Publications

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

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

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

Blog Posts

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

Understanding the Brexit Bill

The “Brexit divorce bill” refers to payments the United Kingdom has to make to the EU to honour its financial commitments made during its membership. Given different viewpoints on its scope and size and on the legal and political arguments around it, Eulalia Rubio explains what's in the "bill" and the EU position on it. The good news: Despite these disagreements, there is space for constructive win-win discussions. more

Germany: Four questions to “Jamaika”

Europe is in motion. In Brussels and Paris, the EU appears to have engaged in an intense debate on how to revive itself. Only the German political landscape remained silent. But now, all eyes are on Berlin, where pre-coalition talks have taken off between the CDU/CSU, the Greens and the FDP. The authors of this blogpost argue that the "Jamaika" parties should now send convincing answers on four key European questions. more