Summer blog: One thing is clear – unlike other new EU member states, Hungary is not a suitable leader for the EU’s enlargement and neighbourhood policies.
- London move saves Dutch diplomatic postsSummer blog: The sale of an expensive Dutch embassy building in London will avert the closure of consulates in Antwerp, Chicago, Milan, Munich and Osaka from having to close.
- Across Europe, women are under-represented in governmentSummer blog: A report out today in Ireland shows that the lack of women in decision-making bodies is not just a problem for the European Commission.
EU states need to reform their bankruptcy procedures, not just their markets for labour and product, writes the director of the Centre for European Policy Studies.
- The trade delusionSlow progress in trade liberalisation is a lighter brake on growth than debt in the rich world and infrastructure and educational deficiencies in developing economies, writes the former chairman of the UK’s Financial Services Authority.
- What made the Bretton Woods system possible?Bretton Woods demonstrated that it takes a major crisis to produce a political dynamic of reform, write the professor of History at Princeton University and the director of the global economy programme at the Center for International Governance Innovation.
From the archives: Cecilia Malmström, Sweden's Europe minister, has more interests than policymaking. She also collects penguins.
Sweden has put one of its most pro-European politicians in the hot seat for its presidency of the EU, likely to be a very challenging six-month stint.
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The European Union’s anti-piracy naval mission in the Horn of Africa, Operation Atalanta, will have a new commander from 6 August. Rear-Admiral Guido Rando, an Italian, will …
A look at Italy's domestic politics, relationship with the EU and the agenda for the next six months at the helm of the Council of Ministers.
- Right place, right time for Italy?
- Grand ambitions for the Italian presidency
- Italy's agenda
- Italy's domestic politics
- Matteo Renzi – prime minister
Italy’s government will want to show off its strengths during its six months at the helm of the Council, but may be distracted by the EU’s institutional disputes.
According to the Italians, nothing is off-limits for discussion during the next six months, including treaty change.
Italy's priorities at home and at the EU level.
Great things are expected of Matteo Renzi, who has charm as well as a ruthless streak.
Italy's prime minister has momentum. How will he use it?
- Pier Carlo Padoan – Italy's finance minister
- Federica Mogherini – Italy's foreign minister
- Gian Luca Galletti – environment minister
- Federica Guidi – Italy's minister for economic development
- Stefano Sannino – permanent representative to the EU
- Italy's environment policy
- Italy's economy under reform
- Italy – a magnet for migrants
- Italy: previous presidencies of the EU's Council of Ministers
Renzi plucked his minister of finance from the number two position at the OECD to do a job that few appear prepared to do.
Italy’s foreign minister comes to office with a strong interest in the Middle East and defence issues.
Italy's minister for the environment and protection of land and sea
Guidi is an arrival from the private sector, where she was CEO of a global engineering firm and vice-president of Confindustria.
Profile of Italy's permanent representative to the EU.
The Italian government has a lot of work to do to improve its environmental record.
Doubts remain whether Renzi's reforms can stop two decades of decline in the the world's ninth largest economy and fourth largest borrower.
With more arrivals in the first half of this year than in the entire last year, Italy is determined to discuss the fundamentals of the EU's migration policy.
18 September 2014
The Crowne Plaza, Brussels, BE
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