Digital populism: AfD lags behind its European counterpartsDigital populism: AfD lags behind its European counterparts
2017 is the year in which Germany saw elements of its first real digital election campaign. In Italy and France, this trend has mostly served populist parties, but does this hold true for Germany? Paul-Jasper Dittrich compares the online-efforts of the German "Alternative für Deutschland" with populists from other European countries. more
#SOTEU - Mr Juncker's Delors moment?#SOTEU - Mr Juncker's Delors moment?
On Wednesday, September 13, Jean-Claude Juncker delivered his third address on the State of the European Union (SOTEU). Commentators were quick to label it the most important speech of his presidency. In this blog post, Max Mannweiler explains this alleged importance, how this SOTEU differed from previous ones and why the Juncker Commission might finally become political. more
How much does Europe spend on comprehensive security?How much does Europe spend on comprehensive security?
In international security affairs, the EU presents itself as a comprehensive power with the unique ability to combine diplomacy, development aid and defence (the three Ds). This policy paper reviews the claim in light of recent expenditure data and asks whether and how Europeans could do better. more
Brexit and the Freedom of Movement: A legal PrimerBrexit and the Freedom of Movement: A legal Primer
Brexit negotiations between the UK and the EU are in full swing. A main point of contention involves the freedom of movement of EU citizens. To explore the legal basis and the limitations of this key EU right, we interviewed Federico Fabbrini, professor of European Law at Dublin City University. more
Brexit and the Area of Freedom, Security and JusticeBrexit and the Area of Freedom, Security and Justice
The claim ‘Brexit means Brexit’ does not qualify for the Area of Freedom, Security and Justice (AFSJ). Resulting from a long history of differentiated integration, the UK has never been a full in- or outsider of the AFSJ. Dr. Funda Tekin argues that a tailor-made Brexit solution should allow for the UK’s future participation in those policy areas in which a full Brexit would lead to a lose-lose situation. more
Digital Single Market: Balancing ambition and pragmatismDigital Single Market: Balancing ambition and pragmatism
The Strategy for a Digital Single Market is one of the most important drivers of EU-integration in the Single Market within this decade. Numerous regulations and processes have to be adapted to the internet age. More than two years have lapsed since the inception of the program in May 2015 - ime for an interim conclusion: Does the strategy hold up to its promises? more
Venture Capital: How to harmonize national and EU measures?Venture Capital: How to harmonize national and EU measures?
The venture capital industry is an important catalyst for a thriving start-up ecosystem, but Europe’s VC market is still small and fragmented. In this paper Philipp Ständer assesses the policy toolbox of member states and EU institutions to promote VC investments and proposes two initiatives that would address the issue of market fragmentation. more