20 December 2011
Steps towards establishing a 'fiscal union' may not only convince and enable the European Central Bank (ECB) to act as a temporary 'buyer of last resort', but also prepare the political ground for two major innovations: the need to balance austerity and growth in the framework of a 'New Deal', and the introduction of some form of (temporary) debt collateralisation, argue Janis A. Emmanouilidis and Fabian Zuleeg in this EPC Commentary.
Achieving sustainable austerity
16 December 2011
To sustain the euro, Europe has no other choice but to jointly encourage more growth to achieve a level of sustainable austerity, argues Fabian Zuleeg in the latest version of the European Economic Sustainability Index.
All roads lead to Frankfurt: the results of an enigmatic summit - Post-Summit Analysis
12 December 2011
The 8-9 December European Council was not the 'major breakthrough' many had hoped for in the run-up to this crunch meeting of EU leaders: it is not likely to go down in history as the meeting which turned the tide, and the EU is destined to remain in 'crisis mode' for some time to come.
Enlargement to the Balkans: one step forward, two steps back
12 December 2011
Croatia’s signing of its EU Accession Treaty at last Friday’s European Summit was a step forward on enlargement policy. But the EU took two steps backwards when the member states postponed a decision on giving Serbia candidate status and Montenegro a date for the start of accession negotiations until the upcoming General Affairs Council in February and the European Council meeting in March, write Rosa Balfour and Corina Stratulat in this Commentary.
Time to act: the case for developing Europe's electricity market
9 December 2011
An Internal Market for electricity would offer European consumers and businesses numerous advantages, helping to drive sustainable economic growth and providing secure energy supplies at competitive prices, argues Serban Chiorean-Sime in this Policy Brief.
Europe: Germany's dilemma
9 December 2011
In this Policy Brief Josef, Janning analyses the German approach to European integration and reviews its changes since the days of German reunification. He concludes that Germany should not rely on its ability to secure preferred outcomes by pushing its weight around.
Stepping into the abyss?
5 December 2011
The crisis has reached crunch time. It is not just the stability of the EU’s common currency but also the future of the whole European project which is at stake, write Janis A. Emmanouilidis and Fabian Zuleeg in this EPC commentary.
Conditions for family reunification under strain - A comparative study in nine EU member states
17 November 2011
This study sees Yves Pascouau evaluate developments with regard to conditions for family reunification in nine EU member states, taking into account the growing importance of family reunification rules at national and European level.
The democratic transformation of the Balkans
7 November 2011
In this Issue Paper, Rosa Balfour and Corina Stratulat argue that the EU can and should do more to strengthen the rule of law and public demands for substantive democracy in the Balkan region.
Eurozone exits no longer taboo
4 November 2011
The crisis has entered yet another phase, with Greece's membership of the euro zone being openly contested. In this commentary Janis A. Emmanouilidis argues that a possible transitional government and every other future Greek government need to regain trust by providing evidence of the country's firm commitment and ability to fulfil its obligations.