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

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

EMU: Holding the Supervisor to Account

The Single Supervisory Mechanism (SSM), which gave the European Central Bank (ECB) responsibilities for banking supervision in the euro area, is now 5 years old. The European Parliament is the main political actor with powers to publicly hold the ECB accountable in the SSM. But how does the relationship fare? more

Policy Brief

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

PESCO and the EI2: similar aims, different paths

France and Germany stand at the centre of two recent European defence cooperation initiatives: PESCO and the EI2. This policy brief compares two of the new European defence cooperation initiatives: the Treaty-based permanent structured cooperation (PESCO) and the French-driven European Intervention Initiative (EI2). How do they differ and how could they be linked? more

Growth starlets: Wages & productivity of EU trading powers

Under which conditions do European economies achieve solid and balanced wage and productivity growth? In this blog post we analyse two economic models in the EU exemplified by four countries that appear to realise solid wage and productivity growth and compete successfully in global markets. We distill their comparative advantage and point to future challenges such as skills shortages, transformation to a knowledge-based economy and social disparities. more

Franco-German Cooperation in Artificial Intelligence

In 2018 France and Germany published national strategies on the development and governance of artificial intelligence (AI). While the two countries have committed to working together more closely on AI, concrete policy proposals for cooperation are largely missing from their strategic documents. In this Policy Brief, Paul-Jasper Dittrich reviews both strategies to find policy areas where cooperation between France and Germany would be mutually beneficial and serve the AI strategic goals of both. more

The EU and NATO: A Partnership with a Glass Ceiling

The EUGS aims at deepening the strategic partnership between the EU and NATO. Security challenges and increasingly hybrid threats emanating from Europe’s neighbourhood underlined the need for a mutually reinforcing and complementary EU–NATO cooperation. The EUGS triggered more systematic cooperation based on seven joint priority areas. The organizations found new and creative ways to circumvent longstanding political blockades. However, these blockades still put a glass ceiling over implementation while transatlantic tensions curtail the strategic nature of this partnership. 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