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Podcasts April 2016: Listen again!

Written by Richard Freedman, Looking back on this series of EPRS podcasts, in April 2016 the Plenary podcasts focussed on protecting businesses’ trade secrets and on the technical pillar of the fourth railway package. Protecting businesses’ trade secrets Industrial espionage is a growing problem in the EU. To allow companies to better protect their trade … Continue reading

Podcasts of March 2016: Tune in again!

Written by Richard Freedman Returning to March 2016, the Plenary podcasts focussed on the reformed scheme for fruit and milk in schools and market access to port services and financial transparency of ports. Reformed scheme for fruit and milk in schools To promote healthier lifestyles and combat obesity among school children, the European Commission has … Continue reading

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

Written by Marcin Grajewski, The Middle East and North Africa (MENA) is of strategic importance for the European Union because of its proximity, historic links, energy resources, trade routes and ability to export instability that results from wars, political volatility and poverty in the region. The EU wants to contribute to stability in MENA through … Continue reading

Podcasts of February 2016: Listen again!

Written by Richard Freedman, Looking back at February 2016 (recorded at the end of January), the Plenary podcasts focused on Mid-term review of the EU’s Biodiversity Strategy and European Parliament recommendations on Trade in Services Agreement (TiSA). Mid-term review of the EU’s Biodiversity Strategy Our biodiversity is at risk, and the truth is that EU … Continue reading

Podcasts of January 2016: Tune in again!

Written by Richard Freedman, Over the summer parliamentary recess, we take a look back at the podcasts published from January 2016 until June 2016. Each week, we will publish a retrospective with an opportunity for you to (re)listen to the EPRS Policy, Plenary and Science and Technology Podcasts. Looking back at the podcasts published in … Continue reading

A guide to EPRS podcasts

Written by Richard Freedman, Since July 2015, the European Parliamentary Research Service has been producing informative, timely and varied podcasts. The podcasts fall into three categories: Plenary Podcasts Policy Podcasts and Science and Technology Podcasts. Each month, on the Thursday before the European Parliament’s plenary session, five podcasts are published on various platforms (see below). … Continue reading

The EU and innovation [What Think Tanks are thinking]

Written by Marcin Grajewski, The European Union has long sought ways to foster innovation, starting with support for research and industrial policies in the 1970s, through action plans in the 1990s and the Lisbon Strategy of 2000, to the Europe 2020 strategy of 2010, now updated by the 10 priorities of European Commission President Jean-Claude … Continue reading

Brexit: What next for Britain and Europe? [What Think Tanks are thinking]

Written by Marcin Grajewski, The United Kingdom’s vote on 23 June to leave the European Union has sent shockwaves through political institutions and financial markets worldwide, prompting intense debate among analysts, politicians and citizens about the long-term implications of an event already dubbed as the most important in the recent history of the EU. This note … Continue reading

European security and the NATO summit [What Think Tanks are thinking]

Written by Marcin Grajewski, Challenges to security in Europe will take centre stage at the NATO summit in Warsaw on 8-9 July when its heads of state and government will discuss issues ranging from Russia’s conflict with Ukraine and its growing military assertiveness to turmoil across the Middle East and North Africa, and the future … Continue reading

The UK referendum [What Think Tanks are thinking]

Written by Marcin Grajewski, On Thursday 23 June, the United Kingdom voted to leave the European Union in a referendum, leaving citizens, politicians and investors uncertain about the future of EU-UK relations and about the move’s long-term implications for the country concerned, the European Union as a whole and the wider world. This note offers … Continue reading

Employment policies in the EU [What Think Tanks are thinking]

Written by Marcin Grajewski, Policies to boost employment and support the poorest in society have come centre stage of the political debate after the great recession raised unemployment and poverty rates, exacerbated inequalities, and put pressure on social security and pension systems. As labour markets are being reformed, they are also being transformed by technological … Continue reading

European elections: Past and Future

Written by Richard Freedman, In the opening remarks of the roundtable discussion on the European elections: past and future, held in the Brussels Library Reading Room, Vice-President of the European Parliament Mairead McGuinness touched on the fact that citizens wanted a better definition of what was meant by ‘more Europe’. In fact, often what was … Continue reading

Terrorism in Europe [What Think Tanks are thinking]

Written by Marcin Grajewski, The terrorist attacks in Paris last year and in Brussels this March have reinforced calls on European Union member states to strengthen their cooperation on internal security and intensified the debate on the EU’s role in fighting terrorism. Among measures being, or about to be, introduced are more thorough checks of … Continue reading

The EU’s global strategy [What Think Tanks are thinking]

Written by Marcin Grajewski, The European Council decided last year that the EU needs a new, comprehensive global strategy to face the growing challenges of globalisation, shifts in economic and political power and expanding zones of conflict and instability. Federica Mogherini, High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, is to present … Continue reading

The migration crisis [What Think Tanks are thinking]

Written by Marcin Grajewski, A March agreement between the European Union and Turkey seems to have eased the pressure from previously largely uncontrolled mass migration to the EU via the Turkish shores. However, the accord runs the risk of unravelling due to disagreements on key points, for example on offering Turks visa-free travel to the … Continue reading

EPRS publications for the European Youth Event 2016

Written by Richard Freedman, In preparation for the European Youth Event (EYE 2016), which will take place in the European Parliament seat in Strasbourg from 20-21 May 2016, the European Parliamentary Research Service has prepared 20 short and punchy ‘At a Glance’ notes on all the themes of the EYE 2016. Below is a full … Continue reading

US Presidential Election: Transatlantic Perspectives

Written by Richard Freedman, Making the introductory speech to an event entitled ‘The US Presidential election: Transatlantic perspectives’, MEP David McAllister (EPP, Germany), Chairman of the European Parliament delegation to the United States, referred to the US election campaign as an ‘ongoing movie’. The event was the first in a series organised by the EPRS … Continue reading

Monetary easing by the ECB [What Think Tanks are thinking]

Written by Marcin Grajewski, The European Central Bank has been easing its monetary policy to counter deflationary forces in the euro-zone economy and to reinforce its fragile growth. On 10 March, the ECB announced another stimulus package, cutting interest rates, expanding its asset purchase programme in size and scope, and introducing measures to make it … Continue reading

EU-Turkey relations [What Think Tanks are thinking]

Written by Marcin Grajewski, Relations between the European Union and Turkey gained new momentum last month with an agreement aimed at addressing the migration crisis. One element of the deal is that Turkey shall take back migrants who cross to Greece illegally. The EU would accept Syrian refugees directly from Turkey and compensate it with … Continue reading

Japan and the EU [What Think Tanks are Thinking]

Written by Marcin Grajewski, After more than two decades of economic stagnation, Japan is pushing ahead with a ‘three arrow’ reform package aimed at reviving growth through fiscal stimulus, monetary easing and structural changes, a strategy known as ‘Abenomics’, after the name of Liberal Democrat Prime Minister Shinzō Abe. The reforms are being pursued against … Continue reading

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