Research

Gain or more pain in Spain?

Gain or more pain in Spain?

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?

Agata Gostyńska-Jakubowska
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.
With or without you: Will Catalonia be Europe's next crisis? thumbnail

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.
The insoluble Syrian problem: Only wrong answers? thumbnail

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?

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

Agata Gostyńska-Jakubowska
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.
Chasing the dragon: Russia's courtship of China

Chasing the dragon: Russia's courtship of China

04 August 2015
Russia wants the West to fear a Moscow-Beijing axis. But China sees Russia as a route to Europe, not a destination in itself.
How to keep Greece in

How to keep Greece in

27 July 2015
Unless the eurozone invests economically and politically in the future of Greece, the country's future in the single currency remains in doubt.
Could eurozone integration damage the single market?

Could eurozone integration damage the single market?

27 July 2015
Britain fears that the eurozone could caucus and impose rules on the EU single market. So David Cameron is asking for safeguards to protect the market.
Greek foreign policy: The next ruin?

Greek foreign policy: The next ruin?

Ian Bond, Rem Korteweg
27 July 2015
Grexit could create a foreign policy mess for Europe. Despite its Russophilia, Syriza's current foreign policy may be the best on offer.