Publications by Dr. Nicole Koenig

Defending EU Values: a Puzzle With Missing Pieces

On 12 September the European Parliament warned of a clear risk of a serious breach of the EU’s common values by Hungary. Which instruments does the EU have to defend its values internally? What are their weaknesses? Can newer proposals provide remedy? more

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

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

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

The political earthquake in Germany

While Chancellor Angela Merkel claims that the situation at the EU’s borders is a “European challenge” and therefore “needs a European solution”, the headwind from within the Union (CDU/CSU), stays equally strong. The Sunday Times quotes Nicole Koenig, researcher at the Jacques Delors Institut – Berlin, commenting on the fraction between the two sister parties currently representing the bigger share in the grand coalition government: “Söder and Seehofer are pushing a kind of ‘Germany first’ policy ahead of the June European Council. That is entirely different from what Merkel is trying to achieve: […] A common European approach and [to] defend multilateralism.” more