Publications in: Economic and Monetary Union

Brexit will shake up the EU budget – and that’s a good thing

Brexit will reshape the EU’s finances. It forces the EU to choose between spending less and increasing national contributions. Jörg Haas argues that this could lead to conflicts about burden-sharing, but it could also offer a window of opportunity for overhauling the EU budget, a goal that has proven elusive for many years. A pragmatic package deal could include slightly higher member state contributions in return for an overhaul of the EU’s spending priorities. mehr more

New Pact for Europe: German country report

This paper is the second of ten national reports to be published as part of the New Pact for Europe (NPE) project. In the report, the German Reflection Group provides a comprehensive overview of its discussions on the key challenges for the EU, in the fields of migration, economy and security, and on how to address them. Although the group sees the ‘current state of the Union’ as being critical, it is also convinced that the EU can still be a positive sum game for all. mehr more

Rethinking reforms in times of slow growth and populism

Governments are puzzled how to respond to the conflicting demands of reforming the economy and increase growth on the one hand and to cater to disappointed voters who feel left behind on the other hand. This blog post argues that established parties can address these concerns by focussing on reforms that promote equity and efficiency at the same time. mehr 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”. mehr 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. mehr more