Research

Beware of cheap oil!

Beware of cheap oil!

Rem Korteweg
07 October 2015
Europe’s economies welcome the collapse of oil prices. But serious foreign policy problems await if oil remains cheap.
With or without you: Will Catalonia be Europe's next crisis? thumbnail

With or without you: Will Catalonia be Europe's next crisis?

30 September 2015
Catalonia’s elections caused more problems than they solved. Spain and Catalonia need to start a dialogue to reform Spain’s model of regional government. Otherwise, Catalonia will become Europe’s next crisis.
The insoluble Syrian problem: Only wrong answers? thumbnail

The insoluble Syrian problem: Only wrong answers?

29 September 2015
No-one, including Putin, has a peace plan for Syria. The EU should stop pursuing unrealistic military and political aims and focus on helping the war’s victims.
Jeremy Corbyn and the rise of groupthink

Jeremy Corbyn and the rise of groupthink

24 September 2015
Jeremy Corbyn's rise to the Labour leadership heralds an era of ideological contest that threatens Britain's membership of the EU – and the United Kingdom itself.
Eastern mess: The EU's partners need attention

Eastern mess: The EU's partners need attention

24 September 2015
Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine signed EU association agreements in 2014, but reforms are now stalling. The EU needs to push the three governments to do more.
Will the eurozone reap what it has sown?

Will the eurozone reap what it has sown?

24 September 2015
The slowdown in emerging markets leaves the eurozone even more reliant on exports to the US and UK to compensate for its feeble domestic economy.
Reform in Kyiv

The battle for reform in Kyiv

16 September 2015
The government in Kyiv has introduced some important reforms. But vested interests and corruption are thwarting its efforts to modernise the state and the economy.
Refugee crisis

Europe’s refugee crisis: Chronicle of a death foretold

08 September 2015
To solve the refugee crisis, the EU should adopt a strategy that combines foreign policy and integration schemes. It should also reform its asylum law.
Lighten the load

Lighten the load

26 August 2015
Greece’s debt burden needs to be reduced, but maturity extensions on existing loans are not enough for Greece to return to the markets.
The Undiplomats: Right-wing populists and their foreign policies

The Undiplomats: Right-wing populists and their foreign policies

Yehuda Ben-Hur Levy
21 August 2015
The foreign policies of right-wing populist parties could damage European interests. Mainstream parties should address the problems populists highlight, without copying their policies.

Polish elections

Cameron’s renegotiation plans: The view from Warsaw

Agata Gostyńska-Jakubowska
06 August 2015
Poland's October elections may complicate Cameron's renegotiation plans. A government led by Law and Justice could as easily confront Cameron as appease him.
Chasing the dragon: Russia's courtship of China

Chasing the dragon: Russia's courtship of China

04 August 2015
Russia wants the West to fear a Moscow-Beijing axis. But China sees Russia as a route to Europe, not a destination in itself.
How to keep Greece in

How to keep Greece in

27 July 2015
Unless the eurozone invests economically and politically in the future of Greece, the country's future in the single currency remains in doubt.
Could eurozone integration damage the single market?

Could eurozone integration damage the single market?

27 July 2015
Britain fears that the eurozone could caucus and impose rules on the EU single market. So David Cameron is asking for safeguards to protect the market.
Greek foreign policy: The next ruin?

Greek foreign policy: The next ruin?

Ian Bond, Rem Korteweg
27 July 2015
Grexit could create a foreign policy mess for Europe. Despite its Russophilia, Syriza's current foreign policy may be the best on offer.
Offline? How Europe can catch up with US technology

Offline? How Europe can catch up with US technology

26 July 2015
The EU should not fret about the power of US internet giants. The take-up of digital technology across the services sector is more important than a 'European Google'.
Britain's renegotiation: Advice to Mr Cameron

Britain's renegotiation: Advice to Mr Cameron

John Kerr
24 July 2015
To succeed in his renegotiation, David Cameron needs to build an alliance for reforms that benefit the EU as a whole. 
The Greek bailout deal resolves nothing

The Greek bailout deal resolves nothing

13 July 2015
Even if the new bailout makes it through the Greek parliament in coming weeks, the programme's economic incoherence will make it fall apart.