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Politics and Power in Brussels: The European Parliament since the Lisbon Treaty Print Email

On July 15, 2011, Klaus Welle, Secretary-General of the European Parliament assessed the implications of the Lisbon Treaty on the European Parliament as well as Europe’s evolving institutional framework beyond parliamentary confines, and discussed the increasingly important role that political parties are playing in the European Union’s legislative branch.

EU Financial Regulatory Reform: A View from the Hungarian Presidency Print Email

On July 7, 2011, The Honorable András Kármán, Hungarian State Secretary for Tax and Financial Regulation at the Ministry of National Economy, who personally coordinated the negotiations between EU Member States and the European Parliament during Hungary’s Presidency of the European Council, on a number of key legislative initiatives, including the reform of the Stability and Growth Pact, offered his insight into what was accomplished and the challenges that still lay ahead in the European Union’s push for sustainable financial and economic stability.

The Challenges of a Common European Foreign Policy Print Email

On June 27, 2011 The European Institute held a special meeting of its European American Policy Forum with The Honorable Steven Vanackere, the Belgian Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs and Institutional Reforms.  Mr. Vanackere offered his assessment of the prospects and challenges that lie ahead in Europe’s efforts to further a common, effective and timely foreign policy.

Click here to read the full text of Mr. Vanackere's remarks.

In Smart-Power Shift, U.S. Now Actively Cultivating Muslim Minorities In The EU Print Email
EA April 2011
By Garret Martin -- European Affairs Editor at Large   

The U.S. State Department has some new pro-active policies toward Muslims and other minorities in Europe that seem to mark a salient change. For example, Charles Rivkin isn't your traditional American ambassador in Paris: a political appointee with a career background in entertainment, he is regularly spotted doing things like this: hosting hip-hop artists and ethnic-minority politicians at embassy receptions; inaugurating a large art mural in Villiers-le-Bel, the site of major urban riots in 2007; visiting a youth cultural center and engaging in debates with the audience; dropping in on embassy-sponsored seminars on social issues and engines of change;

"Where are U.S. and Europe Heading? Managing America’s Unintended Empire” by George Friedman Print Email
EA April 2011
Book Review by William Marmon   

george friedman imageThis bold and deliberately provocative book on geopolitical forecasting has smart and suggestive points to make about the whole geopolitical scene, especially the U.S. and Europe.

According to the author George Friedman to manage its "unintended empire," Washington will need to learn the doctrine of playing off new regional contenders against each other. He advocates this "Machiavellian" strategy -- sometimes called "off-shore balancing" -- because it seeks to avoid getting U.S. "boots on the ground" and getting sucked into future wars that might resemble Iraq.

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