Jacques Delors Institute – European Think Tank in Berlin

EP19: The Shadow of Disinformation

EP19: The Shadow of Disinformation

Computational propaganda and online election interference pose a threat to the conduct of free and fair elections and to the legitimacy of the democratic process itself. Since the last EP elections in 2014 a string of votes worldwide were marked by disinformation campaigns, manipulation of social media algorithms and other attempts of online interference. Against this background it is of little surprise that the European Commission and national governments are increasingly worried about the safety, integrity and legitimacy of the European Parliament elections of May 2019 (EP19). more

The next European Parliament

The next European Parliament

The European Parliament (EP) elected on 26 May 2019 will not likely resemble the current one. These elections will occur in a context of internal tensions within the European Union, turbulence on the international stage, migration-related and social challenges, spreading fears, identitarian flare-ups, and populism. All these phenomena could lend a significantly more European, and less national tone to the campaign than usual. more

The debate on EU-digital taxation

The debate on EU-digital taxation

The so-called ‘Google tax’ is currently the focus of a heated debate. Proponents claim that large digital companies make use of the users’ data, but do not contribute to the public welfare when they shift their profits to tax havens. Opponents fear competitive disadvantages and barriers to research and innovation. While the matter is technical, the debate becomes very political. This blogpost examines why digital taxation is a problem after all and why the European Commission’s proposal for a solution does not fit the bill. more

A European Safe Asset? Perceptions from France and Germany

A European Safe Asset? Perceptions from France and Germany

A common European safe asset is a highly contentious proposal in the Euro area reform agenda. While some policymakers see it as a promising tool, others consider it a threat to the financial stability it aims to improve. In this paper, Kris Best explains the policy rationale of a European safe asset and analyses how the debate is viewed differently in France and Germany based on interviews with economic policymakers in each country. more

Better Together? Franco-German Cooperation in the Sahel

Better Together? Franco-German Cooperation in the Sahel

The Sahel has become a hub for European security, migration and development-related activities. One of the political drivers has been the increasing Franco-German convergence around the aims of stabilisation and combating the root causes of migration. This blog post traces the trajectory of this strategic convergence and assesses its effective implications. While France, Germany and a core group of EU member states have gradually strengthened the implementation of the comprehensive approach, this blog post also underlines potential pitfalls and the need for systematic vertical and horizontal EU coordination.  more

Moving forward on the tightrope of EU asylum reform

Moving forward on the tightrope of EU asylum reform

As EU heads of states gather in Brussels, migration is once more on top of the agenda. Only four months after they agreed on yet another compromise to manage the arrival and processing of asylum seekers, these latest proposals have already hit a dead end. Instead of walking into the next trap of short-lived solutions and symbolic displays of unity, EU leaders should this time focus on two longer-term approaches that represent ways out of the current political deadlock.  more

A Guide to Brexit and Data Flows

A Guide to Brexit and Data Flows

Post-Brexit relations regarding data transfers and data protection are going to exercise one of the biggest economic impacts on the UK and the EU27 over the longer term. In this policy paper, Paul-Jasper Dittrich provides an overview of the role of data and data exchanges in modern economies, and how Brexit endangers this exchange, and describes different scenarios for the transfer of personal data post-Brexit. more

InvestEU Fund: A Rebranded Juncker Fund?

InvestEU Fund: A Rebranded Juncker Fund?

Almost four years ago, EU leaders endorsed the idea of the then recently appointed president of the Commission Jean-Claude Juncker to launch an “Investment Plan for Europe.” Main element of this plan was the creation of a new type of instrument, the “European Fund for Strategic Investments” (EFSI), popularly known as the “Juncker Fund.” In June 2018, the Commission released its proposal of an “InvestEU Fund”, which will replace the EFSI after 2020. Is the „InvestEU“ just a rebranding of the „Juncker Fund“ or are we facing a new and different instrument? more

EP19: The Shadow of Disinformation

Computational propaganda and online election interference pose a threat to the conduct of free and fair elections and to the legitimacy of the democratic process itself. Since the last EP elections in 2014 a string of votes worldwide were marked by disinformation campaigns, manipulation of social media algorithms and other attempts of online interference. Against this background it is of little surprise that the European Commission and national governments are increasingly worried about the safety, integrity and legitimacy of the European Parliament elections of May 2019 (EP19). more

The next European Parliament

The European Parliament (EP) elected on 26 May 2019 will not likely resemble the current one. These elections will occur in a context of internal tensions within the European Union, turbulence on the international stage, migration-related and social challenges, spreading fears, identitarian flare-ups, and populism. All these phenomena could lend a significantly more European, and less national tone to the campaign than usual. more

The debate on EU-digital taxation

The so-called ‘Google tax’ is currently the focus of a heated debate. Proponents claim that large digital companies make use of the users’ data, but do not contribute to the public welfare when they shift their profits to tax havens. Opponents fear competitive disadvantages and barriers to research and innovation. While the matter is technical, the debate becomes very political. This blogpost examines why digital taxation is a problem after all and why the European Commission’s proposal for a solution does not fit the bill. more

A European Safe Asset? Perceptions from France and Germany

A common European safe asset is a highly contentious proposal in the Euro area reform agenda. While some policymakers see it as a promising tool, others consider it a threat to the financial stability it aims to improve. In this paper, Kris Best explains the policy rationale of a European safe asset and analyses how the debate is viewed differently in France and Germany based on interviews with economic policymakers in each country. more

Better Together? Franco-German Cooperation in the Sahel

The Sahel has become a hub for European security, migration and development-related activities. One of the political drivers has been the increasing Franco-German convergence around the aims of stabilisation and combating the root causes of migration. This blog post traces the trajectory of this strategic convergence and assesses its effective implications. While France, Germany and a core group of EU member states have gradually strengthened the implementation of the comprehensive approach, this blog post also underlines potential pitfalls and the need for systematic vertical and horizontal EU coordination.  more