European Politics and Institutions

The EU Reform Treaty: easier signed than ratified?
26 July 2007

As the Intergovernmental Conference gets underway and hopes rise of a final deal on the new EU treaty by mid-October, this Policy Brief by Sara Hagemann warns that getting the agreement ratified may be more challenging than has been assumed so far, even if governments manage to avoid holding referenda on the outcome.

Islam and the EU: the merits and risks of Inter-Cultural Dialogue
19 June 2007

This Policy Brief by Sara Silvestri analyses how the concept is being interpreted in the EU and warns that it must be accompanied by practical initiatives going beyond the institutionalisation of Islam and public diplomacy events.

Why speed must not be the only measure of success in the summit treaty talks
11 June 2007

With less than two weeks to go before the EU summit, it is still difficult to predict the precise outcome of the discussions on a replacement for the Constitutional Treaty. But there are signs that many EU leaders are tempted to opt for political ‘quick-fix’ at almost any price and without a broader public debate. This commentary warns against this, explaining why it could turn out to be a short-term ‘victory’ with potentially serious long-term consequences.

Up close and personal: data protection and EU-US relations
31 May 2007

This Policy Brief by Johnny Pring analyses the ongoing row over US access to European airline passenger data and warns that the political and legal uncertainty over this issue is set to continue.

Debating the Constitution: between realism and revival
23 May 2007

As the German Presidency searches for a way out of the impasse over the Constitutional Treaty ahead of the June EU summit, this Policy Brief by EPC Policy Analyst Sara Hagemann and Director of Studies Antonio Missiroli examines the alternatives which have been suggested for moving forward.

European Citizens' Consultations: expert commentaries
14 May 2007

Representatives of the 1,800 citizens from all 27 EU Member States who took part in the European Citizens’ Consultations, the biggest-ever pan-European debate on the future of Europe, have delivered their report to EU policy-makers. This paper analyses the outcome of those deliberations, organised by a network of independent and non-political foundations, think tanks and civil society organisations.

Blue skies over Berlin?
27 March 2007

This Commentary warns that despite the more positive mood around the Union’s top table, the arguments over the drafting of the Berlin Declaration illustrate just how difficult it will be to bridge the gap between the Constitution’s supporters and those who favour a minimalist approach.

Balkans in Europe: why, when and how?
5 March 2007

In 2003, EU leaders promised the countries of the Western Balkans that their future lay within the Union. However, several Member States have since succumbed to ‘enlargement fatigue’ and this has fuelled doubts about the EU’s commitment to the process. This Policy Brief by Graham Avery and Judy Batt argues that the Union has a moral and political responsibility to keep its promise, considers the likely timeframe for membership and assesses how to move the process forward.

The European Commission at 27: between reshuffle and reform
24 November 2006

This Policy Brief by Analyst Antonio Missiroli assesses President José Manuel Barroso’s decision to opt for a minimalist reshuffle rather than a more radical shake-up of his team and considers what reforms might be needed to ensure that the Commission can continue to operate effectively in an EU of 27-plus members.

Towards a Common European Asylum Policy
17 October 2006

This Issue Paper by Stefano Bertozzi and Ferruccio Pastore assesses the progress made so far in developing a Common European Asylum Policy, highlights the work which still needs to be done, and warns that both effective implementation and political commitment are essential to the process.

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Director of Studies

Janis A. Emmanouilidis

Project Leader of the joint EPC-Stiftung Mercator project ‘Connecting Europe’

Julian Rappold

Senior Policy Analysts

Amanda Paul
Corina Stratulat
Paul Ivan

Policy Analyst

Yann-Sven Rittelmeyer

Programme Assistant

Paul Butcher