Jacques Delors Institute – European Think Tank in Berlin

How populist disinformation informs the debate on migration

How populist disinformation informs the debate on migration

Despite contrary expectations, the European elections were not marked by an abundance of targeted disinformation, as was the case with the previous US elections and the Brexit referendum. In this policy paper, Paul-Jasper Dittrich and Lucas Rasche argue that we should analyse disinformation beyond the focus on political elections. Using the discussion on the Global Compact for Migration as an example, they show how right-wing populist disinformation seeks to influence the course of politics by gaining the prerogative of interpretation in a “competition of narratives”. more

Franco-German briefing series: Europe’s new beginnings

Franco-German briefing series: Europe’s new beginnings

Europe’s new beginnings are marked by intertwined internal and external challenges as well as great deal of hope and high expectations among Europeans, who wish to see their way and standard of living protected. These challenges should be met with relevant ideas and concrete policy steps. This is why we at the Jacques Delors Institutes in Paris and Berlin have decided to publish “New Beginnings” – a briefing series that shows concrete paths forward in the policy fields we know best. more

International Role of the Euro

International Role of the Euro

A greater international role for the euro is a key strategic element in safeguarding European economic sovereignty. However, achieving and then maintaining that role will be no easy feat. In this paper, Kris Best identifies the major roadblocks in the debate and discusses the challenges that a stronger international role for the euro would pose for the euro area. more

Why we need a Commission DG Defence

Why we need a Commission DG Defence

Do we need a ‘DG Defence’ in the next European Commission? This policy brief by Nicole Koenig makes a case for the establishment of a ‘DG Defence Industry and Space’. It shows how it could look like, where it raises concerns and how these could be addressed. more

The EU needs an alliance for sea rescues

The EU needs an alliance for sea rescues

On Monday 23.07. the interior and foreign ministers from 8 EU member states agreed to install a "stable mechanism" for migrants rescued in the Mediterranean Sea. Lucas Rasche writes why some member states should take the lead in relocating asylum seekers and what the "Alliance of the Willing", called for by German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas, could look like. more

Rules enforcement in the EU: conditionality to the rescue?

Rules enforcement in the EU: conditionality to the rescue?

Budget conditionality has become a key issue in the ongoing debate on the next multiannual financial framework. Some regard it as the EU's silver bullet against member states that refuse to implement EU values, rules and decisions. Others fear excessive interference in national competences. In this policy paper, Jörg Haas and Pola Schneemelcher examine what conditionality means in the EU context and whether it really improves the enforceability of EU rules and values. more

Mainstreaming innovation funding in the EU budget

Mainstreaming innovation funding in the EU budget

This study provides a comprehensive assessment of how the EU budget supports innovation in the current programming period and analyses the approach to innovation financing in the Commission´s MFF 2021-2027 proposals. The findings provide the basis on which to draw recommendations to maximize the use of EU innovation funding in the coming MFF. more

How populist disinformation informs the debate on migration

Despite contrary expectations, the European elections were not marked by an abundance of targeted disinformation, as was the case with the previous US elections and the Brexit referendum. In this policy paper, Paul-Jasper Dittrich and Lucas Rasche argue that we should analyse disinformation beyond the focus on political elections. Using the discussion on the Global Compact for Migration as an example, they show how right-wing populist disinformation seeks to influence the course of politics by gaining the prerogative of interpretation in a “competition of narratives”. more

New Beginnings: Energy

Ursula von der Leyen has chosen to make the ‘European Green Deal’ her number one priority. This crosscutting issue should federate all the services of the European Commission, and start by accelerating the transition to a clean energy future. To do so, von der Leyen needs to build a broad coalition of EU governments, Members of Parliament and citizens. We therefore argue that the European Commission should structure the ‘European Green Deal’ around three complementary policy priorities: climate ambition to set the direction, innovation-based competitiveness to help EU companies develop the clean energy solutions for Europe and the world, and social justice to ensure an inclusive transition that improves the living conditions of all Europeans. more

New Beginnings: Eurozone Reform

The new Commission should shift gears. Rather than spending ever more political capital on ever smaller technical reform steps, it should focus on fostering a political consensus on the future direction of Eurozone reform. In parallel, it should ensure that the Eurozone is prepared for the next crisis, which might just be around the corner. This means first to bring the current reform package including a mini-Eurozone budget over the finish line; second to make Banking Union work properly; and third to prepare a playbook for a joint fiscal response in a future recession. more

New Beginnings: Trade

While the geopolitical dimension of trade policy is growing in importance and multilateralism is threatened, consensus in public opinion for global trade has shrunk and value chains are shortening. In this changing context of globalisation and with the surge in support for the Greens in the new European Parliament, the new Commission, which holds an exclusive competence in trade policy, must make it more ecological and inclusive, also reinforcing the compliance of imports with European standards. This shift in EU trade policy requires a whole set of greening and social measures as well as key initiatives to strengthen multilateralism. more

New Beginnings: EU foreign and security policy

EU institutions and member states should join forces to address the capabilities-expectations gap which is widening in light of internal and external contestation. This implies, first, starting with the right institutional set-up, notably a European Security Council providing strategic direction and a Commission DG Defence driving industrial consolidation in the defence sector. Second, the EU should raise the European Defence Union to the next level by addressing divergent arms export policies, strengthening its operational arm and deepening cooperation with NATO. Third, the EU should revitalise foreign policy by taking gradual steps towards qualified majority voting, making the Council’s work more efficient, and developing a longer-term vision. more