Research

Turkey's turmoil, the EU's reaction

Turkey's turmoil, the EU's reaction

Katinka Barysch
10 April 2008
Political turmoil is nothing new in Turkey. After six years of unusual stability, tensions have mounted since early 2007. The army threatened to topple the AKP government in case it made Abdullah Gul president.
The EU, Israel and Hamas

The EU, Israel and Hamas

Clara Marina O'Donnell
04 April 2008
The US has embarked on a new attempt to solve the Arab-Israeli conflict, backed by wide international support. But the situation on the ground between Israel and the Palestinians is so bad that peace looks out of reach for now.
Eurozone economic outlook

Eurozone economic outlook: Too much complacency

03 April 2008
A year ago the prospect of the dollar falling to 1.60 against the euro would have brought on cold sweats across Europe. Yet, here we are and there is no sense of crisis.
Liberal reforms are no threat to social Europe

Liberal reforms are no threat to social Europe

Philip Whyte
01 April 2008
Europeans have long sought to reconcile markets with social solidarity. The EU’s economic reform programme, the Lisbon agenda, falls squarely within this tradition. Launched in 2000, its vaulting ambition was to turn the EU into the “most competitive and dynamic knowledge-based economy in the world by 2010”.
For a new Iran policy

For a new Iran policy

Christoph Bertram
01 April 2008
For almost six years now the West has tried – and failed – to stop the Iranian nuclear programme. Instead, nuclear enrichment has become a matter of Iranian national pride and sovereignty.
Applicants sought for new Council president

Applicants sought for new Council president

01 April 2008
Are you bright, agreeable, and good with languages? Do you have a track record of running an EU country? Are you looking for a new opportunity to work with European and world leaders? Then we, the EU’s heads of state and government, would like to hear from you.
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The new politics of EU internal security

The new politics of EU internal security

28 March 2008
EU interior ministers are racing to finish a raft of new legislation on terrorism, crime and illegal immigration by the end of the year. One reason for their sudden sense of urgency is politics.
Bulletin issue 59

Issue 59 - 2008

Hugo Brady, Philip Whyte, Christoph Bertram
28 March 2008
A joint response to the credit crunch

A joint response to the credit crunch

Katinka Barysch
19 March 2008
Ailing banks are being rescued, markets remain frozen, economic numbers are becoming gloomier. Of course, central banks and governments are focusing on fire-fighting, on cutting interest rates, on providing cash to liquidity-starved banks and to consumers.
Russia

Dmitry Medvedev - Putin clone or the new man?

Bobo Lo
13 March 2008
As Dmitry Medvedev walked across Red Square to join the concert celebrating his crushing victory in the Russian presidential elections, he could have been forgiven for wondering whether he had reached the pinnacle of achievement or been handed a poisoned chalice.
The Czechs in the EU

The Czechs in the EU: In the middle of the class

10 March 2008
On a recent visit to Prague, people kept asking me how the Czech Republic was doing as EU member-state, and whether it was a successful member.
Kosovo - the economic dilemma

Kosovo - the economic dilemma

Katinka Barysch
29 February 2008
Now that Kosovo’s independence party is over, the hard work begins. Despite the efforts of the UN and the EU, the institutions of government remain fragile, corruption is rife, and organised crime is a problem.
The EU in Kosovo

The EU in Kosovo: Learning to let go

Tomas Valasek
25 February 2008
Here’s a secret about Kosovo’s independence – it is not real; not yet anyway. Without outside help, Kosovo would not function today. But at the same time, the new EU mission will have to justify its presence in the eyes of the Kosovo people.
Time for the Export-Weltmeister to start consuming

Time for the Export-Weltmeister to start consuming

13 February 2008
Too many Europeans are blaming the US for the economic slowdown in Europe, as if everything would have been fine if only the Americans were not so irresponsible. This is complacent.
The Slovak roadblock for the Lisbon treaty

The Slovak roadblock for the Lisbon treaty

Tomas Valasek
08 February 2008
Fear the unknown unknowns, the former US defence minister Donald Rumsfeld once said (before falling victim to his own adage). There is a lesson in his words for the framers of the Lisbon treaty.
The Egypt-Gaza boarder breach: A wake up call? thumbnail

The Egypt-Gaza boarder breach: A wake up call?

Clara Marina O'Donnell
08 February 2008
Events on the ground in Israel and Gaza have taken a new turn for the worse. But the latest crisis could lead to a more constructive approach in solving the Middle East stand-off.
EU migration policy

EU migration policy: An A-Z

Hugo Brady
01 February 2008
More and more people want to come to Europe to live and work. This is a welcome development, given Europe's ageing population. But increasing migration poses big challenges for EU governments.
Lisbon scorecard VIII

The Lisbon scorecard VIII: Is Europe ready for an economic storm?

Simon Tilford, Katinka Barysch, Philip Whyte
01 February 2008
After more than half a decade of economic gloom, the years 2006 and 2007 restored some much-needed optimism to Europe. Faster GDP growth and falling unemployment were at least partly due to the implementation of structural reform.
My five ideas for Europe

My five ideas for Europe's future

Nick Butler
01 February 2008
To dismiss history is usually a mistake. But in one respect, at least, history weighs down on Europe in a manner that crushes its promise and potential. After a dismal century in which the continent was torn apart by men with vision and certainties, a reaction was inevitable.
Bad omens loom over Irish referendum

Bad omens loom over Irish referendum

01 February 2008
Ireland's voters have a crucial decision to make on the future of the EU – in May or June this year – when they vote in the only referendum on the Treaty of Lisbon.