EU Affairs

EU Affairs Analysis

21st March 2019

Countdown to Brexit: the UK in 2025

In the sixth in the IIEA’s Countdown to Brexit series, a panel of British commentators considers how the country’s politics and society will evolve in the coming years.
15th March 2019

Vision or Reality – Macron’s European Renaissance

On Monday, 4 March 2019, the President of France, Emmanuel Macron, addressed European citizens in an open letter published in newspapers across the EU 28 Member States.
14th March 2019

Brexit: Myths and Realities Regarding the ‘WTO Option’

In this policy brief from the IIEA, Michael Daly explains the implications for the UK of trading solely on the basis of WTO rules.
4th March 2019

New Security Challenges Facing Europe

In his address, Julian King, Commissioner for Security Union, addresses the need to strengthen the resilience of the European Union’s democratic systems to cyber attacks in the run up to the European Parliament elections.
1st March 2019

Countdown to Brexit: the view from Brussels

Tony Connelly provides a view from Brussels on the State of Play in Brexit in the crucial days before the final exit date.
28th February 2019

The EU’s re-engagement with the Western Balkans: A new chapter long overdue?

In his address to the IIEA, Erwan Fouéré presents his latest paper on EU enlargement in the Western Balkans.
27th February 2019

A Year of Change: Risks and Opportunities for the European Project

In his keynote address to the IIEA, Minister Le Maire offers his insights on the current issues in French and European economic policy.

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

21st February 2019

The View from Google: Privacy, GDPR and Ireland as a One Stop Shop

Mr Enright shares his perspectives on Google’s experiences of GDPR, on lessons learned along the way, and on how Google approaches privacy and data protection.
20th February 2019

The European Commission’s Action Plans for a More Sustainable and Innovative Financial System

Olivier Guersent, Director-General of DG FISMA in the European Commission, discusses the future of sustainable finance and fintech in the EU.
19th February 2019

Across the Great Divide: how Brexit has exposed Britain’s divisions and what can be done to heal them

In the third event in the ‘Countdown to Brexit’ series, David Goodhart explores how Brexit has shed light on the divisions in British society and how these can be overcome.
14th February 2019

Systemic Risk in the Insurance Sector

Gabriel Bernardino argues that enhanced reporting and monitoring tools are needed to ensure that supervisors can identify potential systemic risks and vulnerabilities in the insurance sector.
13th February 2019

Countdown to Brexit: The State of Play

In the second event in the IIEA’s ‘Countdown to Brexit’ series a panel of experts from Dublin, Belfast and London discusses the current state of play in the debate.
8th February 2019

Russia and the West: Moving Beyond the Hybrid War Illusion

Professor Mark Galeotti challenges the prevailing view of Russia’s hybrid war on the West, drawing on his analysis of the ‘late Putin’ regime and the Russian approach to security and intelligence
6th February 2019

Germany’s AI Strategy in a Global Context

Stefan Heumann addresses two central questions: How should Europe position itself in the competition between China and the US? And what role can Germany play in shaping an European approach to AI?