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

EU-NATO: Distinguishing Narrative from Substance

At the NATO Summit in Brussels, the EU and NATO have committed to deepen their cooperation. This was an important political signal as it came after revived fears that the EU’s defence cooperation efforts might lead to decoupling, duplication and discrimination.. The policy paper by Nicole Koenig reviews the political tensions around this cooperation and delineates them from progress in terms of substance. more

Online platforms and how to regulate them: an EU overview

The rapid rise of online platforms has characterized the digital transformation of the last decade. In this paper, Paul-Jasper Dittrich provides an overview of existing regulation of online platforms in the Single Market, examines current regulatory challenges for the EU and proposes policy recommendations for the future European debate on platform regulation. more

EU’s multi-level system: Strengthening parliamentary voices

Although citizens’ trust in political institutions and the European Union as a whole has recovered slightly, better parliamentary scrutiny can reduce the perceived democratic deficit of the EU’s multi-level system. This Policy Paper is guided by the principles of building upon current practices and avoiding Treaty change. Valentin Kreilinger suggests five measures how to strengthen parliamentary voices. more

Missions for EU innovation policy: the set-up matters.

The introduction of research and innovation missions in “Horizon Europe” will be one of the most significant changes on previous EU research programmes. In this policy paper Philipp Ständer argues that the proposed missions are a promising tool for EU innovation policy, as long as they get sufficient political support and the underlying governance is right. more

Blog Posts

Security and Defence: A Glass Half Full

Strengthening European security and defence cooperation was one of the central aims of the EU Global Strategy. Reviewing progress two years after its publication, Nicole Koenig argues that the glass is half-full: The pillars of the European Defence Union have been established but the EU should take further steps to link them and fill them with substance. more

Research policy: guide to the negotiations on Horizon Europe

In June the Commission presented its proposal for the multi-billion research programme Horizon Europe. The European Parliament and the Council are now called upon to agree on the legislative package before the forthcoming European elections. This blog post explains the priorities of the Commission proposal and the political questions that will be at the centre of the negotiations. more

Wage-Productivity Gap – Four Tales from the Eurozone

In the euro area wages have been lagging behind productivity growth before and after the crisis. However, the Eurozone average hides vast differences between member states. This blog post compares wage and productivity developments in the four largest economies and examines (1) whether wage and productivity growth decoupled and (2) whether productivity improved at all. more

Migration: EU leaders agree on lowest common denominator

At the European Council meeting on 28.-29. June 2018, EU leaders gathered to discuss a future course on migration. Yet, the Council conclusions are fairly opaque. In this blog post Lucas Rasche argues that in the absence of an overall compromise, EU leaders refurbished existing ideas on external asylum processing and fell short of moving beyond the lowest common denominator of strengthening external borders. more

The European Intervention Initiative: A look behind the scenes

On 25 June 2018, nine European member states signed up to the French-led European Intervention Initiative. The initiative was broadly welcomed as complementary to EU-level defence initiatives, but doubts about its added value as well as the potential for duplication and fragmentation persist. This blog post offers a look behind the scenes and asks: What is the initiative really about? Are concerns about duplication and fragmentation justified? What should and could be the next steps? more