Research

In-work benefits

In-work benefits for EU migrants: How the British government dug itself into a hole

10 November 2015
The UK could make both Britons and EU migrants wait four years before having access to in-work benefits, but the ECJ might still rule it illegal.
The EU Energy Union: More than the sum of its parts?

The EU Energy Union: More than the sum of its parts?

Dieter Helm
09 November 2015
An Energy Union built around EU-wide gas and electricity networks will help produce cheaper, greener and more secure energy for Europe.
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25 years on: How the euro's architects erred

05 November 2015
The original plans for the euro – conceived 25 years ago – suffered from five major flaws. Only some of these flaws have been fixed.
Polish elections

Changing the guard in Poland but not much change for Cameron?

28 October 2015
Poland’s new government may share Cameron’s euroscepticism, but it will not support all his reform ideas – especially if they discriminate against Poles.
Cameron's EU gamble: Five reforms he can win, and ten pitfalls he must avoid

Cameron's EU gamble: Five reforms he can win, and ten pitfalls he must avoid

23 October 2015
Cameron's package of EU reforms will not be exciting. He could lose the referendum, because of the EU's many problems and the weakness of Britain's pro-Europeans.
Gain or more pain in Spain?

Gain or more pain in Spain?

Simon Tilford
19 October 2015
Spain is no poster child for austerity and structural reforms. The recovery is less than it appears and the country faces some formidable challenges.
Power to the parliaments! But will Cameron's EU partners join his crusade?

Power to the parliaments! But will Cameron's EU partners join his crusade?

16 October 2015
David Cameron wants parliaments to have a greater say in the EU. But member-states have little appetite to give national chambers powers to block Commission proposals.
EU foreign policy co-operation

EU foreign policy co-operation: A millstone or a multiplier for the UK?

12 October 2015
Submission to the House of Commons Foreign Affairs Select Committee inquiry on the costs and benefits of EU membership for the UK's role in the world.
By participating actively in EU foreign policy co-operation, the UK can get 27 other countries to take co-ordinated actions aligned with British aims. It could...
Beware of cheap oil!

Beware of cheap oil!

Rem Korteweg
07 October 2015
Europe’s economies welcome the collapse of oil prices. But serious foreign policy problems await if oil remains cheap.
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With or without you: Will Catalonia be Europe's next crisis?

30 September 2015
Catalonia’s elections caused more problems than they solved. Spain and Catalonia need to start a dialogue to reform Spain’s model of regional government. Otherwise, Catalonia will become Europe’s next crisis.
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The insoluble Syrian problem: Only wrong answers?

29 September 2015
No-one, including Putin, has a peace plan for Syria. The EU should stop pursuing unrealistic military and political aims and focus on helping the war’s victims.
Jeremy Corbyn and the rise of groupthink

Jeremy Corbyn and the rise of groupthink

24 September 2015
Jeremy Corbyn's rise to the Labour leadership heralds an era of ideological contest that threatens Britain's membership of the EU – and the United Kingdom itself.
Eastern mess: The EU's partners need attention

Eastern mess: The EU's partners need attention

24 September 2015
Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine signed EU association agreements in 2014, but reforms are now stalling. The EU needs to push the three governments to do more.
Will the eurozone reap what it has sown?

Will the eurozone reap what it has sown?

Simon Tilford
24 September 2015
The slowdown in emerging markets leaves the eurozone even more reliant on exports to the US and UK to compensate for its feeble domestic economy.
Reform in Kyiv

The battle for reform in Kyiv

16 September 2015
The government in Kyiv has introduced some important reforms. But vested interests and corruption are thwarting its efforts to modernise the state and the economy.
Refugee crisis

Europe’s refugee crisis: Chronicle of a death foretold

08 September 2015
To solve the refugee crisis, the EU should adopt a strategy that combines foreign policy and integration schemes. It should also reform its asylum law.
Lighten the load

Lighten the load

26 August 2015
Greece’s debt burden needs to be reduced, but maturity extensions on existing loans are not enough for Greece to return to the markets.
The Undiplomats: Right-wing populists and their foreign policies

The Undiplomats: Right-wing populists and their foreign policies

Yehuda Ben-Hur Levy
21 August 2015
The foreign policies of right-wing populist parties could damage European interests. Mainstream parties should address the problems populists highlight, without copying their policies.

Polish elections

Cameron’s renegotiation plans: The view from Warsaw

06 August 2015
Poland's October elections may complicate Cameron's renegotiation plans. A government led by Law and Justice could as easily confront Cameron as appease him.