About: Tom Spencer

Brexit 08-02-2016

Europe and the UK must avoid a ‘Neverendum’

Statistics and, more importantly, history itself teaches us that for questions over the UK’s EU membership to be put to bed, the winning camp must win by around 20%. The ‘remain’ campaign must emphasise the issue of security, argues Tom Spencer.
Brexit 19-10-2012

Europe, after the Conservative Party

Margaret Thatcher, John Major and Tony Blair, whatever the other distractions of their premierships, were keen followers of the European debate. Only Gordon Brown, in the terminal stages of his decay, can be accused of such a lack of interest in matters European. David Cameron is in a league of his own, writes Tom Spencer.
Brexit 17-08-2012

Britain, Europe and referendums

Europe is the key to the future of the coalition government in Britain. Unless the current tendency to pander to the eurosceptic right is abandoned, the Liberal Democrats will be inevitably driven into a future coalition with a Labour Party that has declined to commit political suicide by heading too far to the left, writes Tom Spencer.
Global Europe 09-06-2011

Reflections on the Arab revolutions

Tom Spencer analyses in depth the background and context of the Arab revolutions, the European Union's "flabby diplomacy" and the repercussions these developments will have on the EU's political leaders, arguing that these could even prematurely end Catherine Ashton's term as the bloc's foreign affairs chief.
Public Affairs 08-04-2011

Of power, proximity and public affairs

Ex-diplomats with an understanding of how the EU works are likely to be a useful part of the scene for the foreseeable future. They after all have training in history, geography and power – the very essence of both public affairs and foreign policy, writes Tom Spencer, executive director of the European Centre for Public Affairs (ECPA), in an April commentary. 
Public Affairs 01-12-2010

Of Poppies & the Public Affairs of Remembrance

Poppies can teach us a lot about the public affairs of the 21st century, writes Tom Spencer, executive director of the European Centre for Public Affairs (ECPA), in a November briefing.
Brexit 04-11-2010

Of Arrogance, Anger and Ambition

In a commentary written on 3 November, Tom Spencer, executive director of the European Centre for Public Affairs, discusses Britain's coalition government, recent political developments in the EU and the United States, and the public affairs of climate change.
Public Affairs 11-02-2010

Analyst: Barroso II needs ‘vision’, sense of ‘history’

With decades of EU institutional reform and eastern enlargement culminating with the entry into force of the Lisbon Treaty, the European Union is now "as close to the final EU institutional balance as we are likely to get in our lifetimes" and leaders can focus on pressing issues like climate change, energy and food security instead, Tom Spencer, executive director of the European Centre for Public Affairs, told EURACTIV in an interview. 
Public Affairs 07-01-2010

On the Primacy of Process: Brussels and Copenhagen

"It is process rather than personalities which holds the key to understanding the European Union as it totters into a new world after the ratification of the Treaty of Lisbon," writes Tom Spencer, executive director of the European Centre for Public Affairs (ECPA), in a Christmas briefing paper, predicting that "it will be some months yet before we can say with any certainty how the Union will function in its new Treaty garb".
Public Affairs 22-01-2009

Business needs public affairs more than ever in downturn

In the current economic downturn, business needs public affairs "more than ever", argues Tom Spencer, executive director of the European Centre for Public Affairs.
Public Affairs 29-10-2008

Spencer: Joint EU-US action on crisis ‘inevitable’

Joint action from the EU and US to address the financial crisis "must inevitably precede global cooperation," argues Tom Spencer, the executive director of the European Centre for Public Affairs, in an interview with EURACTIV.
Public Affairs 03-03-2008

Improvements required in the EU public affairs process

Public affairs, or the "interaction of society with its political institutions," is essential to democracy, particularly a 'new' democracy on a continental scale such as the EU, writes Tom Spencer, executive director of the European Centre for Public Affairs (ECPA), in an article for EU Reporter.
Public Affairs 28-08-2007

The Public Affairs of Sunshine

For the first time since the French and Dutch rejection of the Constitution, Europhiles can feel sunlight on their faces, says Tom Spencer, executive director of The European Centre for Public Affairs (EPCA).
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