With the appointment of a new European Commission on the horizon in autumn 2019, this paper examines the common arguments surrounding what size and structure the new College of Commissioners should take.
Brexit and climate change are like apples and tomatoes—there is no reason to mix them. To do so is to perpetuate the false dichotomy that we must choose between the economy and the environment when, in reality, there are no jobs on a dead planet.
This policy brief examines the accelerated development of Common Security and Defence policy in the two years following the publication of the ‘EU Global Strategy’, which has resulted in closer cooperation on security and defence issues.
In a welcome sign that concern about climate change is being mainstreamed across the body politic, Prof. Philip Lane, Governor of the Irish Central Bank, made a significant contribution to the debate on 5 February 2019.
The EU Explorer is a new interactive tool, created by the IIEA as part of our Future of the EU27 project. This interactive country profile map was developed to build an understanding of the wide variety of views and policy positions across EU Member States.
This policy brief looks at the potential changes to the balance of power within the Council of the European Union after Brexit, and the effect that the UK’s departure will have on the ‘Qualified Majority Voting’ mechanism that is commonly used.
Simon Coveney TD, Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade
An Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade, Simon Coveney TD, presented a positive vision for Ireland’s place in the world, focusing on Ireland’s efforts to increase its global footprint through the Global Island Strategy.
In this IIEA paper, Blair Horan discusses the backstop element of the UK’s EU Withdrawal Agreement, providing both an historical context and an analysis of the implications both for the UK and for the island of Ireland.
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Our role is to identify key European and international policy trends, which will inform the work of Ireland’s decision makers and business leaders, and enrich the public debate on Ireland’s role in the EU and on the global stage.