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    The crushing costs of non-Europe anno 2015; the payback of a smarter Europe

    By Eva Kjer Hansen
    How can Europe help this younger generation? The challenge here is too big to be answered by those social initiatives alone: Europe suffers from lack of innovation, lack of competitiveness and lack of growth. What we need is a new Cecchini report. Let me explain. Read more

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    Europe's energy outlook: The race against the clock
    4 November

    Europe’s energy future is at a crossroads, due to high energy prices and costs hindering industrial competitiveness and with security of supply concerns in the light of the Ukraine crisis. This year’s summit will discuss the main challenges ahead for the new EU leaders in view of ensuring affordable, competitive and secure energy in line with climate ambitions.It will focus in particular on energy efficiency, security of supply and the global low-carbon race.  Read more



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    Reconciling EU interests and values: A new vision for global development

    10 September

    The European Union should form ambitious plans to help solve global problems, leading development policy expert Simon Maxwell told a Friends of Europe debate on 10 September, adding: There is no ‘them and us’ anymore. There is only us in the modern world.” Read more





Appointment of first EU envoy to ASEAN will boost ties          

The European Union’s decision to appoint a special ambassador accredited to the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) is a welcome and long-awaited step forward in the EU’s relations with one of the world’s most dynamic and rapidly-growing regions.

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Restore Europeans' faith in EU with green investments and green vision

By Jason Anderson. In the last few years, EU leaders have been focused largely on macro-economic issues surrounding the financial crisis. For many European citizens, the resulting austerity has been very hard, seemingly far removed from quality of life issues they prioritise. Perhaps not by coincidence, citizens’ trust in the European project is at an all-time low: less than a third of those polled

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Will Juncker’s new Commission be too soft on austerity?

The candidates nominated to be the next EU Commissioners start their hearings in the European Parliament today. Although the Parliament has no power to veto individual Commissioners, it can threaten to withhold approval of the Commission as a whole. In the past, this has meant it usually gets it way and any candidates it objects to are swiftly replaced.

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Time to get real(politik) with EU foreign policy
by Nick Witney, It is hard now to recall the confidence with which Europeans looked out on the world in e first years of the new millennium. They were, admittedly, only junior partners in the Western hegemony which ran the globe; but their distinctive model of regional integration, and their particular attachment to multilateralism and the rule of law, seemed to have the wind of history in their sails.
The right kind of (green) growth
by Jürgen Trittin The challenges facing the new EU Commission are many and varied. But as regards growth policy in particular, they can be reduced to one simple formula: “Less Oettinger!" The outgoing German EU Energy Commissioner symbolises the path that the European Union should abandon immediately: there must be no going back to a fossil (or worse, nuclear) based energy and growth policy.
Turning “Incomplete Europe” into Competitive Europe
By Joaquin Almunia Europe’s Single Market remains a work in progress, a work that needs to be accelerated in telecom, digital, energy, services and other sectors if we’re to realise our full potential from globalisation and not fall victim to it.
“Green realism” and the Danish model: How a real EU energy market can power growth
By Lars Rasmussen. With EU leaders having set an October deadline to agree on climate and energy targets for 2030, Europe faces a moment of truth for its economy and the global environnement. “Green Realism”, and not populism, must drive a transition toward a low-emission society, with a focus on competitiveness and growth.
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Let’s stop talking about Europe’s ‘lost generation’ of young jobless

Years of crisis in so many of the EU’s member states have hardened into a single key question: How can we save European youth from becoming a “lost generation”? asks Jörg Asmussen.

It’s time for Brussels to re-think its post-Arab spring strategy
Regime changes in the southern Mediterranean region have done little to improve people’s lives. Hafez Ghanem argues that the EU’s efforts to support political and economic transition in the wake of the Arab Spring need to be overhauled, says Hafez Ghanem.            


A ‘warts and all’ portrait of a new EU industrial policy
To fully appreciate the EU’s new industrial policy, one first has to understand the reasons behind its European-level renaissance. By the end of the 1990s, many policymakers had become fascinated with the emerging knowledge-based, sustainable and green economy, leaving anyone speaking about industrial policy as belonging to a dying species. says Günter Verheugen.


Asia matters for Europe and Europe matters for Asia. With both regions facing the challenge of an increasingly interdependent world, the need for closer and deeper cooperation is ever more pressing. “The Asia Europe Meeting (ASEM) is just as relevant today as it was during the first Summit held in Bangkok in 1996" said Herman Van Rompuy.

Africa is increasingly attracting attention for its economic buoyance and success in reducing poverty and is now viewed as an opportunity rather than a challenge, panellists told a Friends of Europe’s Development Policy Forum Africa Summit on 24 June. 
Limiting global warming to two degrees Celsius would need investment just a tenth higher than a baseline scenario, Fatih Birol, the International Energy Agency’s (IEA) Chief Economist, told at Friends of Europe conference on 17 June. 
The EU is trying to boost industry, aiming for 20% of gross domestic product (GDP) to come from manufacturing by 2020, from the current level of 15%. Panelists at a Friends of Europe Café Crossfire on 18 June said the numerical target was really just a way of saying ...
Why Global Europe must change in an “anxious age”
By Shada Islam. Federica Mogherini’s appointment as the new EU foreign policy chief offers an opportunity for an overhaul of EU foreign and security policy. The 2014 summer of death and violence has left the reputation of “Global Europe” in tatters, highlighting the EU’s apparent disconnect from the bleak reality surrounding it. 
Juncker’s dilemmas
By Chris Burns. Leaders of the European Union have taken an important step by agreeing to appoint Poland’s Prime Minister as the President of the European Council and Italy’s Foreign Minister Federica Mogherini as the EU’s foreign policy chief. Tusk is set to take office on December 1 for a period of two and a half-years.  
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