Publications in: Foreign and Security Policy

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

Two years into the EU-Turkey ‘deal’ – taking stock

Two years have passed since the EU and Turkey sealed a ‘deal’ to halt large-scale migration to Europe. As numbers remained low, the public eye turned to other theatres. New developments, however, call for a fresh look at the ‘EU-Turkey deal’. Marie Walter-Franke takes stock of the refugee swapping mechanism and the accompanying aid package. 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

European defence: Who sits at the table, what’s on the menu?

The military capacity of European states is plagued by 20 years of under-investment, fragmentation and national short-sightedness. While previous attempts at launching Permanent Structured Cooperation (PESCO) in defence failed, a deal is now within reach. Europeans should strike the balance between inclusiveness and ambition, which will set the table for the next decade of European defence cooperation.  more