Jacques Delors Institute – European Think Tank in Berlin

Why the Eurozone can't agree on convergence

Why the Eurozone can't agree on convergence

It is common sense that the euro area needs more convergence to work as intended. At the same time, we lack a common definition. There are two important types of convergence that can both lead to a better functioning European Economic and Monetary Union: real and cyclical convergence. Anna auf dem Brinke, Henrik Enderlein and Jörg Haas argue that we should focus on cyclical convergence first. more

National parliaments’ 3rd yellow card – an assessment

National parliaments’ 3rd yellow card – an assessment

On 10 May 2016 national parliaments, mainly from Central and Eastern European countries, managed to trigger a “yellow card” that forces the European Commission to reconsider its proposal to revise the Posted Workers Directive. In a preliminary assessment, Valentin Kreilinger answers eight questions on proposal, procedure and precedents. more

Proposals for higher Factor Mobility in the Single Market

Proposals for higher Factor Mobility in the Single Market

The EU needs higher productivity growth. Higher factor mobility, especially of labour, but also of capital or knowledge and technology, would benefit European citizens as it enhances the efficient allocation of resources and thus boosts productivity and welfare in the Single Market. In this paper, Paul-Jasper Dittrich outlines proposals for a genuine European labour market and product market reforms in the digital sector. more

Nord Stream 2: Opportunities and Dilemmas

Nord Stream 2: Opportunities and Dilemmas

In September 2015, the Russian monopoly Gazprom signed a shareholder agreement with five European energy companies to build two pipelines shipping gas from Russia directly to Germany through the Baltic Sea. Today, the pipeline project Nord Stream 2 represents the most politically contentious energy infrastructure project in the EU. Jekaterina Grigorjeva (Jacques Delors Institut-Berlin) and Marco Siddi (The Finnish Institute of International Affairs) analyse opportunities and dilemmas of the envisaged supply route for the EU. more

Taking ENP beyond the conception-performance gap

Taking ENP beyond the conception-performance gap

The European Neighbourhood Policy (ENP) has suffered from a gap between its initial conception and its effective performance. The 2015 ENP review narrows the gap by lowering the ENP’s ambition and re-shaping its guiding principles. The policy paper by Nicole Koenig identifies potential implementation pitfalls and presents recommendations for a more flexible, political and strategic ENP. more

Why the Eurozone can’t agree on convergence

20160524_Konvergenz BKAmt Haas Brinke Enderlein

It is common sense that the euro area needs more convergence to work as intended. At the same time, we lack a common definition. There are two important types of convergence that can both lead to a better functioning European Economic and Monetary Union: real and cyclical convergence. Anna auf dem Brinke, Henrik Enderlein and Jörg Haas argue that we should focus on cyclical convergence first. mehr more

National parliaments’ 3rd yellow card – an assessment

20160512_3rd yellow card Kreilinger

On 10 May 2016 national parliaments, mainly from Central and Eastern European countries, managed to trigger a “yellow card” that forces the European Commission to reconsider its proposal to revise the Posted Workers Directive. In a preliminary assessment, Valentin Kreilinger answers eight questions on proposal, procedure and precedents. mehr more

Proposals for higher Factor Mobility in the Single Market

3D illustration of a woman jumping high over a high tech futuristic background

The EU needs higher productivity growth. Higher factor mobility, especially of labour, but also of capital or knowledge and technology, would benefit European citizens as it enhances the efficient allocation of resources and thus boosts productivity and welfare in the Single Market. In this paper, Paul-Jasper Dittrich outlines proposals for a genuine European labour market and product market reforms in the digital sector. mehr more

Nord Stream 2: Opportunities and Dilemmas

20160510_Energy North Stream Kate

In September 2015, the Russian monopoly Gazprom signed a shareholder agreement with five European energy companies to build two pipelines shipping gas from Russia directly to Germany through the Baltic Sea. Today, the pipeline project Nord Stream 2 represents the most politically contentious energy infrastructure project in the EU. Jekaterina Grigorjeva (Jacques Delors Institut-Berlin) and Marco Siddi (The Finnish Institute of International Affairs) analyse opportunities and dilemmas of the envisaged supply route for the EU. mehr more

Why rescuing Schengen makes economic sense

20160322_Anna Cost non-Schengen

Schengen means travelling without borders and has been a European success. This policy paper by Anna auf dem Brinke shows how the end of Schengen would undermine the euro area, the single market, and the European integration process. It explains who should save Schengen and why. mehr more