• 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 ›

  • Future Europe

Trade and Logistics: A “Bali Package” for the EU

ECIPE Bulletin No. 01/2014 Traditionally, the concept of trade costs for shipping goods has been centred on tariffs, quotas and other policies inhibiting exporting firms from entering foreign markets. Now that the nature of trade is changing from shipping final goods to the transport of a myriad of inputs through global supply chains, the concept… Read article ›

  • Security Europe

Japan’s New Security Policy: Breaking Away from the Post-War Regime?

Bart Gaens Briefing Paper 148 (2014) China is challenging the regional balance of power in East Asia through a military buildup and an increasingly assertive foreign policy. The US is forced to find the right balance between cooperating with China while benefiting from its economic rise, and countering China’s regional reach by carrying out its… Read article ›

  • Global Europe

Is the Fethullah Gülen Movement Overstretching Itself?

SWP Research Paper 2014/RP 02, January 2014, 31 Pages The movement led by the preacher Fethullah Gülen is regarded as the fastest-growing religious trend within Turkish Islam. This accounts also for citizens and denizens with Turkish backgrounds in Western European countries, including Germany, where approximately 300 organisations close to Gülen operate 24 state-approved private schools… Read article ›