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State of the Union 2018: Our Destiny in Our Hands

13 September 2018

As the Juncker Commission enters the final year of its mandate, how has it delivered on its promises and how well is it preparing the Union for testing times ahead? This publication offers a bird’s-eye view of the Juncker Commission’s biggest game changers over the past four years and provides an assessment of the challenges and difficult choices that may still lie ahead.

Where EU Governments Spend

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

Three Visions, One Direction: Plans for the Future of Europe

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. 

Geopolitical Outlook for Europe

8 June 2018
Confrontation vs Cooperation

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.

Engaging with the Western Balkans

17 May 2018
An Investment in Europe’s Security
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.

10 Trends Shaping Innovation in the Digital Age

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?

Europe is Back

22 January 2018
Economic, Financial, Social and Technological Trends in a Changing World

The EU27 and the euro area have surprised analysts with a stronger than expected recovery, and forecasts show a continuation of this trend for the foreseeable future.

This latest publication by the EPSC highlights some of the most prominent factors underpinning Europe's upward trajectory.

10 Trends Shaping Migration

7 December 2017

Today, about 244 million people live outside their country of birth. That's 3% of humanity. Migration has always been changing, but the ways it intersects with socio-economic, demographic and technological transformations are now reshaping it in unprecedented ways.

What are the 10 trends currently shaping the way people migrate and migration policies?

Reaffirming Social Values in Uncertain Times

Newsletter #5
30 November 2017

How can we make sure that the European social model adapts to – and benefits from – transformations taking place today in society and in the workplace? In its fifth thematic newsletter, the EPSC zeroes in on some of the most critical trends affecting ‘Social Europe’ and how policymakers can deal with emerging challenges.

Strategic Foresight Primer

21 November 2017
by Angela Wilkinson

The idea for this Strategic Foresight Primer was born out of necessity. The European Political Strategy Centre has a mandate to engage in anticipatory governance and identify potential future challenges and opportunities for the European Union. Yet, we soon realised that there was no readily accessible and 'easyto- use' guide on strategic foresight — a ‘foresight for dummies’ — explaining the nuts and bolts of the process. What is strategic foresight and what is it not? When and how to use it? What are the advantages and limitations of the different methodologies?

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