The Jacques Delors Institut – Berlin publishes policy papers (short research papers including evaluations and analyses, max. 10 pages), reports (longer position papers with a stronger analytical focus and policy recommendations) and blog posts. In addition, the institute will also post links to the publications by Notre Europe – Institut Jacques Delors in Paris.

Policy Papers

What ambition for the European Labour Authority?

The idea of creating a European Labour Authority (ELA) is often associated with the need to better enforce rules on worker mobility, notably with regard to posted workers. However, the authority should also facilitate mobility, in particular by guaranteeing better access to information for both citizens and businesses. Between these two scenarios, Sofia Fernandes distinguishes four tasks that can be entrusted to a new European Authority. more

The European Parliament in Trade Policy

Trade agreements like ACTA, TTIP, and CETA have been widely debated in the EU. This Policy Paper by Laura Wolfstädter, Sophia Becker and Valentin Kreilinger shows how the European Parliament is able to play a major role in the EU’s Common Commercial Policy. It will also have to approve any possible agreement with the United Kingdom about its future (trade) relationship with the EU after Brexit. more

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?

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

EU Migration Governance

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

Blog Posts

Two years into the EU-Turkey ‘deal’ – taking stock

Two years have passed since the EU and Turkey sealed a ‘deal’ to halt large-scale migration to Europe. As numbers remained low, the public eye turned to other theatres. New developments, however, call for a fresh look at the ‘EU-Turkey deal’. Marie Walter-Franke takes stock of the refugee swapping mechanism and the accompanying aid package. more

Let’s talk about Europe

In 2017, the French President Emmanuel Macron said he wanted to bring the European project closer to the citizens by launching a process of “democratic conventions” across EU member states. The initiative triggered a debate on the implementation of pan-European citizens’ consultations about the future of the EU. This blog post provides a brief overview of the current state of discussion and outlines four challenges specifically related to the implementation. more

Four options for EU-UK defence cooperation post-Brexit

One of the issues for phase two of the Brexit negotiations is the future of EU-UK defence cooperation. The UK wants a deep and special security partnership. The EU seems open to developing more ambitious cooperation frameworks. But what could this mean in practice? This blog post assesses four options in light of EU and UK interests. more

How would a European disruptive innovation agency look like

A European Agency for disruptive innovation

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