Publications by Dr. Nicole Koenig

Better Together? Franco-German Cooperation in the Sahel

The Sahel has become a hub for European security, migration and development-related activities. One of the political drivers has been the increasing Franco-German convergence around the aims of stabilisation and combating the root causes of migration. This blog post traces the trajectory of this strategic convergence and assesses its effective implications. While France, Germany and a core group of EU member states have gradually strengthened the implementation of the comprehensive approach, this blog post also underlines potential pitfalls and the need for systematic vertical and horizontal EU coordination.  more

“We lack Alternatives to Article 7”

In 2016, the European Commission activated the rule of law framework in the dispute with Warsaw. In the case of Hungary, the European Parliament initiated a procedure under Article 7. What is the difference between the Hungarian and the Polish case? What are the instruments at hand for the EU to restore the rule of law in its member states? Nicole Koenig, deputy director at the Jacques Delors Institute Berlin speaks about possible sanctions through a the rule of law framework and necessary alternatives to Article 7 in an interview with EurActiv. more

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

Brexit: Potential scenarios amid turbulent waters

At the turn of the summer of 2018, we are in turbulent Brexit waters. The only clear fact is that the United Kingdom (UK) intends to exit the EU on 29 March 2019—two years after the British government triggered Article 50 of the TEU. Beyond the effective withdrawal from the EU, a transition period agreed between the two parties should allow the status quo to prevail until December 2020 except that the UK will have no more participation nor say in EU institutions and agencies. The transition period will provide for a much needed delay to negotiate the details of the new post-Brexit relations. Elvire Fabry and Nicole Koenig discuss potential scenarios for EU-UK trade relations and defence cooperation.  more