Research

US-EU

The midterm elections, Europe and US foreign policy

Tomas Valasek
01 October 2010
Though Barack Obama remains popular in Europe, he has his detractors there, particularly among foreign policy professionals.
The EU's new supervisory architecture

The EU's new supervisory architecture - evolution or revolution?

Philip Whyte
01 October 2010
In early September EU finance ministers approved the Commission's proposals for reforming the EU's supervisory architecture for financial services.
Immigration: Why Brussels will be blamed

Immigration: Why Brussels will be blamed

Hugo Brady
27 September 2010
Liberal Sweden elects an explicitly anti-immigrant party to parliament for the first time. France's president and the European Commission lacerate each other in public over deportations of Roma.
Observations from Russia

Observations from Russia

23 September 2010
On a recent trip to Russia, I found that the momentum for reform, very evident last year, has dissipated. The more encouraging news is that Russia’s leaders are trying to be civil to Americans and Europeans.
How to save the euro

How to save the euro

14 September 2010
Current efforts to reform the eurozone are set to fall dramatically short of what is required to secure the future of the single currency. Poor economic growth prospects, rather than fiscal ill-discipline, lie at the heart of the currency union's problems.
Turkish politics and the fading magic of EU enlargement

Turkish politics and the fading magic of EU enlargement

Sinan Ulgen
07 September 2010
Open hostility towards Turkish accession in some EU countries has made it hard for Turkish politicians to continue preparing the country for membership.
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Has Germany become Europe's locomotive?

Philip Whyte
02 September 2010
The German economy has been growing exceptionally strongly of late. In the second quarter of 2010, it expanded faster than any other economy in the G7 and faster than at any time since the country’s reunification in 1990.
How should Europe respond to sovereign investors in its defence sector?

How should Europe respond to sovereign investors in its defence sector?

Clara Marina O'Donnell
01 September 2010
A small number of sovereign investors, sometimes originating from non-democratic states, are buying shares in European aerospace and defence companies.
US-China

The US-China 'reset': An opportunity for the EU

02 August 2010
Europe faces few bigger questions than how to handle China. Recent shifts in the Washington-Beijing relationship, together with changes in the EU itself, give the Europeans a chance to rethink their own relations with China.
In 2008 and 2009 China's foreign policy became more assertive. Deng Xiaoping's advice to his fellow...
Wind turbines

The EU must support clean energy, not dirty coal

Stephen Tindale
02 August 2010
The EU aspires to be a world leader in reducing carbon emissions. It seeks to develop renewable sources of energy and new ways of making coal and gas cleaner.
Euro

A childish take on the eurozone crisis

Philip Whyte
02 August 2010
In the 1970's, a group of young professionals in Washington formed a baby-sitting co-operative. The way it worked was simple. Couples who wanted an evening out could call on other parents to look after their children.
Is China being beastly to foreign investors?

Is China being beastly to foreign investors?

30 July 2010
When I visited China a year ago, I was struck by the strong feeling among many foreign firms there that the business environment was getting tougher. Western businessmen complained, in particular, about discrimination against foreigners.
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Who is winning Eastern Europe's great game?

Katinka Barysch
19 July 2010
The US is withdrawing from the former Soviet space; the European Union struggles to be taken seriously there. Does that leave Russia free to strengthen its influence in the countries around its borders? Not necessarily, for the situation in the region is complex.
Membership for Russia a step too far for NATO?

Membership for Russia a step too far for NATO?

Tomas Valasek
08 July 2010
There are growing signs that Russia’s relations with NATO are on the mend. Senior Russian thinkers, some close to the government, have been cautiously talking up the possibility of Russia joining the alliance, as have several western officials and think-tanks (including the CER.)
A transatlantic defence market, forever elusive?

A transatlantic defence market, forever elusive?

Clara Marina O'Donnell
01 July 2010
Despite close political and military ties across the Atlantic, defence markets are fragmented by burdensome export controls and government reluctance to buy equipment from abroad.
How to reform the Russian economy

How to reform the Russian economy

Sergei Guriev
01 July 2010
Russia's economy faces tough medium-term challenges: over-dependence on oil and gas, state-dominated industries and meddlesome bureaucrats.
Germany, the euro and the politics of the bail-out

Germany, the euro and the politics of the bail-out

Katinka Barysch
28 June 2010
Germany agreed to support its eurozone partners only slowly and reluctantly. Domestic political constraints and Angela Merkel's caution were partly to blame.