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Current Media Appearances

In search of women

"If the Member States do not send enough women to Brussels, von der Leyen should not shy away from conflict and insist on subsequent nominations", Lucas Guttenberg is quoted in an article by Zeit Online. Von der Leyen is under pressure to act on her promise of a commission with equal representation, after some member states nominated only men as commissioners even against her clear wish. more

The EU needs an alliance for sea rescues

„The weeks-long impasse over the Sea-Watch 3 showed once again that decisions on how to handle migrants rescued in the Mediterranean can no longer be made on a ship-to-ship basis. The obstructive stance adopted by some Member States means that an “Alliance of the Willing” is currently the only way to preserve the EU’s ability to act“, explains Lucas Rasche, Policy Fellow at the Jacques Delors Institute, in an article in the newspaper Der Tagesspiegel. more

Change at the top of the EU

After weeks of thorny bargaining about the EU’s top jobs a surprise candidate emerged for the post of Commission President: Germany’s then defence minister Ursula von der Leyen. On BBC World Service, our deputy director Dr. Nicole Koenig comments on von der Leyen’s qualifications for the job as well as Merkel’s role in the European power play. more

The revolution in the global tax system

Taxation in the market states and a global minimum tax rate – Are these OECD reform proposals a real revolution of the international tax system? Pola Schneemelcher discusses this question comprehensively with Prof. Dr. Johannes Becker and Wolfgang Schmidt, State Secretary in the Federal Ministry of Finance, in the podcast series of the economics magazine Makronom. more

Don’t block, but shape Europe

"Negotiate until it hurts", instead of fundamental opposition to Ursula von der Leyen in revenge for the ignored ‘Spitzenkandidat’ principle. This is what Lucas Guttenberg demands from the European Parliament in a contribution for Zeit Online ahead of the vote on the office of President of the Commission. If the MEPs let von der Leyen fail as President of the Commission, nobody profits. more