Business Briefs

This series of Business briefs provides concise information about the European Union (EU) for businesses in the United States.

These business briefs examine the EU and the trading relationship between the US and the EU. One cluster of papers provides an overview of EU political and institutional factors relevant to doing business there; other clusters examine the EU as a trading partner, security issues, economic and market considerations and considerations such as corporate governance, tax policy, and intellectual property regulations.  

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The year each brief was produced is listed next to the title.

EU Foreign Affairs

EU/NATO Defense Capabilities
2012
China: Europe's White Knight or Economic Black Swan?
2012
The New Germany: Abandoning Europe?
2012
The EU and Iran
2012
The EU and the Arab Spring
2012
The Impact of the 2012 US Election on the Transatlantic Relationship
2012

European Financial Crisis

EU Development Policy
2012
Contagion and the European Financial Crisis
2012
Eurobonds
2012
Macroeconomic Policy Coordination in the EU
2012
The Politics of an EU Financial Transaction Tax
2012

Recent Focus on Europe

The State of Right-Wing Extremism in Europe
2012
The British Coalition Government
2011
The "Greek" Crisis: Origins (Part 1)
2010
The "Greek" Crisis: Implications (Part 2)
2010

Europe Under the Lisbon Treaty

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

International Issues

Focus on Afghanistan 2011
Libya: A European War? 2011
Somalia: Piracy, Failed State Status, and the Impact on Global Trade 2011
Focus on Russia 2010
Rising China: EU Perspectives and Responses
2009
European Responses to the Global Economic Crisis
2009
Life Sciences and Biotechnology: The Transatlantic Divide
2009
Climate Change: Towards a New Transatlantic Consensus? 2009
NATO's Afghan Quagmire (Afghanistan and the War on Terror)
2009

Transatlantic Relations

The New Transatlantic Relationship
2009
International Currency Competition: Euro vs. US Dollar
2009
Transatlantic Defense Procurement
2009
NATO After the Russian Invasion (The New Balance of Power in NATO) 2009
Transatlantic Investment: Towards a Transatlantic Marketplace?
2009

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

Europe as a Trading Partner

The External Face of Europe (how the EU and member states represent trade)
2008
Agriculture
2008
Textiles
2008
Steel and Heavy Industry
2008
Information and Communications Technology
2008
The EU-US Dispute Over Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs)
2007
The Demise of Doha: The End of the Multilateral Trading System?
2007
EU Development Policy
2007

Security

Security - Internal and External
2008
European Military Capabilities
2007
European Integration and Civil-Military Relations
2007
EU-NATO Relations
2007

Political and Institutional Factors

Decision Making and Legislation (Council, Commission, Parliament, Member States)
2006
Rule Enforcement and Dispute Resolution (Commission and ECJ)
2006
European Neighborhood Policy (Euro-Med, Immigration)
2008
Europe as a Political Entity (Federalism, Subsidiarity, Democracy)
2006
EU Constitutional Issues
2008
The Kyoto Protocol and Global Climate Change
2007

Economic and Market Considerations

Money and Exchange Rates (inside and outside the euro)
2008
Monetary and Fiscal Policy (the ECB and the stability and growth pact)
2008
Unemployment and Welfare State Reform (the Lisbon Strategy)
2008
Wage Bargaining and Worker Representation
2008
Education and Labor Mobility (Bologna Process, recognition of degrees, etc.)
2006
The Rise of the BRICs: Implications for Transatlantic Relations (Brazil, Russia, India, China)
2007
Europe's Rising Financial Power
2007
The EU and the Global Convergence in Accounting Standards
2007

North Carolina and the EU

North Carolina and the European Union: A Transatlantic Relationship
2006


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