Rethinking reforms in times of slow growth and populismRethinking reforms in times of slow growth and populism
Governments are puzzled how to respond to the conflicting demands of reforming the economy and increase growth on the one hand and to cater to disappointed voters who feel left behind on the other hand. This blog post argues that established parties can address these concerns by focussing on reforms that promote equity and efficiency at the same time. more
Brexit and a multi-speed Europe: a lawyer's perspectiveBrexit and a multi-speed Europe: a lawyer's perspective
On 25 March 2017 the European Union celebrates the 60th anniversary of the Treaty of Rome. The decision by the United Kingdom to withdraw from the European Union is unprecedented and has created a whole set of political and legal questions. We interviewed Federico Fabbrini, Professor of European Law at the School of Law & Government of Dublin City University and author of the 2016 book “Economic Governance in Europe”. more
One year on: What lessons from the EU-Turkey 'deal'?One year on: What lessons from the EU-Turkey 'deal'?
One year after sealing a migration ‘deal’ with the EU, Turkey threatens once again to terminate the agreement. Renewed tensions started when the Netherlands refused to receive campaigning Turkish ministers. The EU-Turkey ‘deal’ thus appears fragile, even though EU and national actors portray it as a success and blueprint for the EU’s external migration cooperation. Is the ‘deal’ really a model and what lessons can be drawn after one year of implementation? more
Three messages from the new Country ReportsThree messages from the new Country Reports
Each year in February, about half-way through the European Semester, the European Commission publishes the new Country Reports. This year they added up to 1700 pages. If you are wondering what to take away without reading every single page, here are three messages: First, the EU economies have improved despite some persistent risks. Second, the Country Reports suggest that reform priorities and actual reform progress are not fully in line. Third, reading the reports in the light of the new White Paper adds further nuance. more
Agenda for digital growth: #DigitalAmitiéAgenda for digital growth: #DigitalAmitié
The EU Commission has designed an ambitious regulatory overhaul to adapt the rules of the game within the Single Market to the demands of digitalization. Yet, will it be enough to put the EU on par with the champions of the digital transformation in the US and parts of Asia? In this Policy Paper, Henrik Enderlein, Paul-Jasper Dittrich and David Rinaldi outline a proposal for an intergovernmental approach: a #DigitalAmitié between France and Germany. more
Brexit and the EU Budget: Threat or Opportunity?Brexit and the EU Budget: Threat or Opportunity?
This paper analyses the implications of Brexit for EU’s public finances. The authors Jörg Haas and Eulalia Rubio draw up four scenarios that outline how the EU could react to the expected budget shortfall after Brexit and highlight the political implications of each scenario. more