Thinking ahead for Europe

CEPS News December 2016

What role for a European think tank in the age of populism?

Daniel Gros
Director

The role of a think tank is to provide policymakers with analysis and expert opinion, based on facts, figures and rigorous research. But this makes little sense in a world in which even facts and figures are contested. As memorably remarked during the Brexit campaign by a leading advocate of leaving...

Research
The Handbooks on the EU's new Association Agreements and DCFTAs with Ukraine, Moldova and Georgia, which were published last summer in English by CEPS and Rowman and Littlefield International, have now been translated into the respective national languages. At a series of well-attended 'roadshow' book launches in Lviv, Kyiv and...
The labour market integration of newly arrived asylum-seekers is still a live political issue, especially in view of the latest influx of refugees into the European Union. Drawing on lessons from the past, CEPS’ first contribution to the MEDAM project followed up on Bosnians who were displaced during the Bosnian...
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In a context of rising competition and increasingly exigent consumers, established banks and newcomers are using enabling digital technologies to develop new products, processes and models. This wide structural transformation is triggering specific risks that European and national regulators are gradually addressing. The range of issues is relatively broad: cyber...

Joaquin Almunia elected Chairman of the CEPS Board of Directors
An experienced Spanish politician, Mr Almunia was a prominent member of the European Commission from 2004 until 2014, initially as Commissioner in charge of economic and financial affairs and, in the second Barroso Commission, as Vice-President in charge of competition policy. Reflecting on his prospective role as Chairman of the...
MEETINGS
“Towards a more resilient global economy” was the theme of the conference organised by CEPS in cooperation with the German Ministry of Finance and Deutsche Bundesbank on November 30th, before the official opening of the finance track of the German Presidency of the G20 by Finance Minister Wolfgang Schäuble. This...
The 2016 ECMI Annual Conference was hosted by the National Bank of Belgium on November 9th, organised jointly by ECMI and the Brevan Howard Centre for Financial Analysis at Imperial College Business School. This high level event brought together over 30 academics, policymakers, and market participants to address an audience...
The global standards for bank capital requirements will be revised once again. The package that forms Basel III, or Basel IV as it is sometimes called, was discussed at a timely high-level seminar organised by CEPS and the International Research Centre on Cooperative Finance (IRCCF HEC) Montreal in the European...
Early in December, in the context of the first edition of the “Invest Week” and in cooperation with Pensions Europe, ECMI staged an event on “Asset allocation in a low interest rate environment”. Moderator (and ECMI General Manager) Karel Lannoo explored with his fellow panellists the extent to which current...
The Secretary General of the German Council of Economic Experts, Jochen Andritzky, presented the German Council of Economic Expert’s annual report 2016-17 at a CEPS seminar on November 23rd. In his view, the EU’s recent and excessive reliance on monetary stimulus now needed to shift towards fiscal and structural reforms...
Gender equality is not only desirable from an ethical and societal point of view, it also has a strong economic rationale. The CEPS-Intereconomics conference “Inefficient Inequality: The economic costs of gender inequality in Europe” on November 3rd illustrated this thesis quite clearly. The gap between genders in terms of remuneration,...
A debate at CEPS on November 15th about this year’s European Commission reports on the countries seeking to join the Union was dominated by the issue of Turkey, which has been backsliding on democratic reform. Simon Mordue, Director for Strategy and Turkey at DG NEAR, advised that while many developments...
“Cyprus: Re-unification, at last?” was the question considered by a CEPS panel debate on 21 November 2016 – just as a make-or-break meeting between the leaders of the Greek and Turkish communities on the divided island was getting underway. There was a sense of ‘now or never’ at the event...
Ukraine continues to fight for its territorial integrity in the face of Russian encroachment, while seeking to democratise and modernise. The enormity of these challenges was the subject of “Securing the Modernisation of Ukraine”, a seminar held in Brussels on December 6th. Adam Shub, Chargé d’Affaires of the US Mission...
The Commission’s proposed ‘connectivity package’ and a new Electronic Communications Code were discussed at a CEPS Digital Forum seminar on November 16th, chaired by Colin Blackman at CEPS. The seminar brought together a range of stakeholders’ and analysts’ views and considered the implications of co-investment and the possible impact of...
Terrorist and criminal organisations are increasingly relying on information and communication technologies (ICT) to plan and coordinate their activities. In the age of Big Data, intelligence and law enforcement agencies could exploit the deluge of available data to support criminal investigations and help prevent violence. Police and security agencies would...
For two weeks around mid-November, climate policy wonks, negotiators and ministers flocked to Marrakech for the annual international climate conference. It was not long before the elation due to the early ratification of the Paris Agreement (just ahead of the start of COP22) gave way to dismay at the news...
The transportation sector dramatically highlights how the rapid evolution of technology and new business models is leading to innovation and how its widespread diffusion offers potential solutions to societal challenges. In combination, these trends can significantly contribute to long-term prosperity and inclusive, sustainable growth. Against this background, CEPS and Hitachi...
TASKFORCE NEWS
In response to rising competition and increasingly demanding consumers, established banks and newcomers alike are using digital technologies to develop new products, processes and models. This wide structural transformation is triggering specific risks that European and national regulators are gradually addressing. The range of issues is relatively broad: cyber security,...

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