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2009

Circular migration has become a central concept for the future EU migration policy, implying that migrants should be encouraged to move repeatedly between the country of origin and the host country. The basic purpose is to utilise international labour mobility to make both countries’...

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The automotive industry has been hit hard by the global economic crisis and governmental financial support and rescue packages have been launched in different countries.

This European Policy Analysis by Rikard Forslid discusses the economic arguments for governmental support of the car...

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The Eastern Partnership (EaP) was launched in May this year as a strengthened policy framework between the European Union and six countries in Eastern Europe and southern Caucasus. The overall aim of the partnership is to ensure stability and prosperity in a region that is characterized by...

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This European Policy Analysis tests the common proposition that flexible integration imposes significant costs on those member states that opt out of further integration within specific policy fields. The analysis presents data on network capital in the working groups and committees of the...

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This survey includes all directives and regulations published in the Official Journal (OJ) 2009.

The servey is a part of the research project Statistical survey of the legislation in the EU...

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EU-Russia relations are often seen as increasingly problematic. Usually it is the common neighbourhood residing between the two that is seen as the focal point of tensions.

This European Policy Analysis looks at Russian reactions to the Union’s evolving neighbourhood policies in the...

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Despite substantial changes since its inception the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) remains the most extensive common policy, accounting for almost half of the EU’s budget and almost half of the legislation. The CAP was a decisive component of European integration in the past; but what role...

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The current European Policy Analysis focuses on legal and institutional issues relating to the financial crisis from an EU perspective. The text contains a brief assessment of some elements of the plan agreed at the London Summit of the so called G-20 and a discussion on the possible impact...

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The EU is about to adopt a comprehensive strategy for the Baltic Sea region. While intuitively attractive, the idea of the strategy nonetheless gives rise to a set of critical questions.

In this European Policy Analysis, Assistant Professor Rikard Bengtsson introduces the content and...

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 The common currency, the euro, and the common monetary policy were introduced in the EU in 1999 to improve the internal market, under the slogan “One Market, One Money”. It was expected that the common currency would promote more trade and investment between the countries that joined the...

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The outcome of the European Parliament elections made majorities uncertain. The first sessions in July ended with a comprehensive deal by the three main party groups concerning important posts.

The leading scholar Simon Hix assesses the likely political constellations in the 2009-14...

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In the wake of the economic and financial crisis, a Swedish membership to the Economic and Monetary Union (EMU) has returned to the domestic political agenda. Although the issue has been politically dead since the referendum on the euro in 2003, public opinion in support of EMU has increased...

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The financial and economic crisis, the constitutional and institutional uncertainties and the climate change issue will dominate the Swedish EU Presidency.

This European Policy Analysis outlines, in turn, the European and global context; the tasks and roles of the presidency; and the...

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The extent to which low-wage trade competition in the service sector with posted workers should be allowed in the EU has been a hot issue recently. In Sweden, the so-called Vaxholm conflict has become the symbol for this debate.

In the report Trade in Services and in Goods with Low-...

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Lars Calmfors discusses how the strength of various arguments for and against a EMU membership has changed over time. From a Swedish utility perspective, there are more arguments for joining today compared to ten years ago.The stabilization policy risks associated with a transition to the euro...

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The latest poll of the Swedish public opinion regarding the EU shows that the levels of support are at an all-time high since the membership in 1995. There is now almost a majority supporting the EU. Differences in levels of support among various social groups have been persistent but are...

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The Stockholm Programme – An ambitious programme for Freedom, Security and Justice? 

A new five year plan for cooperation in the area of Freedom, Security and Justice is expected to be adopted during the Swedish Presidency. This new plan will be called the Stockholm Programme. The...

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This publication reviews the debate on democracy promotion in Europe and in the US and analyses their strengths and weaknesses as actors in international politics from a democracy perspective. The analysis and its recommendations are...

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This article argues that the current EU regulatory system in the field of food safety fails to live up to the objectives it has set for itself. The existing decision-making scheme is based on a classic risk analysis model that relies heavily on scientific risk assessment. It is suggested...

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The EU budget review will enter a new phase this autumn when the European Commission presents its long-awaited proposals for budget reform.

At this seminar SIEPS will publish a new report, How to Reform the EU Budget? A Methodological Toolkit, in which EU spending is examined in detail....

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This report analyses how far the EU is integrating its energy and climate change policies. The report focuses on identifying possible synergies and trade-offs between the EU’s most recent package of legislative measures to combat climate change and its energy security objectives.

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The European Commission recently launched a discussion on the architecture of direct payments, with a view to rethinking the philosophy of agricultural regulation within the EU. The debate has been pursued under the Swedish EU Presidency. The European Commission will present a communication...

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National courts are Community courts and as such they should do everything needed to make sure that the preliminary rulings procedure functions as efficiently as possible. The effectiveness of this system is obviously based on a healthy dialogue (discourse) between the two main protagonists: the...

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In order to better understand the Swedish Presidency of the European Union, SIEPS invited a number of experts on the European Union from different member states. They were asked to write short analytical texts on how the Presidency has succeeded in relation to expectations and ambitions. The...

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The Czech Presidency of 2009 inherited a fully charged agenda after France.

Three severe external crises confronted the Czech government as it took over at the helm of the EU: the gas dispute between Ukraine and Russia; renewed hostilities in the Gaza Strip; and the deepest global...

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The external dimension of the European Union’s policy on migration and asylum has become an increasingly important feature of the Union’s relations with third countries. It is shaped not only by the foreign policy interests of the member states but also by changes in internal politics of the...

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The new U.S. administration inherited a formidable set of international challenges including wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, the prospect of a nuclear Iran and a resurgent Russia. Moreover, a deep economic crisis has radically changed the preconditions for the conduct of U.S. foreign policy and...

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This publication is the outcome of a seminar on democracy promotion in a transatlantic perspective organized jointly between the Swedish Institute for European Policy Studies and Sweden’s Democracy Ambassador, Maria Leissner on 29 September 2008 in Stockholm.

The aim of the...

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The intention of the ongoing review of the EU budget is to create a budget that is better adapted at facing future challenges. At the same time it raises fundamental questions about what the EU is and should do. In a new report from the Swedish Institute for European Policy Studies, Professor...

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