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The CDU votes – what are the consequences for Europe?

What are the consequences of the new CDU presidency for Europe in general and in particular for the currency union? Lucas Guttenberg, deputy director of the Jacques Delors Institute Berlin explains in the run-up to the elections: "When Merz says that Greece should have left the euro in 2015, he calls into question the euro’s character as an irreversible currency union. If that is really his position, then people should start worrying. Merkel always resisted all attempts to drive Greece out of the euro – even from her own finance minister – because she understood that you cannot run a currency union like a fixed exchange-rate regime. Kramp-Karrenbauer seems to be on the same line. Much like his mentor Schäuble, Merz breaks with the position of the chancellor and puts euro exit as a policy instrument back on the table. If Merz wins and Merkel stays on as chancellor and then a question like Greece arises – who calls the shots and who will the party follow?” more

Horizon 2020: “ The EU has established a formidable global brand”

Philipp Ständer, policy fellow at the Jacques Delors Intitute Berlin, told University World News in an interview that the debate on Horizon Europe seems to be highly influenced by the Brexit, as it focuses more on the future involvement of the United Kingdom as an associated country than on third countries which account for a … more

“This comes at the worst possible moment.”

German Chancellor Angela Merkel announced that she will not seek re-election as chairwoman of the CDU and will not run for another term as chancellor. What consequences result from the political change in Germany for the European Union? Lucas Guttenberg, deputy director of the Jacques Delors Institute Berlin says that this comes at the worst possible moment with regard to the European Council in December.  He expects Germany to maintain its pro-EU consensus and its line regarding Britain’s new place outside the bloc and Rome’s bid to tear up spending rules, but does not see a fresh impetus in Germany’s European policy: “Germany will not be able to commit to anything new.” more

“We lack Alternatives to Article 7”

In 2016, the European Commission activated the rule of law framework in the dispute with Warsaw. In the case of Hungary, the European Parliament initiated a procedure under Article 7. What is the difference between the Hungarian and the Polish case? What are the instruments at hand for the EU to restore the rule of law in its member states? Nicole Koenig, deputy director at the Jacques Delors Institute Berlin speaks about possible sanctions through a the rule of law framework and necessary alternatives to Article 7 in an interview with EurActiv. more

Boosting growth and productivity through more integration?

During the conference „Making Europe’s Economic Union work“ at the Hertie School of Governance in Berlin mid september, ECB president Mario Draghi stressed that „only a big step toward further integration could boost growth and productivity, easing the economic malaise that has some people questioning the European project“, as Reuters reports. The conference was organised in cooperation with the Jacques Delors Institutes in Berlin and in Paris and the Bertelsmann Stiftung. more