Publications in: Institutions and Democracy

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

Minimum standards for parliamentary participation

The European Semester is the framework for the monitoring and coordination of the economic and fiscal policies of EU member states. This Policy Paper by Valentin Kreilinger proposes minimum standards for the participation of national parliaments in the European Semester and the creation of an interparliamentary working group in order to increase national ownership and democratic control. more

Should there be another Brexit-referendum? Pros & Cons

In this paper our guest author Sandra Kröger zooms into the debate around a second referendum on British membership in the EU. It shows pros and cons of such a referendum and then moves on to discuss a central legal issue of a potential second referendum: the referendum question. Concluding, the paper discusses what a second referendum will not achieve and what it might achieve. more

From Meseberg to Sibiu: EU’s Weltpolitikfähigkeit

Juncker said that the EU should become ‚weltpolitikfähig‘. Merkel and Macron backed this call to bolster the EU’s capacity to act on the global stage in their Meseberg Declaration. How aligned are Berlin and Paris really when it comes to implementation and what could a compromise look like? more

Looking ahead to the European Parliament election

In around six months, between 23 and 26 May 2019, 450 million citizens in the European Union will go to the polls to decide on the composition of the European Parliament for the ninth time. Surveys and data already allow for an idea of how the European Parliament will look like after the election. This outlook on the 2019 European Parliament election analyses the composition of the next EU parliament and the upcoming changes in the political power structures based on current estimates. more