a broader public debate. This commentary warns against this, explaining why it could turn out to be a short-term ‘victory’ with potentially serious long-term consequences.


Reassessing the European Neighbourhood Policy
7 June 2007
Rosa Balfour (Senior Adviser to EPC on Europe in the World)

This Issue Paper by Rosa Balfour and Antonio Missiroli argue that changes to the ENP are now needed to narrow the gap between the goals it sets and the expectations it raises, on the one hand, and the results and outcomes it can deliver, on the other.


Up close and personal: data protection and EU-US relations
31 May 2007

This Policy Brief by Johnny Pring analyses the ongoing row over US access to European airline passenger data and warns that the political and legal uncertainty over this issue is set to continue.


European Citizens' Consultations: expert commentaries
14 May 2007

Representatives of the 1,800 citizens from all 27 EU Member States who took part in the European Citizens’ Consultations, the biggest-ever pan-European debate on the future of Europe, have delivered their report to EU policy-makers. This paper analyses the outcome of those deliberations, organised by a network of independent and non-political foundations, think tanks and civil society organisations.


Better Regulation: a regional perspective
8 May 2007

The Issue Paper outlines the findings of a survey on the transposition of EU directives in regions with legislative powers carried out by the EPC with the support of the Scottish Executive, underlines the need for more attention to be paid to this important aspect of the Better Regulation agenda, and makes a series of recommendations for action.


Asian Voices in Europe
30 April 2007

Over the past year, the EPC and the Sasakawa Peace Foundation (SPF) have joined forces to organise a lecture series entitled Asian Voices in Europe, with a string of high-profile speakers debating a wide range of issues including the Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM), India’s economy, Japan’s tense relations with North Korea and China, and the Korean Peninsula’s nuclear crisis. This new publication brings together the reports on all these events and transcripts of the keynote speeches.


Building societal security in Europe: the EU's role in managing emergencies
17 April 2007

This Working Paper charts the EU’s growing role in this area, identifies the major challenges in developing this role and sketches out some possible ways forward.


The ENP three years on: where from - and where next?
27 March 2007
Antonio Missiroli (Director, EU Institute for Security Studies)

As EU Foreign Ministers prepare to meet in Bremen to discuss the future of the European Neighbourhood Policy, this Policy Brief by EPC Chief Policy Analyst Antonio Missiroli argues that the existing ENP cannot live up to expectations and is in need of reform.


Blue skies over Berlin?
27 March 2007

This Commentary warns that despite the more positive mood around the Union’s top table, the arguments over the drafting of the Berlin Declaration illustrate just how difficult it will be to bridge the gap between the Constitution’s supporters and those who favour a minimalist approach.


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