Research & Press

Has Germany been Finlandised (and has Britain)?

Has Germany been Finlandised (and has Britain)?

21 December 2006
During the Cold War, Finland was a prosperous, liberal democracy. But its leaders felt unable to criticise the Soviet Union, particularly on questions of foreign policy.
A primer on the German presidency

A primer on the German presidency

Katinka Barysch
21 December 2006
On January 1st 2007, Germany takes over the rotating EU presidency. Chancellor Angela Merkel has ambitious goals that include an EU agreement on energy policy and on what to do with the Union's moribund constitutional treaty. Both will be very difficult to achieve.
Euro

Beware a weak dollar!

Simon Tilford
08 December 2006
When Claude Trichet, president of the European Central Bank, announced yesterday’s increase in eurozone interest rates, he did not even mention the threat a weaker dollar could pose to the outlook for the eurozone economy.
If Turkey and the EU break up...

If Turkey and the EU break up...

Katinka Barysch
01 December 2006
The EU may decide to halt the accession talks with Turkey – or the Turkish government may walk away from them. But has either seriously thought through the consequences?
Time to get tough on carbon emissions

Time to get tough on carbon emissions

Simon Tilford
01 December 2006
The single biggest challenge facing the world may be to decouple economic growth from growth in emissions of greenhouse gases.
Transatlantic trade

Transatlantic trade: walk before you run

Aurore Wanlin
01 December 2006
Ever since the EU forged its plans for a single market, in the late 1980s, there has periodically been interest in the idea of establishing a transatlantic single market – removing not only tariffs, but also non-tariff barriers to trade and investment.
Turkish business and EU accession

Turkish business and EU accession

Sinan Ülgen
01 December 2006
Turkish accession prospects were becoming bleaker at the end of 2006, just over a year after the start of accession talks. Both Turkey’s political elite and its people are disillusioned with the EU.
France

Segolene's crushing victory: Good or bad news?

Aurore Wanlin
26 November 2006
Segolene Royal’s victory in the socialist party’s (PS) presidential primary last week was widely expected. The scale of her triumph, however, came as a surprise.
Bulletin issue 51

Issue 51 - 2007

Katinka Barysch, Simon Tilford, Aurore Wanlin
24 November 2006
Climate Change: Western business can help China and India

Climate Change: Western business can help China and India

Katinka Barysch
17 November 2006
We Europeans are proud pioneers in combating climate change. But what we do at home is almost irrelevant unless we persuade and help China and India to limit emissions.
The EU and Russia: From principle to pragmatism

The EU and Russia: From principle to pragmatism

Katinka Barysch
10 November 2006
The EU and Russia find it difficult to get on. Europeans are disturbed by the Russian government's scant regard for civil liberties, its tightening grip on the energy sector and its bullying of neighbouring countries.
Absorption capacity – the wrong debate

Absorption capacity – the wrong debate

Katinka Barysch
09 November 2006
On November 8th, the European Commission published its new strategy report on enlargement. A non-event: drafts had been widely leaked to the press; and the most explosive question – whether accession negotiations with Turkey should by wholly or partly suspended because of Cyprus – has been put off until December.
Europe's flawed approach to Arab democracy

Europe's flawed approach to Arab democracy

Richard Youngs
02 October 2006
The European Union's efforts to promote political reform in North Africa and the Middle East are running into the ground. After the September 11th 2001 terrorist attacks in the US, Europe's leaders pledged to promote democracy in the region as a way of tackling the root causes of terrorism.
Towards an environmental union

Towards an environmental union

David Miliband
02 October 2006
When I was involved in the creation of CER in 1994 I hoped it would become an important source of ideas and debate about the future of Europe.
Global challenges will drive European reform

Global challenges will drive European reform

Nick Butler
02 October 2006
When the first CER bulletin was published, almost a decade ago, the emphasis was firmly on the word ‘reform’. The EU had fulfilled its original purpose. Western Europe was an area of security, peace and, in the main, prosperity.
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The bulletin at fifty

02 October 2006
The CER opened its office in January 1998. Soon afterwards we established the bulletin as a forum for debate on European reform – both for our staff, and for external contributors.
Europe's blurred boundaries

Europe's blurred boundaries: Rethinking enlargement and neighbourhood policy

02 October 2006
In many parts of the EU there is growing hostility to further enlargement. Charles Grant argues that the EU must keep open the prospect of accession for its European neighbours, and suggests how opposition to enlargement can best be overcome.
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Issue 50 - 2006

Charles Grant, David Miliband, Nick Butler
29 September 2006
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A compact between China and the European Union

Charles Grant, Chen Shuxun, Cui Zhiyuan, Feng Zhongping, Gao Shixian, Gu Zhenqiang, Pan Jiahua, Xing Hua, Zhou Hong, François Godement, Mark Leonard, Eberhard Sandschneider, Andrew Small
05 September 2006
CER - FPC - DGAP - Chinese Academy of Social Sciences - Asia Centre
Both the European Union and China are committed to giving the Sino-European relationship a genuinely strategic dimension. Since they announced this objective in 2004, there has been a blossoming of 'strategic dialogues', both bilateral and multilateral. These have ensured that broader strategic and geo-political issues are now on the agenda...
Will the eurozone crack?

Will the eurozone crack?

Simon Tilford
01 September 2006
Europeans often refer to Economic and Monetary Union and enlargement as the EU's two greatest successes. However, the basis for a sustainable currency union is not in place.

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