Publications by Dr. Nicole Koenig

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

Merkel on EU reform: a decryption

For eight months, the EU had waited for a German response to President Macron’s ideas on EU reform. On 3 June 2018, Chancellor Merkel outlined her own proposals in an interview with the Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung. While lacking an overarching vision, she provided some concrete proposals on what she saw as priority policy areas: Eurozone, asylum and border management, as well as foreign and security policy. Here’s what she said and what it means. more

Four options for EU-UK defence cooperation post-Brexit

One of the issues for phase two of the Brexit negotiations is the future of EU-UK defence cooperation. The UK wants a deep and special security partnership. The EU seems open to developing more ambitious cooperation frameworks. But what could this mean in practice? This blog post assesses four options in light of EU and UK interests. more

A European Defence Union: In the name of the people?

We need a European Security and Defence Union – and it is what our citizens want. This narrative has accompanied recent Franco-German and European efforts to foster closer cooperation on security and defence. But what in fact do French and German citizens actually want? A policy paper by Nicole Koenig addresses this question by analysing recent French and German opinion poll data more