Migration

Exploring EU migration, including what the statistics reveal, how member states are reacting to migration and the need for an EU model to manage it.

Doing public affairs

Examining the world of public affairs in and around the EU.

Decarbonising road transport

Tackling climate change, car-makers concerns and the shift from road to rail.

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Italy's presidency of the EU's Council of Ministers

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.

European Parliament election results

In the aftermath of the elections to the European Parliament, this special report looks at how the 2014-19 term is shaping up, with country-by-country statistics, political party results and a list of the casualties.

EU-Switzerland

Switzerland's relationship with the EU is at a crossroads, with the country facing a choice of developing closer ties or greater isolation.

10th anniversary of enlargement

The European Union was fundamentally changed ten years ago this week with the 'big bang' expansion to 12 countries. How have these countries, and the EU itself, changed since then?

  • After the big bang
  • 1 May marks ten years since the EU’s ‘big bang’ enlargement. How have those countries, and the EU, changed in the past decade?

  • Survival instincts
  • Cyprus is still feeling the effects of the eurozone crisis, but other countries that joined the EU in 2004 can focus on longer-term economic challenges.

  • Eastern promises
  • The enlargement of 2004 imported some foreign-policy problems and increased attention to the EU’s eastern neighbours.

  • The EU’s numbers game
  • Fears that bringing ten countries into the EU would paralyse the Union have proved unfounded.
  • Staffing
  • In 2004, the Council adopted a temporary rule that made it possible to give preference to candidates for the new member states in recruiting for EU posts, for a transitional period that ended on 31 December 2010.
  • A decade of consolidation
  • Politics in central and eastern Europe has become significantly more predictable.
  • Divided then, divided now
  • Cyprus was a special case among the ten countries that joined the European Union in 2004, and it is a special case still – the only member state of the EU that does not have full control over all its territory.
  • More money, more migration
  • Malta’s political leaders have been quick to praise the benefits of European Union membership ahead of the tenth anniversary.
  • Tested for resilience
  • After a tough first decade as EU members, leaders of the class of 2004 are Euro-realists keen on consolidation, rather than innovation.

Access to healthcare

Although European member states have, by global standards, well-developed healthcare systems, equality of access for all is still far from reality. In practice there are considerable variations in care between member states and within each member state.

  • The (un)informed patient
  • Having the correct information about treatment can have life-or-death consequences, but patients are often left in the dark.

EU-Africa

On 2-3 April, the Council of Ministers' building in Brussels will be stuffed full with delegates attending a summit meeting of the European Union's member states with more than 50 African nations. The EU-Africa summit brings together two continents in one building that is barely equal to the task.

Food labelling

New EU rules will force firms to provide more detailed information on food packaging.

  • You are what you eat?
  • New EU rules will force firms to provide more detailed information on food packaging. What will the changes mean for consumers?