EU Affairs

EU Affairs Analysis


The Institute’s EU Affairs Programme monitors policy developments and election outcomes from across EU Member States, the priorities of the rotating Presidencies of the Council of the EU and ongoing issues of concern for the European Union, such as the rule of law and the rise of populism.


2nd July 2020

WEBINAR: France and the Future of Innovation in Europe

Gilles Babinet will offer his perspective on the future of innovation in Europe and discuss how to develop a dynamic digital ecosystem.
1min
2nd July 2020

The Opening of Ireland’s Accession Negotiations: Fifty Years On

In this blog, Noel Fahey discusses the opening of Ireland’s EC accession negotiations in 1970, and highlights a number of issues from those early discussions that remain pertinent to this day.
9min
1st July 2020

Together for Europe’s Recovery: The Key Priorities of the German Presidency of the Council of the EU

On 1 July 2020, Germany assumed the rotating Presidency of the EU Council against the backdrop of the COVID-19 pandemic. This briefing examines what we can expect over the next six months.
1min
18th June 2020

The Multilateral Order Post-Covid: Expert Voices

IIEA Expert Voices brings together expert insights from around the world to provide concise, digestible answers to key questions in EU and global politics.
1min
13th May 2020

Judging the Eurozone: The Role of National Courts and the European Court of Justice in adjudicating on Europe’s Economic and Monetary Union

This paper identifies characteristics and trends in European Court of Justice and national court rulings relating to the functioning and evolution of the Eurozone.
3min
13th May 2020

Compliance & COVID-19: Reforming EU Fiscal Rules

The purpose of this blog is to examine the state of play regarding changes to fiscal rules in the context of the ongoing debate surrounding Economic Governance Reform in the EU & the COVID-19 Crisis.
11min
7th May 2020

Green Central Banking: Options for the ECB on Climate Change

This paper outlines several possible options for the ECB to be a major catalyst for climate action both through its monetary policy and regulatory decisions.
1min
6th May 2020

After COVID-19, the Irish Economy faces huge challenges

COVID-19 is having a dramatic impact on Ireland. This blog examines the Irish Government’s response to date, and considers the challenge of designing public policies to manage the reopen-ing of the economy.
9min

EU Affairs Publications

18th June 2020

The Multilateral Order Post-Covid: Expert Voices

The multilateral order as we have known it since the Second World War was already showing strains before the world was afflicted with the coronavirus pandemic. The unprecedented measures taken across the world to deal with the immediate crisis have only highlighted the need for a more thoroughgoing examination of this order.In this IIEA Expert Voices publication, ten foreign policy experts share short perspectives on the question of how COVID-19 pandemic will impact different aspects of the rules-based multilateral order.
13th May 2020

Judging the Eurozone: The Role of National Courts and the European Court of Justice in adjudicating on Europe’s Economic and Monetary Union

Much of the EU’s constitutional evolution from the foundation of the single currency two decades ago to the present day has centred on Economic and Monetary Union (EMU). In the years following the onset of the sovereign debt and banking crises in the EU, the European Court of Justice (ECJ) was regularly called into action to adjudicate on matters pertaining to EMU, with important consequences for our present moment.In this research paper, Professor Gavin Barrett of the UCD Sutherland School of Law notes that crisis-era ECJ rulings concerning general Eurozone developments necessitated rapid constitutional development of the EU’s legal and institutional frameworks. For example, the ECJ upheld the establishment of the European Stability Mechanism (ESM) in Pringle and confirmed the legality of the ECB’s Outright Monetary Transactions programme in Gauweiler.
25th October 2019

Angela Merkel: The Climate Chancellor?

Germany’s 2030 Climate Protection Programme was unveiled on 20 September 2019. This briefing outlines the context in which the programme was launched and how it fits into Angela Merkel’s legacy as the Climate Chancellor.
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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EU Affairs Past Events

30th April 2020

WEBINAR: How the Future of Europe has Changed

The IIEA gathers an expert panel, comprising political, think-tank and academic perspectives, to discuss the wide-ranging implications of the COVID-19 pandemic and its economic, social and political impact on the future of Europe.
30th April 2020

WEBINAR: Combatting Crisis: The EU’s Economic Response to the COVID-19 Pandemic

John Berrigan discusses the economic policy measures which have been taken at the EU level in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, and discusses what else can be done to support Member States.
26th February 2020

Strengthening Public Trust in the EU

In her address to the IIEA, Emily O’Reilly discusses the role of the European Ombudsman in strengthening public trust in the European Union.
26th February 2020

After Semi-Hegemony? Germany in a world in flux

Hans Kundnani discusses the future of Germany’s status as the “semi-hegemon” of Europe, in light of the new reality of international politics.
26th February 2020

Engaging Citizens on the Future of Europe

Vice-President Šuica explores the dual themes of her mandate, Democracy and Demography, and the significance of these for the Conference on the Future of Europe.
11th February 2020

European Climate Strategy and The Green New Deal

A keynote address on the topic of the European Climate Strategy and the Green Deal.
11th February 2020

Citizens First: The New Commission’s Approach to Citizen Engagement

Director-General Ahrenkilde Hansen delivers a comprehensive overview of the new European Commission’s strengthened approach to citizen engagement.