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An Investment in Europe’s Security

Security in the Western Balkans is intrinsically linked to stability and prosperity in the EU as a whole. Without swift and decisive action, security issues within the region risk spilling over into the EU. Both sides stand a far better chance of addressing challenges by working together. The European Commission’s renewed strategy for the Western Balkans offers a historic window of opportunity to do this. But it requires the Union to engage persuasively in a discussion on rule of law and security.

Innovation is advancing at an ever-faster speed in today’s digital age, with knowledge-based capital assuming higher importance, and digitally-savvy market players rise.

What are the main trends that are currently reshaping and disrupting innovation? How is the toolbox being redefined? What are the keys to success in a world where data, network effects and flexible talent are the new gold?

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20 July 2018
A Comparative Overview of Public Expenditure in EU Member States

Government finances are, of course, not just a question of deficits and surpluses, or of where one spends ones money – but also one of quality. Nonetheless, an overview of government expenditure by function across Member States highlights that public investments in future-oriented areas like research and education remain minimal in most countries, suggesting that there is room for improvement in the way that the EU and its Member States use their fiscal resources.

Charlemagne Building, Brussels
5 November 2018

The EU’s firm commitment to sustaining higher rates of investment and improving the business environment is reflected in its ambitious Investment Plan for Europe – widely acknowledged as one of the most successful initiatives of the Juncker Commission.

Scheduled shortly after the launch of a new European Commission Communication on Investment and in the midst of negotiations on the EU’s future budgetary framework, the conference will gather key stakeholders from the European institutions and Member States, as well as private sector representatives from within and outside the EU.

19 June 2018

In September 2017, European Commission President Juncker and French President Macron each outlined their visions for the future of Europe. In June 2018, German Chancellor Merkel entered the debate, presenting her own ideas and responding to many of the proposals previously put forward.

This paper provides a comparative assessment of the three interventions and the proposals advanced. While recognising the nuances, the analysis reveals a strong convergence of opinions between the three leaders. 

8 June 2018

The global outlook for the next 12-24 months looks to be made of ongoing international instability, with great power competition, deliberate disruptiveness and increasing transactionalism in foreign policy contributing to persisting unease and uncertainty. In this age of uncertainty, Europe’s success will hinge on its agility and speed in adapting to changing global circumstances, and its resolve to keep true to its values and founding principles.

17 May 2018
An Investment in Europe’s Security

Security in the Western Balkans is intrinsically linked to stability and prosperity in the EU as a whole. Without swift and decisive action, security issues within the region risk spilling over into the EU. Both sides stand a far better chance of addressing challenges by working together. The European Commission’s renewed strategy for the Western Balkans offers a historic window of opportunity to do this. But it requires the Union to engage persuasively in a discussion on rule of law and security.

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Funding the EU's Future: Towards a New Multiannual Financial Framework

6 June 2017

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