Publications by Dr. Anna auf dem Brinke

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

Five Facts about the new Country-Specific Recommendations

The European Council held a meeting from 22-23 June. One of the items on the agenda is the endorsement of the country-specific recommendations, which the European Commission made in late May. This provides a good moment to review the reform suggestions: What are the reform priorities? Which countries have the longest to-do lists? Are reforms being implemented? more

Brexit 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

Three 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

How to prioritize structural reforms in the euro area

To overcome low growth in Europe the European Commission, the ECB, the IMF and the OECD have all called for more structural reforms. Taken together, the number of reform recommendations rank in the hundreds. Anna auf dem Brinke and Henrik Enderlein explain how to identify reform priorities and show that is it possible to present a comprehensive reform agenda for the euro area on one page. more