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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?

Bolstering Europe’s Democratic Dimension

In the run-up to the May 2019 elections, the debate over the Spitzenkandidaten process – first introduced in 2014 – has been reignited. Introducing a visibility contest for the top executive job in the European Union, with lead candidates competing for the post through campaigns across the EU, rather than through the meanders of the political process, was certainly not an uncontroversial innovation.

It has already borne its fruits, strengthening the connection between the three EU institutions, and paving the way for a more political Commission. But, with some small improvements, what started out as an experiment has the potential to be reproduced and strengthened, contributing to making European democracy more complete.

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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.

16 May 2018

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?

Berlaymont Building, Brussels
27 March 2018

On 27 March 2018, the European Political Strategy Centre hosted six leading international experts for a High-Level Hearing on ‘A European Union Strategy for Artificial Intelligence’ to intellectually accompany the European Commission’s ongoing public consultation on Artificial Intelligence. During the Hearing, the experts were asked to address a set of predetermined questions with the knowledge that a full transcript of the Hearing would be submitted as a public contribution to the consultation.

Issue 29
27 March 2018

Deployed wisely, AI holds the promise of addressing some of the world’s most intractable challenges. But the significance of its positive impact is mirrored by its likely destabilising effects on some aspects of economic and social life. Our paper explores the opportunities and ethical challenges that come with AI and focuses on how Europe can sharpen its competitive edge vis-à-vis other leading economies, such as the United States and China.

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

6 June 2017

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