Entrepreneurs of Compromise? The Rotating Presidency of the Council of the EU after Lisbon

January 2022 • Vaznonytė Austė

Analysis

The Treaty of Lisbon (2009) introduced a permanent President of the European Council – a clear institutional setback for the rotating Presidency of the Council of the EU. At the same time, the Presidency retains an important function in the EU political system, with opportunities to exert influence. Austė Vaznonytė, Researcher in Political Science, analyses this changing role. (2022:3epa)

A Political Presidency: the 2022 French Presidency of the Council of the European Union

January 2022 • Rozenberg Olivier

Analysis

France has taken over the Presidency of the Council of the European Union. What does this major Member State hope to achieve during its term? And what will be the impact of France’s general elections, which are to be held in April and June? These questions are discussed in a European Policy Analysis by Olivier Rozenberg, Associate Professor at Sciences Po, Paris. (2022:2epa)

Strategic Autonomy – Views from the North

December 2021 • Lewander Jakob, Helwig Niklas, Håkansson Calle, Iso-Markku Tuomas, Nissen Christine

Report

The concept of strategic autonomy has been a frequent topic in the EU the last few years. The continuous management of political crisis has expanded the discussion beyond security and defence. How do the Nordic countries relate to this pursuit of sovereignty and capacity to act? This anthology explains and analyses how Denmark, Finland and Sweden view strategic autonomy, what similarities and differences exist between the countries' attitudes and how they view their and the EU's role in a polarized world. (2021:1op)

Restricting human rights in the Member States during the COVID-19 pandemic

November 2021 • Varfolomieieva Valeriia

Analysis

During the COVID-19 pandemic, most EU Member States found themselves obliged to derogate from certain civil and political rights. Even though these derogations differed in both style and extent, they have had implications for the democratic systems in the Member States. But what are the implications of these derogations for the EU legal system? Valeriia Varfolomieieva, Research Assistant in law at SIEPS, raises this issue by analyzing the European and EU legal framework for human rights derogations. (2021:18epa)

Political accountability in EU multi-level governance: the glass half-full

October 2021 • Papadopoulos Yannis

Report

Is there sufficient political accountability in the EU’s multilevel governance system? Are the public and their representatives able and willing to have decision-makers answer for their decisions? In this report Professor of Public Policy Yannis Papadopoulos examines the mechanisms of horizontal and vertical accountability vis-à-vis the EU institutions and assesses their effectiveness. (2021:4)

Respect for the Rule of Law in the Case Law of the European Court of Justice: A Casebook Overview of Key Judgments since the Portuguese Judges Case

September 2021 • Pech Laurent, Kochenov Dimitry

Report

In recent years, the European Court of Justice has strengthened the rule of law as a binding value within the EU. This change is the result of several landmark rulings in the period 2018 to 2021, which should be seen in the context of the decline of the rule of law in some Member States. Professors Laurent Pech and Dimitry Kochenov unveil a profound change of the EU as a constitutional system. (2021:3)

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)

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