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Research Resources on Europe

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Wider Europe, including EU relations

  • European Sources Online (ESO) provides information about the EU from a variety of sources both official and non-official.
  • The Central and Eastern European Online Library (CEEOL) is the only database providing electronic access to articles and eBooks on Central and Eastern European humanities and social science subjects.  The library has a complete list of periodicals and offers the possibility of institutional subscription. This database also offers pay-per-view for individual access.
  • Single Source Europe is funded by the European Commission and involves the setting up and maintaining of an online portal for Central and Eastern European think tanks and research institutes. The portal will provide a 'single source' for all their English language publications, whether policy papers, reports, journals or books; whether they are in electronic or printed form.
  • The AMECO database is the annual macro-economic database of the European Commission's Directorate General for Economic and Financial Affairs (DG ECFIN). AMECO data is made available free of charge but for personal and non commercial use only. AMECO contains data for EU-15, the euro area, EU Member States, including the new members (Cyprus, Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Poland, Slovakia and Slovenia), other candidate countries (Bulgaria, Romania and Turkey) and other OECD countries (United States, Japan, Canada, Switzerland, Norway, Iceland, Mexico, Korea, Australia and New Zealand). 
  • The European Research Papers Archive (ERPA) is a single access point to a number of important working paper series.
  • This monthly enlargement research bulletin of the EU Commission provides abstracts of publications concerning the enlargement of the European Union selected from a database of 300 organisations in Member States, Candidate countries and elsewhere.
  • The Development and Transition Newsletter, a joint project between the UNDP and the LSE, provides a forum for policy-oriented discussion about development and transition in Europe and Eurasia. It is published in English and in Russian.   
  • European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), the regional development bank to assist countries from Central Europe to Central Asia in their transition processes.
  • Website devoted to EU-Turkey relations, particularly news and current developments.
  • Resources on the Lomé Convention between the EU and the African, Carribean and Pacific (ACP) States.
  • The Euro-Asia Centre's website to foster academic linkages between Europe and Asia.
  • The refereed on-line journal European Political Economy Review is interdisciplinary with a broad coverage of Europe.
  • The Journal of Contemporary European Research aims to provide a forum for emerging scholars of European Studies by allowing them to present their ideas alongside those of more established academics and practitioners.
  • FORNET, was a network of research and teaching on European foreign policy, funded by the European Commission.
  • The EUobserver  is a daily news website offering comprehensive coverage of EU affairs and beyond.  It covers news from Brussels and Europe's capitals in over 20 European languages (including Russian and Turkish) to report on the most important news of the day. It is a policy of always adding relevant links, original documents and media in different languages.
  • The Council for European Studies a not for profit research council based at Columbia University, USA

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Organisations related to Wider Europe

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European Union

The EU's official website contains a wealth of information.
Since it is sometimes difficult to navigate, here are a few more specific addresses:


  • European Central Bank (ECB) with links to EU central banks.
  • The Eurodebate website is a popular website on the history of the euro, arguments - pros and cons, and links to information about the euro on the internet.
  • Here is an exchange rate site to translate monetary amounts into and from Euros.
  • The UK Treasury's website contains the assessment of the five economic tests for entering EMU and the 18 studies that accompanied that assessment.

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Independent Think Tanks

  • The European Policy Institutes Network is a comprehensive network of almost 40 member thinktanks in 28 countries, including all the EU member states and accession and candidate countries.
  • The Centre for European Policy Studies is an independent policy research institute founded in 1983, located in Brussels. Its research programme comprises both economic policy and politics, institutions, and security.
  • The Centre for European Reform is a British think tank 'devoted to improving the quality of debate on the future of the European Union'.
  • The European Centre for Parliamentary Research and Documentation (ECPRD) is a network to foster cooperation and exchanges of information between parliamentary libraries and research departments in Europe.
  • The European Policy Centre is an independent, not-for-profit Belgian think tank which acts as 'an interface between government, business and civil society' and 'committed to making European integration work'.
  • The Cicero Foundation is a not-for-profit Dutch organisation which provides a forum for discussions on future developments within Europe and the Atlantic World. Special attention is paid to issues connected to integrating Central and Eastern European Countries into the EU and NATO.
  • The Observatoire social européenne based in Brussels, focuses on the social aspects of European integration.
  • The European Institute for the Media is a think tank which analyses media and communications development in the Europe of the digital age (website under construction).
  • The Institute of Public Affairs in Warsaw has useful papers to download.

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Special topics

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Conferences and Study Associations