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Group of Franco-German economists proposes roadmap for euro area reform

Group of Franco-German economists proposes roadmap for euro area reform

Leading French and German economists, among them Henrik Enderlein, director of the Jacques Delors Institut - Berlin, have published a joint set of proposals on how to reform the Eurozone. The report, which reconciles aspects of risk sharing with market discipline, aims to bridge existing disagreements among euro area members on the direction that reforms should take. more

Tax me if you can - The taxation of digital businesses in the EU

Tax me if you can - The taxation of digital businesses in the EU

The proper taxation of digital companies has become a top policy issue in 2017 and is expected to gather even more steam throughout 2018. In this blog post, Paul-Jasper Dittrich and Pola Schneemelcher take a step back and assess the European debate and the main challenges ahead. more

Towards a more democratic European Union

Towards a more democratic European Union

In the debate on the future of the EU, it is the first time since the signing of the Treaty of Lisbon that fundamental institutional issues are again under discussion. This Policy Paper by Valentin Kreilinger analyses the proposals made in recent months as part of the debate and examines the legal requirements, along with the political scope for action for their potential implementation. more

A European Defence Union: In the name of the people?

A European Defence Union: In the name of the people?

We need a European Security and Defence Union – and it is what our citizens want. This narrative has accompanied recent Franco-German and European efforts to foster closer cooperation on security and defence. But what in fact do French and German citizens actually want? A policy paper by Nicole Koenig addresses this question by analysing recent French and German opinion poll data more

Turning the tide on EU migration policy

Turning the tide on EU migration policy

EU migration governance is struggling to control migratory flows to Europe. To stay in the driver’s seat, the EU and its Member States need to commit to a broad spectrum of operational interventions and progressive policy options available. This paper by Nils Feller presents recommendations to better manage migration and strengthen third country cooperation. more

How would a European disruptive innovation agency look like

How would a European disruptive innovation agency look like

To promote Europe’s competitiveness in the digital President Macron proposed to establish a “European agency for disruptive innovation” in the vein of the US agency DARPA. In this blog post we assess the functioning of DARPA and argue that Europe currently lacks a comparable innovation policy tool. A European innovation agency could be used as industrial policy tool as well as for public procurement of innovative technology. more

Looking for the silver bullet – A guide to the ESM debate

Looking for the silver bullet – A guide to the ESM debate

The reform of the ESM has become a focal point of the debate on the future of economic and monetary union. Under this label, a wide variety of proposals is discussed: debt restructuring; a possible backstop for banking union; the future of crisis management; or even changing economic surveillance in the euro area. Our study structures a debate which is too often all over the place and offers a guide through the proposals on the table. more

Don’t overrate the preliminary agreement

The Economist reports about the completion of the talks between CDU, CSU and SPD in Germany. According to Lucas Guttenberg, the text should be read as a “simple openness to talk” and warns about overemphasizing the preliminary agreements between. more

An agreement of substance?

The EU Observer analyses speculations following the coalition talks between CDU, CSU and SPD. Citing Lucas Guttenberg, it warns that it remains to be seen how much of the agreement is backed by substance and how much is mere rhetoric. more

Group of Franco-German economists proposes roadmap for euro area reform

Leading French and German economists, among them Henrik Enderlein, director of the Jacques Delors Institut - Berlin, have published a joint set of proposals on how to reform the Eurozone. The report, which reconciles aspects of risk sharing with market discipline, aims to bridge existing disagreements among euro area members on the direction that reforms should take. more