European Politics and Institutions

State of the Union debate 2009
17 June 2009

Europe faces wide-ranging current and future challenges and will have more responsibilities in today’s changing world which will require a strong European Union with strong leadership, top-level speakers told the EPC’s Annual Conference on the State of the Union.

On the eve of the European Council: a view from Poland
16 June 2009

Five years after joining the EU, Poland is successfully riding out the economic crisis and preparing to be the country which "leads the European Union out of the storm" when it takes over the Presidency in 2011, the country’s Europe Minister Mikołaj Dowgielewicz told a Breakfast Briefing.

Priorities of the Swedish Presidency of the EU
12 June 2009

The many tasks the Swedish EU Presidency faces are reflected in its slogan for its six months at the helm - “taking on the challenge” – Sweden’s Permanent Representative Christian Danielsson told a Breakfast Policy Briefing.

EU citizens have spoken: assessing the outcome
9 June 2009

While turnout was “regrettably” low at the European elections, it did not fall “disastrously” (as many suggested) but was in fact “flat”, speakers told a Policy Dialogue.

The future of EU enlargement in the Western Balkans
29 May 2009

The EU has to “carefully manage” future enlargement to the Western Balkans so that its citizens appreciate the benefits of admitting new members and prospective Member States achieve the necessary benchmarks.

Empowerment of Europe's minorities: why, when and how?
19 May 2009

Barack Obama’s election as US President is empowering many young US citizens from minority groups, but Europe is lagging behind, speakers told an EPC Policy Dialogue organised in cooperation with the King Baudouin Foundation and the Institute of Community Cohesion and with the support of the US mission to the EU.

Solidarity for societal security: coming together to make Europe safer
18 May 2009

The EU has made good progress in dealing with external and internal crises and threats, but past actions have been too ad hoc and “a more holistic and comprehensive approach” is required, speakers told a Policy Debate.

Five years after enlargement: expectations for the European Parliament elections
29 April 2009

EU enlargement has not resulted in deadlock in the European Parliament, as some had feared. Rather, it has become an increasingly efficient legislative body, although there is concern that this may have been to the detriment of democratic decision-making, speakers agreed at a Policy Dialogue.

EU Enlargement - five years on
31 March 2009

EU enlargement must not become a scapegoat for the economic recession, as studies show that both old and new EU Member States have benefited from it, Enlargement Commissioner Olli Rehn told a Breakfast Briefing.

The Western Balkans and the global economic crisis: in or out?
24 March 2009

Serbia is affected by the financial crisis but is taking steps to enable it to weather the turmoil, Serbian Deputy Prime Minister Bozidar Đelić told a Breakfast Briefing.

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Programme Team

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