Think Tank Review – Issue 31/2016

Welcome to issue 31 of the Think Tank Review compiled by the EU Council Library (click to share on Twitter). It references papers published in December 2015. As usual, we provide the link to the full text and a short abstract.

In the ‘EU Member States’ section, and for those with a specific interest in the UK, readers will find a rich selection of content. Several papers cover the UK’s plan for an ‘in/out’ referendum. Last December, the members of the European Council agreed to work closely together to find mutually satisfactory solutions in all the four areas where the United Kingdom is seeking reform (economic governance, competitiveness, sovereignty and immigration) at the European Council meeting on 18-19 February 2016.

Still in this section, a report examines Greek emigration and its economic consequences and explores policy options to minimize the cost and maximize the benefits of that mobility. We also included an article on the French-speaking community (‘la Francophonie‘) and the French language’s impact on trade and welfare; the article argues that the promotion of ‘la Francophonie’ makes sense as a way of expanding the influence of the French language and culture though not as a macroeconomic policy goal.

In the ‘EU policies’ section we look at think tanks that have been focusing on employment and social issues, with papers exploring social inequalities in Europe, the EU approach to gender and the significant increase of temporary agency work in Europe since the 1990s, and its consequences, not just for the morale of the workers, but also its effect on company performance, e.g. on productivity and sales and other indicators of companies’ performance.

The preparations for the upcoming NATO summit in Warsaw this July are reflected in several studies, included under the ‘Foreign and Security policy’ section.

For our ‘Regards croisés’ section, we have found a stimulating analysis entitled ‘Germany: looking in, looking out’. It covers German policy responses to the internal and external issues facing the country and contributes to a deeper understanding of Germany today.

As always, feedback is welcome at central.library@consilium.europa.eu. Next Review will be out in February 2016, with papers published in January 2016.

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