Jacques Delors Institute – European Think Tank in Berlin

France and Germany: Spearheading CSDP?

France and Germany: Spearheading CSDP?

After the Brexit vote, France and Germany put their weight behind a European Security and Defence Union. The will to “revitalise” the Common Security and Defence Policy (CSDP) created new momentum on a range of stagnating dossiers. Faced with a window of opportunity, bilateral and European constraints persist nonetheless. Dr. Nicole Koenig and Marie Walter-Franke offer an assessment of the Franco-German potential for CSDP. more

Dealing with the downside risks of trade

Dealing with the downside risks of trade

The G20 meeting in Hamburg concluded not only with an endorsement of free trade, but also with the resolution to share best practices of how to deal with trade adjustment costs. If there was a silver bullet, we would have already found it. Instead, there are only country-specific solutions. But what are those policies that can help mitigate the adverse effects of trade? This blog post reviews recent contributions to this question. more

The missing reflection paper on asylum policy

The missing reflection paper on asylum policy

Under pressure after the shock of Brexit, the EU is seeking to reinvent itself. In March 2017, the Commission published a White paper outlining five scenarios for the future of the EU. Five reflection papers on individual policy areas followed. None was published on asylum and migration, although it figured prominently in the White paper. This blog post fleshes out what the five scenarios of (dis)integration could mean for the future of asylum policy in Europe. more

Interactive charts: Government spending in the euro area

Interactive charts: Government spending in the euro area

Government spending reflects a country's policy priorities. What does it say about the euro area? Which countries spend the most? To what extent do countries differ in their spending priorities? Has there been any convergence since the inception of the EU’s monetary union? more

Are the spending priorities of euro-area countries converging?

Are the spending priorities of euro-area countries converging?

Government spending accounts for between 30 and 60% of GDP in the euro area. Do countries differ in their spending priorities? Has there been any convergence since the inception of the EU’s monetary union? This Policy Paper by Jörg Haas and Robin Huguenot-Noël analyses public spending trends in seven charts. more

What does the White Paper mean for the EU budget?

What does the White Paper mean for the EU budget?

In its recent White Paper, the European Commission describes scenarios for the future of European integration and imagines what the EU could look like by 2025. As a contribution to the ongoing debate, this paper outlines what the different scenarios might mean for the EU budget. more

Seizing the moment for euro area reform

Seizing the moment for euro area reform

The election of Emmanuel Macron as French President gave renewed hope to proponents of the European integration project after the blow of Brexit. There is now a momentum that Berlin and Paris could agree on the view that the euro is incomplete and cannot last without major reforms. We set out proposals for a staged but lasting and workable reform. more

France and Germany: Spearheading CSDP?

After the Brexit vote, France and Germany put their weight behind a European Security and Defence Union. The will to “revitalise” the Common Security and Defence Policy (CSDP) created new momentum on a range of stagnating dossiers. Faced with a window of opportunity, bilateral and European constraints persist nonetheless. Dr. Nicole Koenig and Marie Walter-Franke offer an assessment of the Franco-German potential for CSDP. more

Dealing with the downside risks of trade

The G20 meeting in Hamburg concluded not only with an endorsement of free trade, but also with the resolution to share best practices of how to deal with trade adjustment costs. If there was a silver bullet, we would have already found it. Instead, there are only country-specific solutions. But what are those policies that can help mitigate the adverse effects of trade? This blog post reviews recent contributions to this question. more

The missing reflection paper on asylum policy

Under pressure after the shock of Brexit, the EU is seeking to reinvent itself. In March 2017, the Commission published a White paper outlining five scenarios for the future of the EU. Five reflection papers on individual policy areas followed. None was published on asylum and migration, although it figured prominently in the White paper. This blog post fleshes out what the five scenarios of (dis)integration could mean for the future of asylum policy in Europe. more

France and Germany: Shifting gears on European defence?

Germany and France want to become the motor of a European defence union and implement the defence fund in a smart way”, said German Defence Minister von der Leyen in an interview on 10 June 2017. Specific initiatives could be announced at the Franco-German Ministerial Council on 13 July 2017. This is the last high-level bilateral meeting ahead of the German general election. What can be expected in the area of defence? more