Latest publications in English

State Interests and Bargaining Power in the Reform of the Eurozone

Following the deep euro crisis, the EU governments agreed on eurozone reforms that constituted a substantial deepening of European integration. In this report, political scientists Lisa Dellmuth, Magnus Lundgren and Jonas Tallberg analyse the dynamics behind the eurozone reform and discuss implications for future policy. (2020:4)

EU Industrial Policy in a Globalised World - Effects on the Single Market

As the EU aims at strengthening the competitivity of European companies, the functioning of the Single Market comes to the fore. Is a more assertive industrial policy compatible with free and fair competition? This question is studied in a volume focusing on the legal instruments that govern the EU’s internal market. (2020:1op)

Green paths through a pandemic

The present pandemic crisis brings uncertainty to the European Green Deal – the ambitious plan for environmental and climate progress. What can policymakers do if they wish to keep the green momentum? Mats Engström, senior advisor at SIEPS, offers six courses of action. (2020:8epa)

Suspension of EU funds for breaches of the rule of law – a dose of tough love needed?

The European Commission has proposed a possibility to suspend financial transfers to Member States with deficiencies as regards the rule of law. In an analysis of the proposal, professors Armin von Bogdandy and Justyna Łacny conclude that it has merits but raises legal doubts. Suspending EU funds could also harm the people they are meant to protect. (2020:7epa)

Geopolitics and the Covid-19 pandemic: a distorted turn in EU external relations

Recently, EU leaders have repeated the message that the Union needs to be more “geopolitical”. What does this mean? Richard Youngs, professor of International Relations, analyses this ambition by questioning its underlying assumptions. Without a modern and innovative form of geopolitics, he writes, the EU’s international identity risks becoming more uncertain and ambiguous – a risk that the Covid-19 pandemic is likely to reinforce. (2020:5epa)

Past seminars

Tax Sovereignty in a Globalised and Digitalised World

On 4 February, SIEPS and the Expert Group on Public Economics (ESO) jointly arranged a seminar with the aim of disseminating knowledge about the organisations’ work on taxation and to identify important areas for research with respect to taxation in a digitalised and globalised world.

The seminar was filmed.

EU Industrial Policy in a globalised world – effects on state aid and internal market rules

On the 31st of January 2020, SIEPS and The Permanent Representation of Sweden to the European Union in Brussel held a seminar on the EU Industrial Policy. 

The seminar was filmed and is available on Facebook.

The rule of law: Democracy’s bastion, or its nemesis?

Seminar on the rule of law and democracy, 27 January 2020, co-organized by SIEPS and CER and hosted by the Swedish Permanent Representation to the EU.

More pictures and a short summary. 

 

On the agenda: The rule of law and the EU’s budget

Should EU suspend funds for breaches of the rule of law? Such a conditionality has been proposed by the European Commission and is prominent in the European Council’s recovery deal, reached on 21 July. A SIEPS analysis from June 2020 examines strengths and weaknesses of the Commission’s previous initiative. By Armin von Bogdandy and Justyna Łacny.

Is digitalisation sustainable?

Climate action policy and a Europe fit for the digital age are among the von der Leyen Commission's top priorities, But how compatible are they? Mats Engström, senior advisor at SIEPS, contributes with a discussion in the latest issue of the European Court of Auditors' journal, Climat Change & Audit. (June 2020)

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