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14th September 2018

President Juncker’s Vision for a Unified and Self-Reliant European Union

This blog looks at the proposals put forward in President Jean-Claude Juncker’s final State of the Union address and what they may mean for Ireland.
13th September 2018

Why the Brexit Referendum Result Must be Honoured

In her address to the IIEA, Rt Hon Gisela Stuart contended that choosing to leave the political structure of the European Union is a rational decision by the people and that finding mutually beneficially solutions for politicians and the people alike is the key step in this process.
13th September 2018

German-Russian Relations: Return to Normal?

Dr Stefan Meister asseseds the development and current state of German-Russian relations.
5th September 2018

Debating Globalisation and the Future of Work

See some of the key points from an IIEA debate on globalisation and the future of work that took place in June 2018 in Dundalk.
3rd September 2018

The Role of the EU in Shaping Social Policy

Since the 1970s, the role of the European Union in social affairs has consistently, but cautiously, been expanded. This infographic illustrates the levels at which various types of social policies are set across the EU
1st August 2018

The Chess-player and the Kickboxer

On 26 June 2018, Ministers for European Affairs of EU Member States met and formally held a hearing under Article 7 (1) Treaty on European Union (TEU) to discuss ongoing rule of law issues in Poland.
19th July 2018

Austrian Presidency Brief

On 1 July 2018, Austria assumed the Presidency of the Council of the European Union, for the third time since it accession in 1995. At a time when the European Union is facing challenging dossiers in the areas of migration, trade, security, the EU budget, and the on-going Brexit negotiations, this is an important moment for Chancellor Sebastian Kurz and his EPP-affiliated Austrian People’s Party (ÖVP). The ÖVP is one of the two dominant parties of Austrian politics that have governed the country in the post-war period, and is currently in coalition with the far-right and often euro-critical Freedom Party of Austria. The Chancellor faces challenges in separating his Government’s strongly stated positions in relation to many of the EU’s ongoing challenges, from its role as a broker in negotiations between EU Member States over the coming six months. However, given the significant agenda-setting and agenda-structuring powers afforded to the Council Presidency, Member States may instinctively view Austria as an ally or an opponent based on whatever side of these contentious issues they may be on.
13th July 2018

The UK white paper on the future relationship with the EU

On Thursday, 12 July, the UK released its White Paper outlining the UK’s desired terms for the future relationship. This blog outlines the structure of the proposal and examines the proposed economic partnership.

EU Affairs Publications

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.
12th July 2016

The Elements of a New EU-UK Relationship

In this new paper for the IIEA, Dr. John Temple Lang discusses some of the elements of a new EU-UK relationship, that might reconcile the interests of Ireland, the EU and the UK. Dr. John Temple Lang is an Irish lawyer who spent more than twenty years in the Legal Service and the Directorate General for Competition of the European Commission. He returned to private practice with Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP in 2000, practicing primarily in EU competition law. He has published over 300 articles on legal topics and has lectured at many conferences in Europe and North America.

EU Affairs Past Events

13th July 2018

A European Union that Respects, Invests and Protects

In her address to the IIEA, Minister Dalli highlighted Malta’s priorities at EU level, arguing that the citizen must be placed at the centre of EU politics and decision making.
12th July 2018

Transatlantic Turmoil: Crisis or Opportunity

Ambassador O’Sullivan reflected on the current state of transatlantic relations within the context of increased tensions with regard to trading relations and the Iran Nuclear Deal.
12th July 2018

Brexit in an Age of Populism: Reflections of an English European

In his address to the IIEA, Prof. Garton Ash analysed Brexit in the context of what is happening across the Continent (and beyond).
5th July 2018

Counter-Terrorism Cooperation: Achievements and Challenges

In his address to the IIEA, Gilles de Kerchove discussed the achievements to date and the challenges that lie ahead as Europe continues to grapple with a significant terrorist threat.
3rd July 2018

A Populist Europe?

In his address to the IIEA, Dr Mudde reflected on the resurgence of populism in Western democracies, consider how strong the populist governments are and their influence in Brussels and beyond.
3rd July 2018

Euro-Atlantic integration of Ukraine and the Minsk Agreements.

Keynote Address by Minister for Foreign Affairs of Ukraine, Pavlo Klimkin, on the situation in Crimea and the Donbas Region
29th June 2018

Europe and Northern Ireland’s Future: Negotiating Brexit’s Unique Case

Dr Mary C. Murphy drew on her recent book to analyse developments in the Brexit debate. Mark Durkan will provide a perspective on the negotiations from Northern Ireland.