European Politics and Institutions

Ratifying the Lisbon Treaty: what happens now?
13 December 2007

As EU leaders meet today (13 December) to sign the Lisbon Treaty, attention is turning to the prospects of getting it ratified in all 27 EU Member States by the December 2008 deadline. As part of its ongoing work on the new Treaty, the EPC has updated the table it first published in July 2007 setting out the timetable and ratification requirements in each Member State, and evaluating whether the Treaty is likely to secure the required majority in each case.


The 'Global Approach to Migration': rhetoric or reality?
27 November 2007

This Policy Brief by Elizabeth Collett argues that the Union currently has neither the competence nor the political will to fulfil its mandate to create genuine partnerships with third countries to manage migration - and needs to act now to turn its rhetoric into reality.


The EU Foreign Service: how to build a more effective common policy
22 November 2007

This Working Paper analyses the key questions which need to be addressed and offers some ideas aimed at framing the debate.


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.


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