5 September 2012
The Black Sea region is of huge geostrategic importance to the EU, acting as an energy corridor and a bridge to the East, but the EU is yet to fully harness the potential for closer relations with partners in the region, participants heard in a Policy Dialogue.
To compromise or not to compromise? Albanian politicians between outdated dilemmas and European imperatives
3 September 2012
The recent polarisation of Albanian politics has seen the country waste a lot of time on its journey to potential EU accession, but the progress made in the last twenty years is striking, heard participants in a Policy Dialogue.
Building deeper economic union - what to do and what to avoid
17 July 2012
The euro zone must grant a central authority powers to limit the debt issuance of euro members, to intervene in national budgets and to change national policies in order to create a deeper economic union and secure the single currency’s future, said Jörg Asmussen, a member of the Executive Board of the European Central Bank (ECB).
The road from Rio: non-state actors as drivers of sustainable development?
13 July 2012
Civil society actors were able to make a positive contribution to the outcome of the ‘Rio+20’ United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development, heard participants in a Policy Dialogue, organised in cooperation with the European Economic and Social Committee.
A Federal Europe – The only way to save the euro and the EU?
12 July 2012
Federalism means different things to different people, but few commentators doubt that eurozone members must become more closely integrated if the EU is to overcome the crisis, heard participants in a Policy Dialogue held in cooperation with Notre Europe.
EU climate policies – Can we meet the challenges of the future with the means of today?
10 July 2012
The EU’s emissions trading scheme will continue to be a key element of its climate policy, but the allocation of permits must be adapted to match the realities of the economic crisis and avoid over-flooding the market, said Connie Hedegaard, European Commissioner for Climate Action, at a Breakfast Policy Briefing.
Indonesia’s rise – Perspectives for Europe and EU-ASEAN relations
5 July 2012
Indonesia has emerged from political chaos and an economic abyss to become the 16th largest economy in the world and one of the planet’s biggest and most vibrant democracies, heard participants in 2012's Stanley Crossick Lecture.
Post-Summit Policy Briefing
2 July 2012
At their 28-29 June summit, which took place in ‘deep-crisis mode’, EU leaders agreed on two immediate measures designed to relax bond markets and relieve the pressure on Spain and Italy, participants heard at a Post-Summit Briefing.
The EU and the Balkans - A long engagement or a happy marriage?
28 June 2012
Despite disillusionment with the slow pace of progress towards membership, EU accession remains the best anchor to secure economic growth and future prosperity for the Balkan region, heard participants at a Policy Dialogue.
Argentina’s unpaid loans – What are the risks for Europe?
28 June 2012
Argentina’s default on $81 billion of debt in 2001 was the largest sovereign default in history at the time. About 92% of this debt has since been restructured through swaps carried out in 2005 and 2010, and disagreements with the remaining creditors have continued to create tensions between Argentina and the international community for years, heard participants in a Policy Dialogue.