Research

Why France is threatening to leave Schengen

Why France is threatening to leave Schengen

Hugo Brady
30 April 2012
President Sarkozy is using the EU's Schengen area as a political football. But French concerns over passport-free travel in Europe will persist after the elections.
Low-carbon energy

How to create a single European electricity market - and subsidise renewables

David Buchan
26 April 2012
Renewable energy needs subsidy. But different national subsidy schemes threaten energy integration. Schemes should be harmonised, even if the amount of subsidy continues to differ.
Governance reforms have left the euro's flawed structure intact

Governance reforms have left the euro's flawed structure intact

Philip Whyte
18 April 2012
European leaders have presided over a major overhaul of the way the eurozone is run. But the eurozone's basic institutional configuration remains as unstable as ever.
Energy efficiency: Made in Denmark, exportable to the rest of the EU?

Energy efficiency: Made in Denmark, exportable to the rest of the EU?

Stephen Tindale
11 April 2012
Denmark has Europe's most energy efficient economy. Copenhagen should stand firm behind the Commission's proposals on energy efficiency, which would save billions of euros.
The European Union budget 2014-20

The European Union budget 2014-20: More boldness needed

Stephen Tindale, John Peet
05 April 2012
Economic circumstances will make EU budget negotiations even more difficult than usual. Britain, France and Germany should drop their normal preconditions.
The US-Russia reset is over

The US-Russia reset is over

02 April 2012
Can the 'reset' between Russia and the US survive the return to the presidency of Vladimir Putin? Probably not, given the number of divisive issues.
Tackling the scourge of youth unemployment

Tackling the scourge of youth unemployment

28 March 2012
European youth unemployment is unacceptably high. Governments are trying to push young people into work, despite weak demand: they would do better to educate them.
How to keep Britain in the EU

How to keep Britain in the EU

26 March 2012
At a time when some governments are pushing for a more integrated European Union, the British are becoming more eurosceptic. This contradiction increases the likelihood of Britain eventually leaving the EU – an outcome that, if current trends continue, is thoroughly plausible.
In the short term, Britain's decision in December to...
Stable public finances require stronger business investment

Stable public finances require stronger business investment

26 March 2012
Economic recovery in Europe is being held back by the unprecedented weakness of business investment. Despite a secular decline in business taxation and labour market reforms that have boosted the power of capital relative to labour, the ratio of investment-to-GDP across the EU is at a 60 year low. Rather...
A new political bargain in Afghanistan

A new political bargain in Afghanistan

Edward Burke
26 March 2012
Reports by official US agencies, such as the Government Accountability Office, make it crystal clear: the Afghan government is stealing money from the international community and from the Afghan people, on an alarming scale. US and European officials in Kabul are dismayed but seem paralysed: their response is to vow...
Slovak elections

Oh no, Orban clone? The EU ponders Slovak elections

Tomas Valasek
23 March 2012
The incoming Slovak Prime Minister Robert Fico is no angel but rumours of Central Europe's capitulation to populism and euroscepticism have been greatly exaggerated.
A big eurozone gamble

Eurozone policy-makers place a big bet

13 March 2012
The ECB's decision to lend almost unlimited amounts of money to Europe's banks has bought the eurozone some time. But there is risk that time will be wasted.
Poland's U-turn on European defence: A missed opportunity?

Poland's U-turn on European defence: A missed opportunity?

Clara Marina O'Donnell
09 March 2012
In failing to respond to Poland's proposals on EU defence, European governments are missing an opportunity to improve Europe's ability to tackle military crises abroad.
All alone? What US retrenchment means for Europe and NATO

All alone? What US retrenchment means for Europe and NATO

François Heisbourg, Wolfgang Ischinger, George Robertson, Kori Schake, Tomas Valasek
01 March 2012
With the US reducing its role in NATO, the Europeans need to assume more military responsibility, and the alliance needs to narrow its ambitions.
Russia, China and global governance

Russia, China and global governance

29 February 2012
Will the 'multipolar' world have strong international institutions, or will balance-of-power politics prevail? The attitudes of Russia and China will be crucial.
Europe's growth strategy: All supply and no demand

Europe's growth strategy: All supply and no demand

Philip Whyte
27 February 2012
Europe's growth performance since 2008 has been abject. The reason is that fiscal policy has done too little to offset the impact of deleveraging in the private sector.
Pressure and tact are the right response to Victor Orban

Pressure and tact are the right response to Victor Orban

Balázs Jarábik
23 February 2012
The West should not isolate Hungary's Viktor Orban. While some of his instincts are deeply undemocratic, he is also a pragmatist, capable of adjusting course.
Russia is not completely wrong about Syria

Russia is not completely wrong about Syria

Edward Burke
17 February 2012
The Kremlin may be playing realpolitik and taking pride in blocking the West in Syria, but it has drawn attention to some weaknesses in Western diplomacy.
True partners? How Russia and China see each other

True partners? How Russia and China see each other

Dmitri Trenin
13 February 2012
Beijing and Moscow share the goal of curbing US power, but will not become allies. Moscow rejects a junior role, while China sees Russia as a fading power.