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?
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?
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.
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?
What are the sweeping changes that are already – or should be – reshaping the way Europeans teach and learn throughout their lives in an increasingly digital society? In today’s fast-paced, changing world, the ability of individuals to adapt, learn and re-skill will matter more than ever. Education systems must reinvent themselves to keep up with these new realities.
As the Nord Stream 2 project reopens old debates among Member States about energy security and broader EU-Russia political and economic relations, it constitutes a litmus test for EU solidarity and for the completion of a resilient Energy Union. Rather than focusing their attention on this divisive issue that has already captured too much political attention, Member States should work at reconciling their interests through a holistic approach to the internal energy market and by consolidating progress on projects of common interest that will genuinely improve the Union’s security of supply.
Making Member States Fit for Joining the Euro Area
The paper takes a look at where non-euro Member States stand on the convergence criteria, and how President Juncker’s proposed euro accession instrument could play a role in ensuring that these countries are both willing and able to join the euro area, and help foster a relaunch of the economic convergence process in the Union.
In September 2017, European Commission President Juncker and French President Macron each outlined bold visions for the future of Europe.
This paper provides a comparative assessment of the two speeches and the proposals they advance. While recognising the nuances, the analysis reveals a strong convergence of opinions between the two leaders. Both are looking to build a better future for Europe, built on prosperity, resilience and security.