Publications in: Institutions and Democracy

Let’s talk about Europe

In 2017, the French President Emmanuel Macron said he wanted to bring the European project closer to the citizens by launching a process of “democratic conventions” across EU member states. The initiative triggered a debate on the implementation of pan-European citizens’ consultations about the future of the EU. This blog post provides a brief overview of the current state of discussion and outlines four challenges specifically related to the implementation. more

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

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

Ireland on the rocky road to Brexit

The Brexit raises a series of very complex and interconnected questions affecting the relations between the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland. This puts at risk the delicate social, political and emotional balances that characterise the island. This Policy Paper, written by Aziliz Gouez presents the three main concerns structuring the EU common position as regards Ireland and Brexit. more