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Current Media Appearances

Von der Leyen’s in-tray

The Financial Times takes up some of our „boldest suggestions for how Ms von der Leyen can get off to the best start” of our Franco-German New Beginnings Series in their Brussels Briefing. Nicole Koenig recommends overcoming disunity on EU foreign and security policy with an annual “European Security Council”, while Lucas Guttenberg demands a coherent stance on the reform of the Eurozone from the new commission. more

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