Publications in: Institutions and Democracy

EU’s multi-level system: Strengthening parliamentary voices

Although citizens’ trust in political institutions and the European Union as a whole has recovered slightly, better parliamentary scrutiny can reduce the perceived democratic deficit of the EU’s multi-level system. This Policy Paper is guided by the principles of building upon current practices and avoiding Treaty change. Valentin Kreilinger suggests five measures how to strengthen parliamentary voices. more

Follower Power for the European Parliament

In a little more than a year from now Europeans head to the polls to vote for a new EP. There is a danger that the voter turnout will fall once more. Thus the EP should become more active online. In this blog post Paul-Jasper Dittrich sketches out a possible “get-out-the-vote” online campaign of the EP for the upcoming elections that specifically targets young Europeans. more

The EU’s new mix of three methods

Ever since European leaders signed the Rome Declaration one year ago, the debate on the future of Europe has taken up pace. However, the different methods of integration have only received little attention. This blog post reviews how the Community, Union and Consultation methods have shaped the debate on European integration. more

Twelve thoughts on Brexit

We are at half-time in the Article 50 process leading to Brexit. The departure of the UK from the European Union is now exactly 12 months away. This is the right moment to take stock and list a few backward- and forward-looking thoughts. In this Blog Post, Henrik Enderlein opts for straight talk. Here are his twelve key points on Brexit. more

Transition: a Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Brexit Galaxy

Brexit will enter into force on 29 March 2019. Without an agreement on future relations, the UK will revert to accessing the single market under WTO rules. Economic turmoil cannot be ruled out as the British government struggles to clarify its priorities. This Policy paper by Elvire Fabry and Marco de Toffol explores ways in which a transition agreement could avert a "cliff-edge" scenario. more