The Western Balkans: Time for a new strategy or just filling the gap?

By Annamária Tóth | 7 October 2012

What future for the process of European enlargement to the Balkan region? Which scenarios for the European Union (EU) and for the candidate countries? What do citizens think about these issues? These and other questions were at the heart of two conferences, one at the Jean Monnet House, the second at Sciences Po Paris, on 28 and 29 April 2011 dealing with the Balkans.

Rethinking the European Neighborhood Policy for Ukraine

By Nikki Ikani | 7 October 2012

Motivated by strategic objectives to do with the size and geopolitical significance of Ukraine, the EU opened a political dialogue with Ukraine through the signing of the Partnership and Cooperation Agreement in June 1994, in which issues such as trade, the movement of capital and the Common Foreign and Security Policy were discussed. This political dialogue was tied to conditionality clauses with regard to political and economic reform, but nevertheless Ukraine’s government felt confident that EU membership would soon be an actual prospect.

Unity in Diversity - and in Erasmus?

By Annamária Tóth | 8 September 2012

 L'Auberge espagnole, the great potluck – all synonyms for the Erasmus programme, which celebrates its twenty-fifth anniversary this year. Now probably more than ever, Erasmus is referred to as the facilitator of European identity. Today's students are the new 'Erasmus generation': young, mobile, European – or are they?

The new education system in Turkey – making pilots out of religious school graduates?

By Percin Imrek | 7 September 2012

 "The new education system in Turkey –making pilots out of religious school graduates?" This was a comment that a blogger put on his page, after the new education system (4+4+4) entered into force following the decision made by the currently ruling party in Turkey, the AKP (Justice and Development Party). He was expressing his concern over the conservative AKP, notably the fact that they favour the students who study in religious schools. And the new system will only help them, but no one else.

Britain must be at the centre of the coming European growth agenda

By Florian Chevoppe | 25 May 2012

It's official: The United Kingdom is now facing its worst double-dip recession since 1975. Figures published just a few days before Queen Elizabeth II's 57th Speech from the throne display the worst economic results for more than a century. However, most British newspapers came to the same conclusion: The Government's programme does not include enough measures to stimulate growth. But growth is indeed at the core of newly elected French president François Hollande's manifesto. Could Britain benefit from supporting his initiative?

How Her Majesty ('s Treasury) is draining Europe's super rich

By Florian Chevoppe | 2 May 2012

A "fair measure". This is the argument brought up by the French Socialist party whose candidate Francois Hollande has recently proposed to set up a new 75% income tax for incomes above 1 million euros (£834,000). This new proposal, by a man almost sure to stand at the second turn of the presidential election has probably upset a few - if not a lot - of people. Indeed, according to a recent study by Credit Suisse published in October 2011, France is the country with the highest number of millionaires in Europe : 2.6 million. But is there really a general trend of raising taxes for the most fortunates across Europe ?

All equal… but some more than the others: The case of homosexual marriage

By Annamária Tóth | 8 April 2012

The European Union is founded on some fundamental values, amongst which we find the prohibition of discrimination based on sexual orientation and the freedom to move and reside freely within the Union. However, when we look at homosexual couples, whose status is defined by the Member States, these fundamental rights are often far from being respected…

31 May 2012, the day all eyes will be on Ireland (again)

By Florian Chevoppe | 2 April 2012

31 May 2012. This is the date Taoiseach Enda Kenny, head of Fine Gael currently senior partner in a center-left and center-right coalition with the Irish Labour Party since 9 March 2011, has chosen to hold the referendum validating the ratification of the EU's Fiscal Compact signed on 2 March 2012 by the Oireachtas - the country's parliament. This referendum is a major stake for this once prosperous nation, which has suffered from the economic crisis. For the first time, this insular 4.5 million inhabitants republic, which has a habit of rejecting treaties at first (like Lisbon or Nice), could this time find itself completely isolated should the "no" win.

Political turmoil in Greece

By Claudia Louati | 23 March 2012

On February 13th, a few hours after the adoption by the Greek Parliament of an austerity programme strongly supported by the EU and the IMF, the government’s spokesman Pantelis Kapsis announced that Greek legislative elections would take place in April 2012. While the current coalition government struggles to implement the economic reforms demanded by Greece’s eurozonee partners, the political climate in the country appears extremely tense.

The EU in the Republican Electoral Debate

By Mathilde Bonneau | 23 March 2012

With the upcoming US presidential elections in November 2012, the race for the White House is in full gear as both Democratic and Republican Parties are currently holding primaries. The first Republican presidential debate was held on May 5th of last year, followed by more than 25 others. As with any election, it is as interesting to see what is being talked about, as it is to see what is left out. So, what are Republican candidates saying (or not) about Europe?