Research & Press

The capital markets union: Should the EU shut out the City of London?

Jonathan Faull, Simon Gleeson
15 July 2019
The EU's capital markets union is intended to make its economy more resilient. That goal will be easier to achieve if the EU remains open to City of London markets.
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The EU, the US and the Middle East Peace Process: Two-state solution – or dissolution?

11 July 2019
Jared Kushner's economic plan for the Palestinians will erode the two-state solution. By easing tensions, the EU can preserve it. But Europe can no longer afford to be passive.

A troubled partnership: The US and Europe in the Middle East

10 July 2019
Trump's policies towards the Middle East have led to a serious transatlantic rift, particularly over Iran. To secure its interests in the region, Europe will need to shake off its passivity.

Now is the worst time for 'global Britain'

27 June 2019
Global trade integration has stalled since the financial crisis, and is unlikely to pick up steam any time soon. In that context, plans for ‘global Britain’ will do little to offset the costs of Brexit.

The EU's Security Union: A bill of health

21 June 2019
The Security Union has a mixed record. The next EU leaders should learn from its successes and failures to deal with fresh security questions like migration, China and disruptive technologies.

Huawei, my way or the highway: Which way should the EU turn?

18 June 2019
The EU and US both worry about China’s industrial espionage and unfair competition. But the US risks creating needless confrontation if it coerces Europeans into banning Huawei from 5G networks.

Taking a hard line with Italy may do the EU more harm than good

10 June 2019
The European Parliament elections destabilised Italy’s coalition government, strengthening the League. The EU should avoid giving populists an excuse to lash out.

The EU needs an effective common arms export policy

04 June 2019
The EU’s strategic interests and credibility are harmed by its ineffective and incoherent approach to arms export policy.

Competition policy in the 21st century: Size isn't everything

04 June 2019
France and Germany have proposed laxer EU merger control to help European companies compete with Chinese firms. But competition has been waning within the EU, and stronger merger rules may be needed.

The European Parliament elections: No grounds for complacency

04 June 2019
Despite media hype about a eurosceptic takeover, pro-EU forces held their ground in the European Parliament. But EU leaders cannot be complacent about the results of these European Parliament elections.

Trump's state visit to a country in a state

31 May 2019
Donald Trump may be an unwelcome visitor to London, but the special relationship’s travails should not obscure the transatlantic partnership’s enduring importance to the US, the UK and Europe.

Northern Ireland and the backstop: Why 'alternative arrangements' aren't an alternative

29 May 2019
Technical fixes for the Irish border will only work if created in conjunction with affected communities and businesses.

Germany should not run the ECB

23 May 2019
If Jens Weidmann became president of the European Central Bank (ECB), it would be more difficult to fight the next recession and prevent future crises. 

Restricting immigration means constricting trade in services

21 May 2019
The fortune of the UK’s all-important services sector after Brexit is inextricably linked to how open the country is to foreign workers and consumers.

The EU can keep the Iran nuclear deal alive

16 May 2019
Iran’s announcement that it will no longer comply with parts of the international nuclear agreement has put the EU in a difficult position. But modest moves by Europe could increase the chances that the core of the deal will survive. 

Should the EU make foreign policy decisions by majority voting?

15 May 2019
The current decision-making processes undermine the effectiveness of EU foreign policy. Extending majority voting would lead to more ambitious compromises.

The Brussels view of Brexit

14 May 2019
The EU is no longer as united as it was on how to handle the British. But just about everyone working on Brexit in the EU’s institutions and governments is fed up with them, and they do not believe that Britain’s politicians are capable of getting their act together and resolving the problem.

The big European sort? The diverging fortunes of Europe's regions

Christian Odendahl, John Springford, Scott Johnson, Jamie Murray
08 May 2019
Over the last 15 years, graduate workers and high-value services and technology firms have been clustering together in Europe’s most successful cities. This process may widen Europe’s political fault-lines in the future.

You never listen to me: The European-Saudi relationship after Khashoggi

02 May 2019
The EU has avoided confronting Saudi Arabia on its violations of international law. Now is the time for recalibration: the EU needs a firm, united policy towards the kingdom.

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