Publications in: Institutions and Democracy

New Beginnings: Democracy

The principles of liberal democracy and the rule of law are the legal and political foundations of the EU. For several years, liberal democracy has been called into question under pressure from populist and extremist political forces. Even if simple solutions do not exist, it is essential to develop a strategy to combat these developments. First, the Court of Justice has a central role to play in protecting fundamental European values and the rule of law. Second, it is essential to strengthen control over the use of community funds and to strengthen the EU's role in the fight against corruption which is an aspect of the current democratic regression. Third, a political strategy is necessary: the first step is to recognize the urgency of the problem. more

Why we need a Commission DG Defence

Do we need a ‘DG Defence’ in the next European Commission? This policy brief by Nicole Koenig makes a case for the establishment of a ‘DG Defence Industry and Space’. It shows how it could look like, where it raises concerns and how these could be addressed. more

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

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