The EU in 2010 – between excitement over the Lisbon Treaty and anxieties about the financial and economic crisis

Katrin Böttger and Julian Plottka

The reporting period from December 2009 until May 2010 has seen the constitutional crisis coming to an end – unlike the financial and economic crisis, which, after initial hopes that it would pass quickly, turned into a Euro and Eurozone crisis instead. With the coming into force of the Lisbon Treaty, questions of its design and implementation continued to keep the subject on the agenda, however. As the widening of the EU is always being related to its deepening, further issues of salience were the Enlargement and Neighbourhood Policy as well as the climate issue, especially during the climate conference in Copenhagen in December 2009.

In this first issue of the EU-27 Watch under collaboration of Cife and the IEP, all these issues are dealt with and a prospect for the second half of 2010 and the beginning of 2011 is given, a time where the finalisation of the post-Lisbon reforms is to be expected to include new opportunities but also uncertainties: