EU studies

16.10.2014

Higher education reforms, Erasmus and studying abroad.

Juncker's team

12.09.2014

On 10 September, Jean-Claude Juncker unveiled the most significant shake-up of the European Commission's organisational structure in years. Here is European Voice's take on the new Commission college.

Doing public affairs

18.07.2014

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

Migration

17.07.2014

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.

Decarbonising road transport

19.06.2014

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

12.06.2014

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

28.05.2014

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.

10th anniversary of enlargement

29.04.2014

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

09.04.2014

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-Switzerland

09.04.2014

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