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.


12th November 2020

Strengthening Europe’s Health Capacity

Minister Spahn reflects on lessons learned to date in managing the COVID-19 pandemic and their implications for EU public health policy.
2min
16th October 2020

The Transatlantic Alliance: A European Parliament Perspective

Just over two weeks prior to the US Presidential Election, Radosław Sikorski MEP offers his analysis of the current state, and future of, the transatlantic alliance.
1min
15th October 2020

‘Back to the future’: Resetting British-Irish relations in the post Brexit & COVID period

Dr Steve Aiken takes a critical look at how Northern Ireland can become a benchmark of Anglo-Irish cooperation and understanding.
1min
13th October 2020

A Keynote Address by William Hague

William Hague offers his perspective on the role of a post-Brexit UK in its neighborhood and the world.
1min
9th October 2020

Brexit and the Implementation of the Protocol on Ireland/Northern Ireland

This paper by Blair Horan examines the implementation of the Protocol, and the prospects for a successful outcome to the EU-UK negotiations
1min
2nd October 2020

Countering Online Disinformation: Actions Taken and the Challenges Ahead

Paolo Cesarini discusses the threat of disinformation and the EU’s policy response to it, focusing on the EU’s Code of Practice on Disinformation, which is currently under review.
1min
1st October 2020

From Fragile Continent to Vital Union

This brief examines the major issues Commission President von der Leyen outlined in her inaugural State of the Union address to the European Parliament on 16 September 2020. It also analyses the options arising from her speech and their potential implications for the EU and for Ireland.
1min

EU Affairs Publications

1st October 2020

From Fragile Continent to Vital Union

This brief examines the major issues Commission President von der Leyen outlined in her inaugural State of the Union address to the European Parliament on 16 September 2020. It also analyses the options arising from her speech and their potential implications for the EU and for Ireland.
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.

EU Affairs Past Events

29th September 2020

Timely, Targeted, Temporary and Transformational – The German Strategy for Recovery in the EU

State Secretary Kukies discusses the priorities of the German Presidency of the Council of the EU in working towards economic recovery and long-term resilience.
29th September 2020

WEBINAR: The State of the European Union 2020

Marking President Ursula von der Leyen’s inaugural State of the Union Address, the IIEA and the European Commission Representation in Ireland hosts a public webinar discussion.
29th September 2020

WEBINAR: COVID-19 and the future of monetary policy

In his address to the IIEA, Gabriel Makhlouf discusses COVID-19 and the future of monetary policy.
29th September 2020

WEBINAR: What next for Belarus?

Charles Grant will reflect on the current developments in Belarus following a contested election victory for long-term President Alexander Lukashenko.
16th September 2020

The State of the European Union 2020

Marking President Ursula von der Leyen’s inaugural State of the Union Address, the IIEA and the European Commission Representation in Ireland host a public webinar discussion.
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.
5th June 2020

Sweden’s Values-Based Approach to Domestic and Foreign Policy

Minister Linde explored the Swedish response to the coronavirus pandemic, the implications of the crisis for gender equality issues, and the significance of Sweden’s feminist foreign policy.