Publications in: EU-institutions and Governance

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

The missing reflection paper on asylum policy

Under pressure after the shock of Brexit, the EU is seeking to reinvent itself. In March 2017, the Commission published a White paper outlining five scenarios for the future of the EU. Five reflection papers on individual policy areas followed. None was published on asylum and migration, although it figured prominently in the White paper. This blog post fleshes out what the five scenarios of (dis)integration could mean for the future of asylum policy in Europe. more

New watchdog over Europe’s policemen

A new “Joint Parliamentary Scrutiny Group” for Europol (JPSG) will meet for the first time in autumn 2017. This Policy Paper by Valentin Kreilinger examines the political difficulties to move forward with enhancing the parliamentary scrutiny over Europol, evaluates the agreement that was found in April 2017 and presents concrete proposals in order to make the JPSG work efficiently. 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. more