Publications in: Economic Policy

Research policy: guide to the negotiations on Horizon Europe

In June the Commission presented its proposal for the multi-billion research programme Horizon Europe. The European Parliament and the Council are now called upon to agree on the legislative package before the forthcoming European elections. This blog post explains the priorities of the Commission proposal and the political questions that will be at the centre of the negotiations. more

Wage-Productivity Gap – Four Tales from the Eurozone

In the euro area wages have been lagging behind productivity growth before and after the crisis. However, the Eurozone average hides vast differences between member states. This blog post compares wage and productivity developments in the four largest economies and examines (1) whether wage and productivity growth decoupled and (2) whether productivity improved at all. more

Why Meseberg matters – A short explainer

Henrik Enderlein and Lucas Guttenberg explain the main features of the Franco-German position on euro area reform as agreed in Meseberg. They argue that it is an important step forward because finally the two biggest euro area countries have agreed to jointly ask the right questions for the future of EMU and are signaling readiness to give joint answers to them. more

Online platforms and how to regulate them: an EU overview

The rapid rise of online platforms has characterized the digital transformation of the last decade. In this paper, Paul-Jasper Dittrich provides an overview of existing regulation of online platforms in the Single Market, examines current regulatory challenges for the EU and proposes policy recommendations for the future European debate on platform regulation. 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