With help, Brussels could become an ideas hub

The European Union should do more to encourage think-tanks.

The world of Brussels-based think-tanks is changing fast. Ever more players are popping up and making their voice heard on the EU ‘beltway’.  The initial establishment of the more traditional ‘generalist’ centres in the 1990s was followed by the arrival of US-based ones (from the International Crisis Group to the German Marshall Fund, from the East-West Institute to Carnegie) – a recognition of the increasing importance of ‘Brussels’ as an arena influencing international affairs. 

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