European Politics and Institutions

Escaping Europe's Catch 22
30 January 2012
Janis A. Emmanouilidis (Director of Studies) and Fabian Zuleeg (Chief Executive and Chief Economist)

In early 2012 the situation looks better than it has for a while, but the crisis recovery still remains very fragile. In this Commentary, Fabian Zuleeg and Janis A. Emmanouilidis argue that the euro zone is caught in a Catch 22, as multiple parallel crises often require contradictory responses. National reform efforts and fiscal prudence are indispensable but they do not produce a decisive break from the downward spiral.


Thinking beyond a fiscal union
20 December 2011
Janis A. Emmanouilidis (Director of Studies) and Fabian Zuleeg (Chief Executive and Chief Economist)

Steps towards establishing a 'fiscal union' may not only convince and enable the European Central Bank (ECB) to act as a temporary 'buyer of last resort', but also prepare the political ground for two major innovations: the need to balance austerity and growth in the framework of a 'New Deal', and the introduction of some form of (temporary) debt collateralisation, argue Janis A. Emmanouilidis and Fabian Zuleeg in this EPC Commentary.


All roads lead to Frankfurt: the results of an enigmatic summit - Post-Summit Analysis
12 December 2011
Janis A. Emmanouilidis (Director of Studies)

The 8-9 December European Council was not the 'major breakthrough' many had hoped for in the run-up to this crunch meeting of EU leaders: it is not likely to go down in history as the meeting which turned the tide, and the EU is destined to remain in 'crisis mode' for some time to come.


Enlargement to the Balkans: one step forward, two steps back
12 December 2011
Rosa Balfour (Senior Adviser to EPC on Europe in the World) and Corina Stratulat (Senior Policy Analyst)

Croatia’s signing of its EU Accession Treaty at last Friday’s European Summit was a step forward on enlargement policy. But the EU took two steps backwards when the member states postponed a decision on giving Serbia candidate status and Montenegro a date for the start of accession negotiations until the upcoming General Affairs Council in February and the European Council meeting in March, write Rosa Balfour and Corina Stratulat in this Commentary.


Europe: Germany's dilemma
9 December 2011
Josef Janning (Head of ECFR Berlin Office and Senior Policy Fellow)

In this Policy Brief Josef, Janning analyses the German approach to European integration and reviews its changes since the days of German reunification. He concludes that Germany should not rely on its ability to secure preferred outcomes by pushing its weight around.


Stepping into the abyss?
5 December 2011
Janis A. Emmanouilidis (Director of Studies) and Fabian Zuleeg (Chief Executive and Chief Economist)

The crisis has reached crunch time. It is not just the stability of the EU’s common currency but also the future of the whole European project which is at stake, write Janis A. Emmanouilidis and Fabian Zuleeg in this EPC commentary.


The democratic transformation of the Balkans
7 November 2011
Rosa Balfour (Senior Adviser to EPC on Europe in the World) and Corina Stratulat (Senior Policy Analyst)

In this Issue Paper, Rosa Balfour and Corina Stratulat argue that the EU can and should do more to strengthen the rule of law and public demands for substantive democracy in the Balkan region.


Eurozone exits no longer taboo
4 November 2011
Janis A. Emmanouilidis (Director of Studies)

The crisis has entered yet another phase, with Greece's membership of the euro zone being openly contested. In this commentary Janis A. Emmanouilidis argues that a possible transitional government and every other future Greek government need to regain trust by providing evidence of the country's firm commitment and ability to fulfil its obligations.


The complex end of a summit marathon
27 October 2011
Janis A. Emmanouilidis (Director of Studies)

EU leaders this week reached a potentially landmark deal to restructure Greek debt, strengthen the European Financial Stability Facility and recapitalise major European banks, writes Janis A. Emmanouilidis in this commentary.


Cutting four Gordian knots - Post-Summit Analysis
24 October 2011
Janis A. Emmanouilidis (Director of Studies)

This post-summit analysis of the first round of summits by Janis A. Emmanouilidis shows that much work still lies ahead and warns that EU leaders might not be able to deliver (all) the expected results.


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Janis A. Emmanouilidis
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Project Leader of the joint EPC-Stiftung Mercator project ‘Connecting Europe’

Julian Rappold
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Amanda Paul
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Corina Stratulat
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Yann-Sven Rittelmeyer
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Paul Butcher
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