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The European Politics and Institutions programme covers the EU’s institutional architecture, governance and policymaking to ensure that it can move forward and respond to the challenges of the 21st century democratically and effectively. It also monitors and analyses political developments at the EU level and in the member states, discussing the key questions of how to involve European citizens in the discussions over the Union’s future and how to win their support for European integration. The programme has a special focus on enlargement policy towards the Western Balkans, questions of EU institutional reform and illiberal trends in European democracies.

Publications

Structural reforms / DISCUSSION PAPER
The European Union makes a new push for democracy
By Andrew Duff - 28/11/2019
EU enlargement / COMMENTARY
Letter to Macron: Details matter for enlargement reform
By Corina Stratulat , Milena Lazarevic - 20/11/2019
Brexit / COMMENTARY
The worst is yet to come
By Fabian Zuleeg - 31/10/2019
Brexit / DISCUSSION PAPER
Brexit: How was it for you?
By Andrew Duff - 17/09/2019

Contributions

Democracy / PUBLICATION
Six Ideas for Rejuvenating European Democracy
Corina Stratulat co-authored a paper entitled, "Six Ideas for Rejuvenating European Democracy"

13 November 2019 - ,
Carnegie Europe
Future of Europe / PANEL DISCUSSION
Challenges to Democracy in the European Elections

Challenges to Democracy in the European Elections
24 June 2019 - European Parliament, Strasbourg, France
Model European Union, Strasbourg
Citizen participation / PUBLICATION
European View, Volume 18

10 June 2019 - Brussels, Belgique/Belgie
Wilfried Martens Centre


European Commission / PODCAST

#5 - EU leaders agree on top jobs, but will it stick?

After a marathon Council meeting, EU leaders finally settled on a new leadership team for the bloc, picking German defence minister Ursula von der Leyen as Commission president, Belgian Prime Minister Charles Michel as president of the Council, IMF’s Christine Lagarde as president of the ECB, and Spanish Foreign Minister Josep Borrell as the new High Representative for foreign affairs and security policy.

In this episode, EPC Director of Studies Janis A. Emmanouilidis lifts the curtain on what was going on behind closed doors at the summit and explains how von der Leyen became the Commission president candidate everyone could get behind (sort of). He also covers what this means for the Spitzenkandidaten process, lessons learnt (introduce transnational lists, pick your Spitzenkandidat carefully, and Parliament, take the initiative!), and what will happen next.


With Janis Emmanouilidis

                             

European elections / PODCAST

#4 - Post-election analysis

Analysts Janis A. Emmanouilidis, Corina Stratulat and Fabian Zuleeg shared their views on the results of the European Parliament elections at an EPC post-election briefing.

Their in-depth analysis covered, among other things, the implications of the splintering of the European vote, the emergence of a new political alignment that goes beyond the traditional left-right paradigm, the different scenarios for a new coalition agreement in the Parliament, the race for the EU top jobs and what the election results in the UK mean for Brexit.


With Fabian Zuleeg , Corina Stratulat , Janis A. Emmanouilidis

                             

Populism / PODCAST

#3 - A look ahead at 2019: Can the centre hold?

In our last podcast of 2018, Director of Studies Janis A. Emmanouilidis and Junior Policy Analyst Paul Butcher take stock of where the EU stands after the December summit but also look ahead at what’s in store for Europe in 2019.

Next year promises to be another turbulent year, as a divided and polarised EU will head to the polls in May. The stakes are high. Many analysts predict – or fear is the better word – that Eurosceptic, anti-globalist parties will take over the European Parliament and blow up the Union’s traditional consensus-building politics. Emmanouilidis and Butcher talk about what the growing polarisation means for the upcoming political transition and address the threat of disinformation and fake news ahead of the elections.


With Paul Butcher , Janis A. Emmanouilidis

                             

Brexit / PODCAST

#2 - Brexit: The last 5%

Ahead of the European Policy Centre's conference 'A new blueprint for the EU after 2019', Anand Menon, Director of The UK in a Changing Europe, and Fabian Zuleeg, EPC's chief executive, sat down to discuss the latest in the Brexit negotiations.

The deal between the UK and the EU is 95% done, but the last 5% turns out to be the most difficult. Menon and Zuleeg talked about the Northern-Irish backstop, the extension to the transition period, the probability of a no-deal scenario and whether or not Brexit is still reversible.


With Fabian Zuleeg , Anand Menon

                             

team

Director of Studies
Expertise:
Institutional reform, poly-crisis, EU foreign policy, differentiated integration, enlargement, reform of economic governance
Head of European Politics and Institutions Programme and Senior Policy Analyst
Expertise:
EU integration and enlargement, party politics and CEE politics and democracy
Policy Analyst
Expertise:

      Citizen participation, disinformation, democracy,
EU reform, Western Balkans, EU enlargement


Junior Policy Analyst
Expertise:
EU Governance, Brexit, Germany, Franco-German relations, European elections, Future of Europe
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