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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

European defence: Who sits at the table, what’s on the menu?

The military capacity of European states is plagued by 20 years of under-investment, fragmentation and national short-sightedness. While previous attempts at launching Permanent Structured Cooperation (PESCO) in defence failed, a deal is now within reach. Europeans should strike the balance between inclusiveness and ambition, which will set the table for the next decade of European defence cooperation.  more

External EU Hotspots: The cat keeps coming back

The idea to set up EU hotspots in North Africa keeps coming up as European leaders seek enhanced control of mixed migration in the Mediterranean. Like the cat in Harry Miller’s comical song, external processing of asylum claims just won’t stay away. How realistic is it for the EU to establish external hotspots? This blog post outlines political, legal and practical issues related to the hotspots idea. more

How much does Europe spend on comprehensive security?

In international security affairs, the EU presents itself as a comprehensive power with the unique ability to combine diplomacy, development aid and defence (the three Ds). This policy paper reviews the claim in light of recent expenditure data and asks whether and how Europeans could do better. more