EP elections 2019

Policy Papers

Relocation puzzle: Exploring ways out of the solidarity impasse

As the EU’s current legislative cycle is coming to an end, this policy paper analyses the four major proposals put forward to revise the Dublin Regulation. It argues that two points of contention stand in the way of solving the EU’s ‘relocation puzzle’: varying preferences for a permanent or temporary relocation mechanism and contradictory views on the voluntary or mandatory nature of such a mechanism. With no compromise in sight, the paper proposes a Franco-German initiative. more

Rules enforcement in the EU: conditionality to the rescue?

Budget conditionality has become a key issue in the ongoing debate on the next multiannual financial framework. Some regard it as the EU's silver bullet against member states that refuse to implement EU values, rules and decisions. Others fear excessive interference in national competences. In this policy paper, Jörg Haas and Pola Schneemelcher examine what conditionality means in the EU context and whether it really improves the enforceability of EU rules and values. more

Mainstreaming innovation funding in the EU budget

This study provides a comprehensive assessment of how the EU budget supports innovation in the current programming period and analyses the approach to innovation financing in the Commission´s MFF 2021-2027 proposals. The findings provide the basis on which to draw recommendations to maximize the use of EU innovation funding in the coming MFF. more

Users, Data, Networks. Taxing the Digital Economy.

The fair taxation of digital companies has been high on the European policy agenda since last year. One of the central problems of the issue is that the current rules on the taxation of companies in the EU are not taking due account of digital value creation. In this paper, Pola Schneemelcher and Paul-Jasper Dittrich analyse this problem and make a proposal on the taxation of digital value creation in the Single Market. more

Policy Brief

Franco-German jumelage at UN Security Council

The 30th of April marks the end of a Franco-German experiment: the twinning of their presidencies of the United Nations Security Council. In this policy brief we assess this deliverable of the Franco-German Aachen Treaty with a view to its symbolic value and impact on bilateral and EU coordination. more

EP 2014-19: Key Votes: Emergency Relocation Mechanism

On 17 September 2015, the European Parliament voted on the emergency relocation mechanism for asylum seekers arriving in Italy and Greece. This policy brief illustrates the geographic rift among MEPs from different member states and shows how the vote divided political groups on the left and right. These cleavages still undermine negotiations to reform the Common European Asylum System. more

Five reasons why the ESM reform will fail to deliver

In this policy brief, Lucas Guttenberg looks at the planned reform of the European Stability Mechanism (ESM). He argues that while the reform is necessary to finally bring home the backstop for banking union, it clearly falls short of its initial ambition to also substantially improve the Eurozone’s crisis management framework. more

EP 2014-19 Key Votes: Copyright

On 26 March 2019, the European Parliament voted to adopt the Directive on Copyright in the Digital Single Market. This policy brief analyses different cleavages within most European political groups and between the MEPs from different countries revealed by the vote. By contrasting the voting patterns of French and German MEPs, the brief explores possible reasons for these cleavages. more

Policy Position

European Parliament: Time to move on

The European Parliament should commit Ursula von der Leyen to an ambitious agenda and counter the desolate image of the Council with a show of responsibility and foresight. Simply blocking her election as President of the Commission does not help anyone - let alone Europe. more

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