The EU in Brief

The EU in Brief is a series of concise informational documents about the European Union targeting businesses, media and educators in North Carolina and across the United States. The briefs examine the economic and foreign policy relationship between the US and the EU, as well domestic issues affecting contemporary Europe. New briefs are added periodically. Each title below links to a PDF.


2017 Briefs

The Economic Future of the EU Without the UK 2017
The Political Future of the EU Without the UK 2017


Doing Business in Europe

The Single Market (and Voluntary Industrial Standards) 2008
Corporate Governance (The Development of an EU Company Statute) 2008
Corporate Taxation (Moves Toward Harmonization) 2008
Financial Services (Efforts to Implement the Financial Services Directive) 2008
Intellectual Property Rights (Efforts to Establish an EU Patent) 2008


Economic, Financial and Trade Considerations

The Economic Future of the EU Without the UK 2017
Transatlantic Data Privacy 2016
EU-Canadian Comprehensive Economic Trade Agreement Negotiations 2013
The Politics of an EU Financial Transaction Tax 2012
Somalia: Piracy, Failed State Status, and the Impact on Global Trade 2011
Rising China: EU Perspectives and Responses 2009
Unemployment and Welfare State Reform (the Lisbon Agenda) 2008
Wage Bargaining and Worker Representation 2008
The External Face of Europe (How the EU and Member States Represent Trade) 2008
Europe as a Trading Partner: Agriculture 2008
Europe as a Trading Partner: Textiles 2008
Europe as a Trading Partner: Steel and Heavy Industry 2008
Europe as a Trading Partner: Information and Communications Technology 2008
Free Movement of Labor within the EU-27? 2008
The EU’s Demographic Crisis 2008
Money and Exchange Rates (Inside and Outside the Eurozone) 2008
Monetary and Fiscal Policy (The ECB and the Stability and Growth Pact) 2008
The Demise of Doha: The End of the Multilateral Trading System? 2007
The EU and the Global Convergence in Accounting Standards 2007
Europe’s Rising Financial Power 2007
Education and Labor Mobility (Bologna Process, Recognition of Degrees, etc.) 2006


EU Enlargement Trends

Brexit 2015
The EU and Turkey 2014
Turkey’s Quest for EU Membership 2008
Turkey: A Long Journey to Europe 2006
Civil Society: The Cases of Hungary and Bulgaria 2006
The EU and East Central Europe: A Decade of Promotion of Democracy and Economic Development: The Cases of Hungary and Slovakia 2006


Europe Through a Domestic Lens

The EU and the Crisis in Ukraine 2014
The Italian Political Crisis 2013
The New Germany: Abandoning Europe? 2012
The State of Right-Wing Extremism in Europe 2012
The British Coalition Government 2011


European Economic, Financial and Monetary Crisis

EU Financial Reform 2014
The New Strategy at the European Central Bank 2014
Lessons From Cyprus 2013
The Politicisation of the European Central Bank 2013
Europe’s Progress Towards Banking Union 2013
The Politics of Austerity 2013
Contagion and the European Financial Crisis 2012
Macroeconomic Policy Coordination in the EU 2012
The Politics of an EU Financial Transaction Tax 2012
Eurobonds 2012
The “Greek” Crisis: Origins (Part 1) 2010
The “Greek” Crisis: Implications (Part 2) 2010
European Responses to the Global Economic Crisis 2009


Foreign Affairs & Security

The Refugee Crisis in the EU 2016
European Defense Cooperation 2014
The EU, China and Development Cooperation in Africa 2013
The EU, Transnational Crime, and Illegal Immigration 2013
The EU and Iran 2012
EU Development Policy 2012
China: Europe’s White Knight or Economic Black Swan? 2012
The EU and the Arab Spring 2012
Libya: A European War? 2011
Focus on Afghanistan 2011
Focus on Russia 2010
EU Security – Internal and External 2008
European Neighborhood Policy (Euro-Med, Immigration) 2008
Europe’s Iran Diplomacy 2008
The EU-Russia Relationship: A Flawed Strategic Partnership 2008
Europe’s Role in the Palestinian-Israeli Conflict 2008
European Military Capabilities 2007
EU Development Policy: From Lomé to Cotonou and Beyond 2007
European Integration and Civil-Military Relations 2007
European Energy Security 2006
International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia 2006


NATO in Europe & the World

EU/NATO Defense Capabilities 2012
NATO’s Afghan Quagmire 2009
NATO After the Russian Invasion (The New Balance of Power in NATO) 2009
EU-NATO Relations 2008


EU Politics and Institutions

The Political Future of the EU Without the UK 2017
The 2014 European Elections and the Future of the EU 2014
The European Union After Lisbon 2010
The Barroso II Commission 2010
The New European Parliament 2010
The EU’s High Representative for Foreign and Security Policy 2010
The First President of the European Council 2010
EU Constitutional Issues 2008
Decision Making and Legislation (Council, Commission, Parliament, Member States) 2006
Rule Enforcement and Dispute Resolution (Commission and ECJ) 2006
Europe as a Political Entity (Federalism, Subsidiarity, Democracy) 2006


Transatlantic Relations

NSA Leaks and Transatlantic Relations 2014
The EU in NC 2014
The US-EU Trade and Investment Pact 2013
European Energy and Environmental Policy – New Technologies, New Challenges, New Partnerships 2013
The Impact of the 2012 US Election on the Transatlantic Relationship 2012
The New Transatlantic Relationship 2009
Transatlantic Investment: Towards a Transatlantic Marketplace? 2009
Transatlantic Defense Procurement 2009
International Currency Competition: Euro vs. US Dollar 2009
Climate Change: Towards a New Transatlantic Consensus? 2009
Life Sciences and Biotechnology: The Transatlantic Divide 2009
The Kyoto Protocol and Global Climate Change: Towards a New Transatlantic Consensus? 2007
The EU-US Dispute Over Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) 2007
The Rise of the BRICs: Implications for Transatlantic Relations (Brazil, Russia, India, China) 2007
North Carolina and the European Union: A Transatlantic Relationship 2007
CES Business Briefs are made possible by generous funding from the European Union through the Getting to Know Europe grant.