Think Tank Review – Issue 22/2015

Welcome to issue 22 of the Think Tank Review compiled by the EU Council Library. It gives a short abstract of papers published in February 2015, with a link to the full text.

This month’s Review has a focus on external action and includes the CEPS/ Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung report on More Union in European defence, presented in Brussels on 9 March. Other relevant resources from the library were listed in our blog post on the event.

On economics, we harvested the habitual range of papers on the banking union, capital markets, pros and cons of the ECB’s quantitative easing, debt targets and the balanced budget rule, and more. Thomas Piketty’s book continues to trigger debate. See the collection of (mostly critical) essays on the book by the UK think tank Policy Network. On inequality, the notion at the heart of Piketty’s book, we also feature an article by Caritas Europa and one by Friends of Europe.

On a related matter, a specific aspect of how the crisis impacted European societies is analysed in the IPPR’s survey of employee progression in European labour markets. Polarisation between low and high skills on the job market is also the subject of a report by the French Institut Montaigne.

As always, feedback is welcome at central.library@consilium.europa.eu.

The next Review will be out in April 2015, with papers published in March.

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