Sustainable Prosperity for Europe

Where would we be now without the euro?
14 October 2008
Hans Martens (Senior Adviser to EPC on energy, public service reform and CHES) and Fabian Zuleeg (Chief Executive and Chief Economist)

With the global financial crisis high on the agenda at the 15-16 October EU Summit, this Commentary by Hans Martens and Fabian Zuleeg supports European Commission President José Manuel Barroso’s claim that the euro has been “a key steadying force”, preventing a currency crisis adding to the problems caused by the credit crunch.


EU energy and climate policy - two years on
25 September 2008

This Issue Paper by Jørgen Henningsen argues that there is still some way to go to translate this into efficient policy responses, and contains a number of recommendations for action to achieve the EU’s target for cutting greenhouse gas emissions.


Reducing unnecessary red tape: where are the low hanging fruits?
16 September 2008
Fabian Zuleeg (Chief Executive and Chief Economist)

This Commentary by Fabian Zuleeg and Marie-Hélène Fandel argues that the focus should not primarily be on less regulation, but on better regulation to achieve the EU’s policy objectives while avoiding unnecessary administrative burdens, to avoid the risk that changes designed to reduce bureaucracy will in fact make necessary legislation less effective.


Social Europe: moving forward but with small and cautious steps
17 July 2008
Fabian Zuleeg (Chief Executive and Chief Economist)

The underlying objectives of the European Commission’s recently published ‘Social Package’ chime strongly with the French EU Presidency’s emphasis on showing that Europe can do more to address its citizens’ concerns. But this Commentary by Fabian Zuleeg concludes that both its ambitions and content are somewhat limited.


A time to heal
23 June 2008

The June 2008 European Council was transformed by Ireland’s ‘No’ to the Lisbon Treaty into a crisis summit, but failed to give a clear direction to the whole process after the Irish shock. Although the opening page of the Presidency Conclusions focuses entirely on the Treaty, it in fact says very little.


The spectre of stagflation
13 June 2008
Hans Martens (Senior Adviser to EPC on energy, public service reform and CHES) and Fabian Zuleeg (Chief Executive and Chief Economist)

This Commentary, by Hans Martens and Fabian Zuleeg, argues that Europe is still far from stagflation, but if the current crisis encourages Europeans to coordinate their structural and fiscal policies more closely, some good might still come from it.


Is the health of the Single Market under threat?
2 June 2008

Amid warnings that the impact of unhealthy lifestyles on public finances could be “as bad as climate change”, this Policy Brief by Marie-Hélène Fandel warns that our waistlines, hearts and lungs (and government budgets) may not be the only casualty of all this.


A harsh reality check for the EU
17 March 2008

This analysis concludes that European Commission President José Manuel Barroso’s claim that the EU had passed a “reality test” is premature. It also highlights the growing role given to the Commission in finding solutions to thorny issues which EU leaders cannot agree on.


Europe, globalisation and the Single Market: lessons and comparisons
11 March 2008
Fabian Zuleeg (Chief Executive and Chief Economist)

This Commentary by Fabian Zuleeg argues that the Single Market provides an example of how economic integration can be made to work for ordinary people and how fears of globalisation can be allayed - if there is visionary leadership leading to economic reform, adequate international governance structures and if the benefits are communicated effectively to the public.


Gain without pain: towards a more rational use of energy
5 March 2008
Fabian Zuleeg (Chief Executive and Chief Economist)

As EU leaders prepare to discuss the European Commission’s climate change package at their 13-14 March Summit, this Working Paper by Marie-Hélène Fandel and Fabian Zuleeg argues that policy-makers risk overlooking an obvious way to make progress in the short term.


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