Jacques Delors Institute – European Think Tank in Berlin

Variable geometry risky for refugees: the Danish case

Variable geometry risky for refugees: the Danish case

Should the Common European Asylum System accommodate various degrees of integration? With member states unable to agree on asylum reforms, flexible integration has become a temping alternative. Drawing lessons from the ongoing downgrading of refugee protection in the opt-out country of Denmark, this blog post warns that differentiated integration is not a good solution for the EU asylum policy. more

Users, Data, Networks. Taxing the Digital Economy.

Users, Data, Networks. Taxing the Digital Economy.

The fair taxation of digital companies has been high on the European policy agenda since last year. One of the central problems of the issue is that the current rules on the taxation of companies in the EU are not taking due account of digital value creation. In this paper, Pola Schneemelcher and Paul-Jasper Dittrich analyse this problem and make a proposal on the taxation of digital value creation in the Single Market. more

A more strategic approach towards CSDP partnerships

A more strategic approach towards CSDP partnerships

The EU seeks to develop a more strategic approach to third-country partnerships in the realm of the Common Security and Defence Policy. This policy brief shows why a more systematic approach is necessary and uses the Brexit negotiations to illustrate its practical meaning and political limitations. more

Proposal: Budgetary instrument for the euro area

Proposal: Budgetary instrument for the euro area

By June, the Eurogroup has to come up with a concrete design for budgetary instrument for the euro area - but so far it is absolutely unclear what it should look like. Our policy paper fills this void and makes a concrete and pragmatic proposal that would make the Eurozone function better. more

Social imbalances: How are you doing, Europe?

Social imbalances: How are you doing, Europe?

Europe’s economy is growing, unemployment is falling but Europeans still state social issues as most important challenge for the EU. In their report on social imbalances Philipp Ständer and Sylvia Schmidt ask: “How are you doing, Europe?”. The study looks at six social challenges of EU-wide relevance and provides a multi-faceted insight on the day-to-day reality of living and working conditions in the EU. more

Should there be another Brexit-referendum? Pros & Cons

Should there be another Brexit-referendum? Pros & Cons

In this paper our guest author Sandra Kröger zooms into the debate around a second referendum on British membership in the EU. It shows pros and cons of such a referendum and then moves on to discuss a central legal issue of a potential second referendum: the referendum question. Concluding, the paper discusses what a second referendum will not achieve and what it might achieve. more

Variable geometry risky for refugees: the Danish case

Should the Common European Asylum System accommodate various degrees of integration? With member states unable to agree on asylum reforms, flexible integration has become a temping alternative. Drawing lessons from the ongoing downgrading of refugee protection in the opt-out country of Denmark, this blog post warns that differentiated integration is not a good solution for the EU asylum policy. more

Users, Data, Networks. Taxing the Digital Economy.

The fair taxation of digital companies has been high on the European policy agenda since last year. One of the central problems of the issue is that the current rules on the taxation of companies in the EU are not taking due account of digital value creation. In this paper, Pola Schneemelcher and Paul-Jasper Dittrich analyse this problem and make a proposal on the taxation of digital value creation in the Single Market. more

A more strategic approach towards CSDP partnerships

The EU seeks to develop a more strategic approach to third-country partnerships in the realm of the Common Security and Defence Policy. This policy brief shows why a more systematic approach is necessary and uses the Brexit negotiations to illustrate its practical meaning and political limitations. more

Four takeaways from Munich

Last week, Nicole Koenig joined world leaders and security experts at the 55th Munich Security Conference. This policy position summarises her four key takeaways on the EU, transatlantic relations, great power competition and emerging challenges. It lists a range of unanswered questions that will have to be monitored in the course of next year. more

Campaign for the European Parliament election

It is already clear that a number of different topics and conflict lines will shape the European elections. This Policy Brief looks at the emerging campaign for the European Parliament election and the political polarization that can be expected. This Policy Brief is the result of a task force chaired by PASCAL LAMY, President emeritus of the Jacques Delors Institute, with CHRISTINE VERGER, Advisor at the Jacques Delors Institute acting as rapporteur. more