Germany goes to the polls: how will its EU policies change?

September 2021

Analysis

On September 26th 2021 Germany goes to the polls. Who will govern after the election, and how will they deal with upcoming EU policy questions? SIEPS Senior Researcher Valentin Kreilinger sets the election in its European context, by examining the parties’ manifestos and outlining possible coalition governments. (2021:16epa)

Gender mainstreaming in the European Commission

May 2021 • Mergaert Lut, Minto Rachel

Analysis

The EU is committed to gender mainstreaming across all its policies and activities. When it comes to the European Commission, researchers Lut Mergaert and Rachel Minto argue that there are examples of good practice, but also weaknesses. An important task for the Commission, they write, will be to target the transformation of its own organisation. (2021:8epa)

From self-doubt to self-assurance: The European External Action Service as the indispensable support for a geopolitical EU

January 2021 • Blockmans Steven, Hillion Christophe, Vimont Pierre

Report

The rivalry of today’s world should induce the EU to act as a cohesive force. Yet, EU countries are still struggling to focus on the common interest. The 10th anniversary of the European External Action Service thus constitutes an opportune moment to reconsider its contribution to EU foreign policy. This report on the EEAS is the fruit of a research cooperation to which SIEPS has contributed. (January 2021)

Pre-allocated return flows vs. European public goods: How the veto impairs the quality of the EU budget

September 2020 • Tarschys Daniel

Analysis

The EU’s budget package adopted in July strengthens the Union’s financial capacity but contains concessions that imply cuts in investments for collective action. As long as each country has a veto right in the budgetary process, it will be hard to obtain resources for expenditures with a high European value added, argues Daniel Tarschys, senior advisor at SIEPS. (2020:10epa)

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