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EPRS Strategy has written 142 posts for European Parliamentary Research Service Blog

EU enlargement, Western Balkans and Turkey [What Think Tanks are thinking]

In his State of the Union speech in September 2017, European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker called for keeping a credible European Union membership perspective for Western Balkan countries, while ruling out the possibility of Turkey joining the EU in “the foreseeable future” due to violations to the rule of law and fundamental rights. Continue reading

EU labour markets [What Think Tanks are thinking]

Economic recovery has reduced the unemployment rate in the euro area and the wider European Union, but there are still significant challenges for EU labour markets. Continue reading

The EU, Middle East and North Africa [What Think Tanks are thinking]

Developments in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) pose a growing challenge for the European Union. Many countries of the region face war, political turmoil and popular anger, due to the impact of poverty in generating instability, migration and in some cases terrorism. Continue reading

EPRS-OECD conference: businesses, governments should brace for next production revolution

Businesses and governments cannot ignore that the global economy is on the verge of another revolution in production. This new world of manufacturing is emerging from the confluence of fast-developing digital technologies, new materials and productions processes, offering tremendous opportunities to create wealth and improve human life, but requiring appropriate regulation, as well as suitable business, investment and education strategies, according to analysts speaking at a conference in the European Parliament. Continue reading

EU energy policy [What Think Tanks are thinking]

Faced with uncertain energy demand, volatile prices and possible disruptions to supply, the European Union is pushing ahead with efforts to fully integrate its still fragmented energy market. The aim is to boost economic growth, foster innovation, ensure stable supplies and protect the environment. Continue reading

North Korea [What Think Tanks are thinking]

North Korea has stepped up its nuclear plans with the underground detonation of a hydrogen bomb and tests of its first suspected Intercontinental Ballistic Missiles (ICBMs), moves perceived as a major threat to global security. Speaking at the United Nations General Assembly on 19 September, U.S. President Donald Trump threatened to “totally destroy” North Korea if the United States is forced to defend itself or its allies against that country. Continue reading

The State of the Union [What Think Tanks are thinking]

Jean-Claude Juncker, President of the European Commission, laid out his vision of the European Union in his annual State of the Union address to the European Parliament in Strasbourg on 13 September 2017. He noted that the overall outlook has changed for the better over the past year, notably thanks to an accelerating economic recovery. ‘The wind is back in the European sails,’ he declared. Continue reading

Brexit negotiations [What Think Tanks are thinking]

This note offers links to recent commentaries and reports published by major international think tanks and other organisations on EU-UK negotiations and on the implications of Brexit more widely. Continue reading

Ukraine and the EU [What Think Tanks are thinking]

Written by Marcin Grajewski, Relations between the European Union and Ukraine have been improving since the Maidan protests ousted President Viktor Yanukovych in 2014, leading to the election a pro-Western Petro Poroshenko as Head of State. At their meeting on 12-13 July, EU and Ukraine leaders welcomed the completion of the ratification of the EU-Ukraine … Continue reading

Euro area recovery and reform [What Think Tanks are thinking]

Written by Marcin Grajewski, The euro area’s economic recovery has gained pace as investor confidence has strengthened. The election of the reform-minded Emmanuel Macron as French President in May reignited the debate on overhauling the euro area’s economic governance. This note offers links to recent commentaries and studies on the economic situation of the euro … Continue reading

Trade benefits outweigh costs, but victims need aid: EPRS-OECD conference

Written by Marcin Grajewski. Globalisation and free trade have supported world economic growth and higher living standards, but the process has coincided with rising inequality, a concentration of job losses at the middle skills level, and declines in manufacturing jobs in certain regions of the high-income economies. Although the benefits of free trade outweigh their … Continue reading

Russia and security [What Think Tanks are thinking]

Written by Marcin Grajewski, Relations between the European Union and Russia remain strained after the EU extended its sanctions against the country late in June until 31 January 2018, citing a lack of progress in the implementation of the Minsk agreements aimed to end of the Russian-Ukrainian conflict. Russia’s annexation of Crimea and its conflict … Continue reading

Migration into the EU [What Think Tanks are thinking]

Written by Marcin Grajewski, At the European Council meeting of 23 June 2017, European Union Heads of State or Government agreed to strengthen efforts to reduce irregular migration flows on the central Mediterranean route, notably by speeding up training, equipping the Libyan coast guard and improving cooperation with countries of migration origin. However, the European … Continue reading

Start of Brexit negotiations [What Think Tanks are thinking]

Written by Marcin Grajewski, Formal negotiations on the United Kingdom’s withdrawal from the European Union under Article 50 TEU got under way on 19 June, as both sides agreed in principle how to organise the talks and underlined their mutual goodwill. The talks began nearly a year after the U.K. referendum to leave the EU … Continue reading

The EU and China [What Think Tanks are thinking]

Written by Marcin Grajewski, The European Union and China made limited progress towards improving bilateral ties at their summit in early June, and they remain at odds over a number of controversial trade issues. However, analysts say the EU and China look poised to strengthen cooperation on fighting climate change, especially after the new US … Continue reading

The EU and terrorism [What Think Tanks are thinking]

Written by Marcin Grajewski, Terrorist attacks in major cities – notably in Paris, Nice, Brussels, Berlin and, most recently, Manchester – have shocked Europeans, highlighting the security challenges for open democracies that result, inter alia, from conflicts in the Middle East and Africa and religious radicalisation at home. In response, the European Union is pushing … Continue reading

The digital economy in the EU [What Think Tanks are thinking]

Written by Marcin Grajewski, The digital revolution is reshaping the European Union’s economy, from financial services and telecoms to creative industries and the way workers are employed. While posing certain threats, such as cyber-attacks, new technologies offer vast opportunities, provided that people acquire the right skill-sets to underpin their use. Seeking to tap the full … Continue reading

NATO and EU defence [What Think Tanks are thinking]

Written by Marcin Grajewski, The US President, Donald Trump, will meet with the other leaders of the NATO member states at a summit in Brussels on 25 May 2017. Among issues on the table are the new US Administration’s commitment to Europe’s security, and the levels of military spending in Europe, which Washington considers too … Continue reading

EU social policies [What Think Tanks are thinking]

Written by Marcin Grajewski, On 26 April, the European Commission presented a European Pillar of Social Rights, which is a package of legislative proposals and recommendations aimed at enhancing work-life balance, fostering equal opportunities and better access to the labour market, as well as improving working conditions. Under the proposal, for example, new fathers would … Continue reading

ECB policies [What Think Tanks are thinking]

Written by Marcin Grajewski, The European Central Bank is pushing ahead with its monetary stimulus programme, which was launched more than two years ago to counter deflationary pressures in the euro zone economy, and to strengthen then fragile economic growth. Some economists and politicians say the time is becoming ripe for the ECB to taper … Continue reading

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