Research

A UK without Scotland

A UK without Scotland

12 September 2014
If the Scots vote to leave the United Kingdom, what is left of it will be more likely to leave the EU.
The challenge to the West: Restoring European deterrence

The challenge to the West: Restoring European deterrence

03 September 2014
With Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, deterrence in Europe has broken down. The EU and NATO must show resolve if they are to restore it.
Learning from Herman: A handbook for the European Council president

Learning from Herman: A handbook for the European Council president

Agata Gostyńska-Jakubowska
21 August 2014
Van Rompuy needs to forge a consensus on his successor. He should look in the mirror and seek a candidate with his own best characteristics.
Boris Johnson, Gerard Lyons and policy-based evidence making

Boris Johnson, Gerard Lyons and policy-based evidence making

11 August 2014
Conservatives say that leaving the EU would be better than the status quo, but where is the evidence?
Dealing with Russia: law, jaw and war

Dealing with Russia: Law, jaw and war

08 August 2014
The EU should be ready to take more steps against Russia, and help defend Ukraine – but also talk directly to Putin to try to change his mind.
EU enlargement

EU enlargement

31 July 2014
A number of member-states are unenthusiastic about further EU enlargement, but has the EU grown as much as it is going to?
An open letter to David Cameron

An open letter to David Cameron

29 July 2014
David Cameron will have to work hard to detoxify the British brand, if he wants to persuade other member-states to help him reform the EU.
Three things for NATO to think about

Three things for NATO to think about

29 July 2014
NATO’s summit in September should decide what to do, with whom and how. Russia’s new-style warfare in Ukraine should make the alliance think.
The banking union alone cannot bring recovery

The banking union alone cannot bring recovery

29 July 2014
The banking union is a work in progress but a significant step in the right direction. However, it will not be enough for a proper recovery.
A presence farther east: Can Europe play a strategic role in the Asia-Pacific re

A presence farther east: Can Europe play a strategic role in the Asia-Pacific region?

Rem Korteweg
25 July 2014
Europe should increase its role to promote East Asian security. Its economic interests, transatlantic ties and relations with Asian partners are in jeopardy.
The EU and an independent Scotland

The EU and an independent Scotland

John Kerr
23 July 2014
John Kerr explains why breaking up is hard to do, and why no-one knows how exactly to reconnect an independent Scotland with the EU.
Twelve things everyone should know about the European Court of Justice

Twelve things everyone should know about the European Court of Justice

22 July 2014
As EU judges prepare to rule on issues like the euro, Facebook and benefit tourism, Hugo Brady gives a political and legal analysis of the ECJ.
Will the eurozone gang up on Britain?

Will the eurozone gang up on Britain?

14 July 2014
Britain's eurosceptics and its continental critics agree that the eurozone will push it out of the EU. But eurozone and UK interests are more aligned than opposed.
Interest rates

The eurozone's real interest rate problem

08 July 2014
Aggressive fiscal and regulatory policies are needed to counteract the effects of divergent real interest rates in the eurozone – but this is not happening.
The eurozone is no place for poor countries

The eurozone is no place for poor countries

27 June 2014
The gap between the eurozone’s richer and poorer members is as wide as in 1999 and is growing. Poorer prospective members should take note.
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Russia's gas deal with China: Business is business

Ian Bond, Rem Korteweg
25 June 2014
Russia's gas deal with China helps Beijing more than Moscow. It should also encourage the EU to reduce its energy dependence on Russia.
Juncker battle

Why the push to install Juncker is so damaging

23 June 2014
The battle for Juncker does not pit the British against Europe's democrats. It is a power grab by the European Parliament, combined with self-interested haggling by governments.
How to finish the euro house

How to finish the euro house

Philippe Legrain
17 June 2014
Eurozone governance is politically unsustainable: its rules and institutions favour creditor over debtor countries. Eurozone policy-makers need to change direction before it is too late.
German investment

More investment, for Germany’s sake

13 June 2014
German investment is low while German borrowing costs are at record lows. Convincing the German government to invest will not be easy, for political reasons.