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8th October 2019

European Defence: The Challenge of Strategic Autonomy

In her keynote address, Ms Conway-Mouret, discusses her joint report on behalf of the Foreign Affairs, Defence and Armed Forces Committee, which examines the multifaceted development of European defence.
8th October 2019

The Challenge of Multilateralism

Tony Brown describes the challenge posed by the presumption of power over a rules-based international legal system and highlights recent calls to update the current multinational order.
3rd October 2019

John Bruton addresses IIEA Brussels

IIEA board member and former Taoiseach, John Bruton, addressed the IIEA Brussels on Monday, 30 September 2019.
25th September 2019

The Resilience of 1325: Women, Peace and Security

Rose Gottemoeller, Deputy Secretary General of NATO delivers a keynote address on Women, Peace and Security and NATO’s integrative approach to promote gender equality across the Alliance.
10th September 2019

Macron’s Balancing Act in Europe

This brief provides an overview of France’s influence on the selection of the heads of the EU institutions and future thematic focus, in respect of developments within the EU since the European elections took place on 23-26 May 2019. It also assesses recent developments in Franco-Irish relations during this period. Further afield, the brief reviews President Macron’s broader strategy on foreign policy at the G7 Summit and annual Conference of Ambassadors.
11th July 2019

IIEA Briefing on the Finnish Presidency

On 1 July 2019, Finland assumed the rotating Presidency of the Council of the European Union. This briefing examines what we can expect over the next six months.
11th July 2019

Social Europe in the New Strategic Agenda

The EU’s New Strategic Agenda will inform Union policies over the next five years. This blog examines the agenda’s Social Europe dimension and outlines where it overlaps with Ireland’s European policy.
5th July 2019

An EU Budget for the Future – The Road Ahead

Gert-Jan Koopman discusses the European Commission’s proposal for a long-term budget that focuses on the rule of law, less red tape and budgetary agility to cope with emerging challenges.

EU Affairs Publications

5th April 2019

Ireland and the Changing Global Foreign Direct Investment Landscape

In this paper for the IIEA, Frank Barry discusses five major developments in the external FDI landscape with a focus on their implications for the Irish economy. 
21st February 2018

Maintaining the Rule of Law in Poland: What next for the Article 7 proceedings?

On Wednesday, 20 December 2017, the European Commission proposed that the European Council adopt a decision under Article 7 of the Treaty on European Union (TEU) to formally issue a warning to the Polish government regarding its repeated disregard of European Commission Rule of Law recommendations.This unprecedented proposal follows almost two years of dialogue and represents a significant escalation in the ongoing rule of law dispute. The European Commission has stated its “readiness” to reconsider its proposal should the Polish government act on the Rule of Law recommendations, but a three-month deadline has been set for Poland to take these into consideration.Considering the EU is based on shared values and the rule of law, it is feared that this ongoing dispute could threaten to undermine the fabric of the EU itself.This policy brief will examine the origin and evolution of this rule of law ‘crisis’, the next steps and the possible outcomes.
16th November 2017

Europe’s Problem with England

This paper by guest contributor Edmond Grace SJ contends that Britain was constitutionally incapable of fulfilling the commitment entailed by its membership of the European Union and that Brexit is the inevitable outcome of this situation. The paper makes the case that Britain is a “vehicle for the pre-eminence of England” – and that this English pre-eminence is inimical to the sharing of sovereignty on which the European project depends.

Edmond Grace SJ is a Catholic priest and Director of PeopleTalk: Citizen Juries Shaping Government, an initiative of the Jesuits in Ireland. He studied law at Trinity College Dublin and Columbia University New York and is author of ‘Democracy and Public Happiness’ (I.P.A., 2007). He lectured on law and social ethics in the National College of Ireland and, while working in Gardiner St. parish in Dublin’s north inner city, was involved in building relations between local communities and an Garda Síochána as part of the struggle against drugs and organised crime. He has also written in various journals on jurisprudential and political matters, as well as playing a prominent role in the second Lisbon Referendum campaign in 2008. He is Coordinator of the Venice Workshop on Faith and Politics which is organised by every two years for young adults from around Europe.

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23rd June 2017

Enhancing Cooperation – German Attitudes Towards European Security and Defence Policy

This discussion paper by the Institute’s Germany Group provides a snapshot of German views on the highly pertinent topic of European security and defence policy. It reveals that the current German government has taken a very careful approach in seeking to reconcile its firm commitment to further European integration with the politically very sensitive topic of increasing military expenditure. For Germany, strategic bilateral and minilateral relationships within Europe may be key in sustaining the momentum in this policy area.Looking ahead to the German Federal Elections, which will take place on 24 September 2017, the paper also examines the views of Germany’s main opposition parties.
1st June 2017

6 Years On: Assessing the Impact of Country Specific Recommendations

The Country Specific Recommendations form a key part of the European Semester process, which guides the EU’s economic governance. This policy brief examines how the CSRs have evolved since their introduction in 2011 and analyses the implementation record of the recommendations to date, particularly in the case of Ireland. It also provides an overview of some of the obstacles, such as enforcement constraints and reform fatigue.
7th December 2016

EU Economic Governance: Guide to the Main Elements

The financial crisis led to significant constitutional, legislative and administrative changes to the European Union’s economic governance framework. These changes have strengthened economic governance, but also made it increasingly complex. This paper by the IIEA Economic Governance Group provides a comprehensive guide to the main elements of economic governance in the EU. It examines how key aspects of the governance framework are functioning and outlines how the EU’s fiscal rules have been implemented, both at an EU and Member State level, to date.The IIEA Economic Governance Group is a high level working group, which analyses the continuing reform of Europe’s economic governance architecture and publishes analytical papers detailing the implications of reforms for Ireland and Europe. The group is chaired by Michael G Tutty.

EU Affairs Past Events

2nd July 2019

The European Union and Central Asia: A New Partnership in Action

Ambassador Peter Burian outlines the EU vision in the new Strategy for Central Asia of building a modern, non-exclusive partnership to secure a more resilient, prosperous, rules-based economic and political space
1st July 2019

New Technologies and big data: what potential for the agri-food sector?”

Vladimír Šucha considers drivers and barriers to the use of new digital technologies in the agri-food sector and the next Common Agricultural Policy
1st July 2019

Currency, Credit and Crisis: Central Banking in Ireland and Europe

The IIEA hosts the launch of a new book by Patrick Honohan, entitled Currency, Credit and Crisis: Central Banking in Ireland and Europe. Paschal Donohoe T.D., Minister for Finance & Public Expenditure and Reform, launches the book
13th June 2019

The 2019 European Semester: Future Jobs, Investments and Growth for Ireland and Europe

This joint IIEA and European Commission seminar discusses the Country Specific Recommendations in the context of an increased focus on inclusive growth and the economy of the future.
7th June 2019

The World According to Xi Jinping

This talk seeks to describe the key aspects of Xi’s vision for the coming decades, and how China might be expected to interact with Europe and other great powers.
29th May 2019

Looking Forward: The Next European Parliament

On Monday, 27 May 2019 as the constellation of the next European Parliament becomes apparent, the IIEA gathers an expert panel offering insight and analysis of the key issues arising from the election results.
22nd May 2019

How to Fight against Populism

Drawing on his distinguished body of work, Professor Jan-Werner Müller provides his views on how modern democracies can combat the growing trend of populism.