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2015

This year marks the 40th anniversary of EU-China diplomatic relations, a relationship that today is one of the world’s most important bilateral partnerships. In this publication, the authors sheds light on this strategic partnership by, among other things, analysing the underlying differences...

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The European Energy Union is a political strategy aimed at ensuring communitarian energy transition, security of supply, a fully integrated European energy market and increased energy efficiency. However, the origin and content of the strategy is simultaneously well rooted in the EU’s external...

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Managing the problem with gas interruptions to several EU countries in Central and Eastern Europe is one of the explicit goals of the European Energy Union. In order to enhance the diversification of energy suppliers, the Energy Union therefore emphasizes the extension of infrastructure and...

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The European Commission has presented the European Energy Union as an indispensable instrument for the creation of a coherent European energy policy. This includes among other things giving the commission a bigger influence over member states’ energy deals with third countries. In this...

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In February 2015, the European Commission adopted its strategy for a European energy union. The document calls for “a fundamental transformation of Europe´s energy system” in order to provide all consumers in Europe with “secure, sustainable, competitive and affordable energy”. In this analysis...

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The free mobility of EU citizens imply a right to be treated equally with respect to social benefits in the new host country. However, some member states have attempted to restrict the ability of economically non-active persons to make use of these benefits. In this publication the author...

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The historical development and legislative framework of, on the one hand, the area of freedom, security and justice (AFSJ) and the Common Foreign and Security Policy (CFSP) and European Security and Defence Policy (ESDP) on the other reflect essential components of a security-identity continuum...

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During the last decade there has been a considerable increase in European intelligence cooperation within the realm of foreign and security policy. This publication analyses the organisation and process of European intelligence cooperation and the effect that this cooperation is having on...

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On 27 September Catalonia will hold elections to the regional parliament. The relation between Catalonia and Spain have become the central theme of these elections. For the last ten years the relationship between the Catalan and the Spanish government has steadily deteriorated due to...

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What distinguishes the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) from EU’s previous free trade agreements is that its focus is not so much on elimination of tariffs, but rather on reduction of regulatory barriers to trade. The system of regulatory cooperation, which the TTIP entails...

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Falling world prices of food and energy are the main explanatory factor behind disinflation in EU countries outside the euro zone, including Sweden. Disinflationary spillovers from the euro area is an important factor as well. In this publication, the authors analyse disinflation in EU countries...

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Liberal political theory, with its roots in the European enlightenment, has had profound impact on the classic-liberal criminal law movement all over Europe. The basic idea is that criminal law should be used to a minimum extent. Still, there is quite large diversity in the shaping of national...

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On the path towards the UK’s upcoming in-out referendum, the UK faces three dilemmas: first, they seek shallower integration at a time when their peers want to deepen it; second, the antagonism to deepening may obstruct what is considered to be necessary changes for the EU and the Eurozone to...

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The European Union has no direct competence in the field of housing policy, at least not as it is conventionally defined. Housing issues have however become increasingly important across the Union, especially since the global financial crisis. As a result EU policy has impinged more heavily on...

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After twenty years of EU membership, the Swedish attitudes towards the EU has grown more positive and more stable in all social groups. Today, every second Swede is in favour of the Swedish EU membership. But at the same time, the Swede´s are all the more convinced about remaining outside the...

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The rules that govern the EU’s annual budget procedure changed with the Lisbon Treaty. In this European Policy Analysis, the author, Giacomo Benedetto, argues that the Council thereby gained more power than did the European Parliament. Furthermore, the budget has become more inflexible and the...

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Due to the financial crises in several EU member states, the EU has constructed a scoreboard of economic indicators to be used as an early warning system; future financial crises must be revealed at an earlier stage. The new scoreboard follows a ‘one size fits all’ approach, but research shows...

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The Lisbon Treaty clearly expresses that the EU should accede to the European Convention on Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms (ECHR). Nonetheless, the Court of Justice ruled, quite unexpectedly, in December 2014, that the draft agreement on the accession is not compatible with EU law. In...

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Differences between capital exporting and capital importing countries are decreasing, which may facilitate an agreement on international investment rules. This has been an aim of EU policy for some time. However, the emergence of mega regional agreements have echoes of previous plurilateral...

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There have been several attempts to assess the economic impact of the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership, TTIP, both at the EU-wide level and for some of the EU countries. However, these studies do not pay any attention to the potential impact of the TTIP on the EU regions. This...

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The prospect of inclusion of the investment-state dispute settlement (ISDS) in the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP), gave rise to heated debate and strong criticism in many EU countries. The initially much polarised either-or discussion has recently gained a more nuanced...

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The big regional trade agreements such as the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership, TTIP, could significantly affect the world trading system. How and to what extent will these agreements generate gains from trade and reduce transatlantic trade costs? And what will they mean for third...

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There has been a fall in investments in several EU member states and the need to revive economic growth is often highlighted. Therefore, the European Commission has presented a plan for 315 billion euro of new investment. In this analysis, Martin Myant discusses this plan and finds that the...

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Russia is the largest non-EU country with borders to several EU countries; a very significant supplier of energy to the EU; and an important destination for exports from the EU. The Russian economy is now facing serious challenges as a result of falling oil prices, sanctions and several years...

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Expanding international exchange generates new collective needs that the nation states cannot satisfy, but also new sources of revenue from the digital economy and from the struggle against fiscal evasion. In this analysis, the author argues that to fund the provision of European collective...

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Two years ago Prime Minister David Cameron pledged to renegotiate the United Kingdom’s EU membership and then hold a referendum if reelected. The date of the election, 7 May, is approaching and the question of who will win the election and what that will mean for the relationship to the EU is of...

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The euro crisis has left no EU member state unaffected. European cooperation and solidarity has for many years been put to the test in a way which has no parallel in the post-war period. Financial turmoil has generated economic straits and political shifts in various countries. The responses to...

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Sexual orientation and gender identity have been more and more identified as grounds of discrimination in European as well as in national legislation. Today, the situation for lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and queer persons in the EU is considered a human rights concern. But what can the EU...

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EU enlargement into Central and Eastern Europe intensifies debates mired in the past.  A forgotten source is the earlier stability strategy by Western powers:  the shift to homogeneous nation-states and ethnic unmixing. The transformation by the end of the 20th century to European integration –...

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This paper argues that the resurgence of the Greek crisis is not surprising and can be explained both with a macroeconomic approach – lack of debt relief – and a microeconomic approach – lack of structural reforms. The lack of progress along both dimensions can be explained both by political...

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Groundhog Day in Greece (2015:5epa)
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The Greek parliamentary election in January resulted in a coalition government with the radical left-wing party Syriza obtaining the most votes. What does this new constellation mean for Greece’s EU relations and the ongoing negotiations over the financial assistance to the country?

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With the Lisbon Treaty, the European Parliament increased its power of scrutiny over the Common Foreign and Security Policy (CFSP) and the Common Security and Defence Policy (CSDP). But what role does the European Parliament, and more specifically, the political groups of the European Parliament...

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The austerity policy introduced in response to the financial and economic crisis in the EU was developed in a quick and emergency driven process.  As a consequence, it was not based on any explicit social policy considerations. As no impact evaluation or follow-up mechanism was created in order...

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The broad and multifaceted notion of solidarity has always been at the heart of trade unions formation and activity. Although the same is true for transnational trade unions, the plethora of conflicts and necessary trade-offs is significantly broader, which affects the very meaning of the...

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