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A Union that Delivers

14 January 2019
Making Use of the Lisbon Treaty’s Passerelle Clauses

The unprecedented speed of societal, technological and geopolitical change today means EU policymaking needs to become more responsive and agile. With its ‘passerelle’ clauses, the Lisbon Treaty allows for a transition to more effective modes of decision-making in areas such as Common Foreign and Security Policy, taxation and social policy, which are central to addressing some of the world’s biggest societal challenges. The EU should not waste the opportunity to better equip itself for demanding times ahead. Shifting to qualified majority voting in selected areas would not only result in more effective decisions but also strengthen the EU as a global actor.

Shaping The Future In A Fast-Changing World

28 November 2018
Global Trends To 2030

Global power shifts, pressure on liberal democracies, challenges to global governance, the transformation of economic models and of the very fabric of societies, new uses and misuses of technology, humanity’s growing ecological footprint: the world may be on the cusp of a new geopolitical, geo-economic and geo-technological order.

To stimulate thinking about the key trends that will shape the world to 2030 – and their possible implications for the EU – we have put together a collection of over 35 original, insightful and forward-looking essays authored by global thought leaders, foresight practitioners and strategists who spoke at the 2018 ESPAS Annual Conference ‘Global Trends to 2030: Shaping the Future in a Fast-Changing World.’

10 Trends Reshaping Climate and Energy

3 December 2018

The once remote-seeming dangers of climate change are today a reality – also in Europe. As the world struggles to limit global warming, what are the major trends reshaping global and European energy markets, regulatory and policy frameworks, and technological progress that will determine whether Europe will, one day, be able to achieve a climate-neutral economy?

Democracy and Governance in the Digital Age

Newsletter #6
26 November 2018

With just a few months to go before over 367 million citizens across the EU will be invited to vote in the next European elections, the European Political Strategy Centre – the European Commission’s in-house think tank – zeroes in on some of the biggest threats and opportunities facing our democracies in the digital era.

From election interference and disinformation, to the future of civic participation and liberal democracy, this sixth edition of our thematic newsletter ‘Democracy and Governance in the Digital Age’ highlights some of the world’s most pressing contemporary issues – many of which will also be covered at the landmark European Strategy and Policy Analysis System (ESPAS) annual conference that takes place later this week (Wednesday 28 and Thursday 29 November).

The State of Investment in Europe and the World

9 November 2018

How is the investment climate holding up in Europe and globally amidst an increasingly volatile geopolitical environment? What are Europe’s strengths and weaknesses vis-à-vis other regions of the world? Learn more about the major ongoing trends in investment that investors and policymakers should be alert to.

Election Interference in the Digital Age

25 October 2018
Building Resilience to Cyber-Enabled Threats

Free and open elections are the foundation of democratic societies. Protecting their integrity is thus an absolute priority. Amidst the recent surge in attempts to manipulate election outcomes – and with an eye to the 2019 European Parliament elections – the EPSC has compiled this unique collection of 35 original short essays from leading practitioners and experts, around the theme ‘Election Interference in the Digital Age: Building Resilience to Cyber-Enabled Threats’.

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.


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