• Global Europe

ASEAN connectivity: A role for Europe?

Southeast Asia needs a combination of physical, institutional and people-to-people connections to boost its economic integration, panelists told a Friends of Europe Policy Insight meeting on 27 February. This will require large investment – but also technical assistance to ease cross-border business links and the movement of people. “One challenge is to build rail links,” said Lim… Read article ›

  • Future Europe

Nowhere To Go? Surveillance, Privacy Rules and Trade Talks

ECIPE Policy Brief No. 01/2014 by Roderick Abbott This policy brief outlines the chronology of the developments since Edward Snowden leaked the documents on large-scale electronic surveillance, including PRISM and Tempora programmes, the policy implications and the public’s response. It concludes that the nature of the debate has shifted from a legal and constitutional issue… Read article ›

  • Global Europe

Ten years on: Rebooting the EU-China strategic partnership

Chinese and Europeans should increase their social, educational and business contacts in order to deepen relations beyond their thriving trade links, academics, think tank representatives and policymakers told a roundtable discussion on EU-China relations organised by Friends of Europe in cooperation with the Chinese Mission to the EU on 25 November. Meeting a few days after EU leaders… Read article ›

  • Greener Europe

The Geopolitics of Shale Gas

The US’ shale gas revolution could in the long term destabilize traditional oil- and gas exporters in the European Union (EU) neighborhood: A combination of substitution effects and greater energy efficiency, could put pressure on the price of oil, leading to fiscal difficulties in traditional hydrocarbon exporting countries. The Hague Centre for Strategic Studies (HCSS)… Read article ›

  • Future Europe

Who leads the new EMU? Implications of the Economic Crisis for the EU’s Institutions

Teija Tiilikainen Reforms made to the EU’s economic and fiscal policies have served to reinforce the fragmentation of the division of competences between the EU and its member states in this field. It has also impacted the way in which these competences are exerted by the European and national institutions. Resulting from a differentiation of… Read article ›