European Politics and Institutions

The impact of the Immigration Pact: what future for amnesties in Europe?
7 October 2008

The EU’s new Immigration Pact is designed to reflect and respond to Europe’s “new realities”, but there are concerns about its impact on the key question of how to deal with ‘irregular’ migrants, speakers agreed at a Policy Dialogue.

The European Parliament: waiting for Lisbon
30 September 2008

The EU needs the Lisbon Treaty to function effectively with an enlarged membership and meet internal and external challenges - and it cannot move ahead until the uncertainty over the Treaty’s fate is resolved, Jean-Luc Dehaene, Belgian MEP and former Belgian Prime Minister, told a Sixty-Minute Briefing.

The role of civil society in EU immigration and integration policy: a two-way process?
24 September 2008

Civil society plays a significant role in European integration and immigration, so more should be done to strengthen their ability to advocate on behalf of migrants, particularly as they can foresee trends which institutions are unaware of, speakers told a Policy Dialogue.

Citizenship and integration contracts: a Gallic future for EU policy?
11 September 2008

The Immigration Pact to be discussed at the October EU Summit concentrates on border controls, combating illegal immigration and attracting highly-skilled workers. Many countries are also discussing ‘integration contracts’ or tests for migrants on arrival, but speakers at this Policy Dialogue said these are designed to control migrant behaviour, and do not encourage integration or acknowledge the positive contribution they make to their host country.

Turkish Cypriot vision for Cyprus
10 September 2008

He was “cautiously optimistic” that an agreement could be reached on the reunification of Cyprus within the next year, as much has already been achieved and both parties are committed to continuing “until the end”, Turkish Cypriot leader Mehmet Ali Talat told a Breakfast Briefing on 10 September.

Transition from the European periphery to the European core
5 September 2008

After a “horrible 20th century”, the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYR Macedonia) is ready to join the EU and NATO, Deputy Prime Minister Ivica Bocevski insisted at a Policy Briefing.

Women, youth and interfaith diversity: an American perspective
2 July 2008

After the 9/11 attacks, it is vital to build bridges between Muslim communities and the rest of society, and the aim of the American Society of Muslim Advancement is to show the commonalities between Islamic and Western values, its founder Daisy Khantold a Policy Briefing.

After the Irish referendum: what next for EU reform?
2 July 2008

The shock of Ireland’s rejection of the Lisbon Treaty should force European politicians to take steps to ensure that the EU is “owned” by - and serves - all its citizens, not just a political elite, speakers told a Policy Dialogue.

Radicalisation of Muslim youth: a self-fulfilling prophecy?
25 June 2008

The EU must confront the threat of Jihadism through national security policies to prevent more terrorist attacks in Europe, long-term EU measures to address the tensions which fan this violence, and measures to prevent it spreading outside Europe’s borders, Walid Phares, Visiting Fellow at the European Foundation for Democracy, told a Policy Briefing.

My vision for the reunification of Cyprus
19 June 2008

Cyprus should be one state with “a single sovereignty, single citizenship and a single international personality”, not a confederation of two states, Demetris Christofias, President of the Republic of Cyprus, told a Breakfast Briefing.

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Director of Studies

Janis A. Emmanouilidis

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

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