The EU and ASEM: gesture politics or fruitful dialogue?
8 September 2006

The forthcoming ASEM summit is seen as an important link in the chain of Asia-Europe relations, but what practical benefits does the process have for interregional cooperation? Over the past decade, it has strengthened dialogue between the two sides, but has also been criticised as a ‘talking shop’. This Policy Brief by Jonas Knops argues that if the process is to remain significant, Europeans needs to devote more time and effort to it.

Russia on the eve of the G8 summit
10 July 2006
Fraser Cameron (Senior Adviser to EPC on international programmes)

This Policy Brief by Fraser Cameron argues that the EU has a long-term interest in a stable, peaceful, democratic Russia and what it needs, above all, is a united approach: neither blind Russia-bashing, nor supine acquiescence, but a sustained commitment to a relationship which strikes the right balance between rapprochement and distance.

Security sector reform in the Balkans: a key to ending conflict
28 June 2006

Security sector reform is essential in post-conflict countries in the Balkans to achieve sustainable peace, argues Lucia Montanaro-Jankovski in this Policy Brief.

Making Europe work: improving the transposition, implementation and enforcement of EU legislation
27 June 2006

This Working Paper warns that failure to ensure that EU laws are correctly applied and effectively enforced risks further undermining support for the integration process, and makes detailed recommendations to improve the transposition, implementation and enforcement of legislation.

A human security agenda for the EU?
21 June 2006

This Issue Paper by John Kotsopoulos argues that adopting a formal human security agenda would benefit the EU by improving the coordination and focus of its external relations policies.

On the slow road to recovery, destination unknown
19 June 2006

For, as this analysis explains, the discussions on the two issues which dominated the summit - the fate of the Constitutional Treaty and the future of enlargement – left many questions unanswered.

The European Neighbourhood Policy as a conflict prevention tool
13 June 2006
Rosa Balfour (Senior Adviser to EPC on Europe in the World) and Fraser Cameron (Senior Adviser to EPC on international programmes)

This Issue Paper, written by Fraser Cameron in collaboration with Rosa Balfour, argues that although the ENP was not designed with conflict prevention in mind, it has the potential to be an important instrument to stabilise and resolve conflicts in the wider Europe.

Playing ball: EU regulation of professional football since the Bosman ruling
8 June 2006

As World Cup fever grips the continent, this Policy Brief by Borja García, examines the impact of EU legislation and policies on the ‘beautiful game’ since the European Court of Justice’s landmark ruling in the case brought by Belgian footballer Jean-Marc Bosman in 1995.

Gas and electricity in Europe: the elusive common interest
12 May 2006

This Policy Brief by Guillaume Durand argues that for all the talk of a common energy policy, Member States remain reluctant to create a truly integrated market

One size fits all? Tailored integration policies for migrants in the European Union
4 May 2006

This Working Paper by Elizabeth Collett warns that EU Member States’ integration policies have not kept pace with these developments and neglect the needs of temporary migrants.

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