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The author of the Briefing Notes is Peter Ludlow, founding director of CEPS in Brussels and executive president of the European Strategy Forum. Described by the Financial Times as ‘Brussels’ ultimate insider’, Peter Ludlow has been closely involved with EU affairs for over 30 years.
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  • Brexit Briefings

    • The Brexit Briefing at the Athenaeum Club in London on July 4 was an intense and fact-filled morning. At the end of the morning participants were left in little doubt about the complexity of the negotiations between the European Commission acting for the 27 members of the EU and the UK. They were also depressed by the contrast between the thorough preparations and unity of the 27 compared with the disunity and lack of preparation of the UK.
      The next Brexit Briefing will take place on 5 October with presentations by Herman van Rompuy, former president of the European Council and Alexis Lautenberg, former ambassador to the EU who was deeply engaged in negotiating the Swiss/EU bilateral agreements. Other speakers will join them to review the state of the Brexit negotiations. Early registration is advised because space is limited. More »
  • Latest Publications List

    • Pre-summit Briefing 2017/8

      14-15 December: Donald Tusk throws down the gauntlet There will be no less than three summits on Thursday and Friday: an ordinary meeting of the European Council,
    • European Council Briefing Note 2017/8

      November 2017: a trial run for the Leaders’ Agenda  This is a very short note indeed, which will be best read as a postscript to the
    • European Council Briefing Note 2017/7

      October 2017: the Leaders’ Agenda The European Council on 19-20 October had a crowded agenda. One item, the Leaders’ Agenda was more important than any of
    • Pre-summit Briefing 2017/7

      17 November: Education and Culture  Donald Tusk will preside over a special meeting of the European Council in Göteborg on 17 November. Angela Merkel will not
    • Pre-summit Briefing 2017/6

      19/20 October: The Leaders’ Agenda, Brexit and Other Issues The October European Council seems certain to be one of its more important meetings. This is not
    • European Council Briefing Note 2017/6

      September 2017: Tallinn and the Leaders’ Agenda  The working dinner which Donald Tusk presided over in Tallinn on 28 September was unscheduled, informal and conclusion-less.  This