As the people of Burma ready themselves for a historic election on 1st April, which will probably see Aung San Suu Kyi elected to parliament, we published a timely policy memo explaining how the EU can ensure that Burma’s reforms are more than skin deep. In ‘How the EU can support reform in Burma’, Jonas Parello-Plesner cautions against raising sanctions too quickly. Instead, he argues that Europe should tie the raising of sanctions to real signs of progress, use development aid to consolidate reforms, and create an environment for foreign businesses to invest in Burma in a sustainable and considerate way.
This last week also saw the second in our series of papers examining national debates over Europe, as part of our ‘Reinventing Europe’ project. Petr Drulak looks at the case of the Czech Republic, and argues that its truculence on EU issues is a logical response to its situation, largely because it is small, Central European and post-communist. Click here for the 'first paper' in the series, examining the Polish position in the EU.
We also published two more podcasts/blog posts in our series examining how other global powers view Europe (click here for the first in the series, looking at the view from China):
The EU cannot hope to transform Russia, but it should be aware of the price of secluding it
Western hopes that China will take greater responsibility for dealing with international crises likely to be dashed.
Europe should consider an overhaul of its Mediterranean policy to prioritise support for Tunisia
To avoid gas cut-offs Europe should help Ukraine reform
The EU needs a more coherent approach to international justice