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Cyprus and the EU

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Cyprus and the EU. Accession talks between Cyprus and the EU will need to come to a conclusion about the future of the current division of Cyprus between Greek and Turkish Cypriots. Three scenarios are dealt with in this paper: the continuation of the present situation, namely the absence of a settlement with the entry of the Republic of Cyprus into the EU being imminent; EU membership of a federal, or unitary, Cyprus and finally, a Cyprus confederation within the EU. The paper argues in favour of a confederal solution within the EU. "Cyprus, Which Way? - In Pursuit of a Confederal Solution in Europe", by Nanette Neuwahl, is published by the Jean Monnet Programme.

 

By Jean Monnet Programme, Cyprus.

European Union Policy Resource.


Is the ECB Accountable?

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Is the ECB Accountable? Many financial analysts and academics believe that the European Central Bank lacks transparency and accountability. Lorenzo Bini-Smaghi & Daniel Gros argue that actually their analysis suggests instead that the ECB is, at least on paper, one of the most transparent and accountable central banks. The discrepancy between theory and public perception suggests that much remains to be done within the given institutional framework to improve the transparency of the ECB. The authors suggest that the best way to make the ECB more accountable is to engage it in substantive discussions about its policy. The ECB should provide more information about the background analysis that leads to policy decisions. For example, the ECB should transform its ?staff projections? into true inflation forecasts and it should be more open about the arguments that shape the internal debates, which precedes decisions. "Is the ECB sufficiently accountable and transparent?" is published by ENEPRI.

 

By ENEPRI, Europe.

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Two Speed Europe

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Two Speed Europe. Key thinkers on the French left, Jean-Noël Jeanneney, Pascal Lamy, Henri Nallet and Dominique Strauss-Kahn, argue in Europe: pour aller plus loin for a new inner union between France and Germany. This union would involve a permanent secretariat, joint meetings of the French and German cabinets and joint meetings of the Bundestag and the Assemblée Nationale. However, Charles Grant argues that the dynamics of the EU have changed and that other members of the Union wouldn't permit such an arrangement - forcing France and Germany to pursue such a union outside EU structures. France, Germany and a Hard Core Europe is published by the Centre for European Reform.

 

By Centre for European Reform, France, Germany.

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