Publications

The Jacques Delors Institut – Berlin publishes policy papers (short research papers including evaluations and analyses, max. 10 pages), reports (longer position papers with a stronger analytical focus and policy recommendations) and blog posts. In addition, the institute will also post links to the publications by Notre Europe – Institut Jacques Delors in Paris.

Policy Papers

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

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

Minimum standards for parliamentary participation

The European Semester is the framework for the monitoring and coordination of the economic and fiscal policies of EU member states. This Policy Paper by Valentin Kreilinger proposes minimum standards for the participation of national parliaments in the European Semester and the creation of an interparliamentary working group in order to increase national ownership and democratic control. more

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

Policy Brief

EP 2014-19 Key Votes: Copyright

On 26 March 2019, the European Parliament voted to adopt the Directive on Copyright in the Digital Single Market. This policy brief analyses different cleavages within most European political groups and between the MEPs from different countries revealed by the vote. By contrasting the voting patterns of French and German MEPs, the brief explores possible reasons for these cleavages. more

EP 2014-19 Key Votes: Recognizing Guaidó

On 31 January 2019, the European Parliament voted to recognise Juan Guaidó as interim President of Venezuela. This policy brief shows how the vote divided Europe's centre left and the political extremes. Still, the solid majority contrasted with the Council's failure to reach a common position. The ‚Key Votes‘ series dissects some of the most salient European Parliament votes in 2014-19. 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

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

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

Policy Position

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

Aachen Treaty: a second look

On 22 January, exactly 56 years after the signing of the Élysée Treaty, Angela Merkel and Emmanuel Macron signed the Treaty of Aachen. It is heavy on symbols and lighter on concrete ways forward. This policy position picks three key issues (security policy, Artificial Intelligence and the link to parliaments) and shows what pragmatic and concrete next steps could look like. more

Breaking the deadlock on EU asylum reform?

The reform of the Common European Asylum System (CEAS) remains difficult. Recent initiatives by the Commission and a joint position paper from Germany and France sought to provide a new impetus to the negotiations. In this Policy Position, Lucas Rasche argues that there is nevertheless little hope these initiatives can lead to a breakthrough ahead of the European Parliament elections on 23-26. May 2019. more

EP19: The Shadow of Disinformation

Computational propaganda and online election interference pose a threat to the conduct of free and fair elections and to the legitimacy of the democratic process itself. Since the last EP elections in 2014 a string of votes worldwide were marked by disinformation campaigns, manipulation of social media algorithms and other attempts of online interference. Against this background it is of little surprise that the European Commission and national governments are increasingly worried about the safety, integrity and legitimacy of the EP elections of May. more