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24th May 2019

Discussion Note on Ireland’s Objectives After Brexit

This short discussion note by Dr John Temple Lang outlines a number of suggestions for Ireland’s approach to relations with the UK and with the EU after Brexit.
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.
9th May 2019

Is Europe Facing a Democratic Recession?

Dr Rosa Balfour argues that Europe is undergoing a democratic recession, from which several scenarios emerge. She discusses the proposals in response to this trend, including those of France.
1st May 2019

Radical Democracy and Left Populism

In her address to the IIEA, Professor Mouffe scrutinises the “populist moment” that we are currently witnessing in Western Europe and argues that the development of a left populism is the only way to combat the rising support for right-wing populist parties.
10th April 2019

Transatlantic Relations in the Age of Trump

Constanze Stelzenmüller analyses developments in German-US relations.
9th April 2019

Sustainable Development: A German Perspective

In her address to the IIEA, Dr Scholz discusses Germany’s tripartite strategy for implementing the Sustainable Development Goals and whether it can deliver transformative change.
8th April 2019

Russia and Europe: Redefining the Relationship

In his address to the IIEA, Dmitri Trenin considers the future foundation of Moscow’s relations with Europe
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.

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

4th April 2019

‘The Abduction of Europa’

In his address to the IIEA, Minister Takács reflects on the threats and opportunities facing Europe, and on the key decisions that lie ahead.
2nd April 2019

A Europe for Citizens: France’s Response

In his keynote address, Manuel Lafont Rapnouil, argues that the global appetite for multilateral cooperation is waning, and he discusses the French government’s response to this trend.
28th March 2019

Out of Order: How Germany Struggles to Navigate the New Geopolitical Competition

Thorsten Benner argues that German policymakers must navigate a world of rising authoritarian nationalism and geopolitical competition against the backdrop of an unravelling European project.
26th March 2019

Improvising Politics on the European Stage

Drawing on his latest book, described by Donald Tusk as “one of the most insightful on European politics today”, Luuk van Middelaar analyses how the EU has improvised its way through a politics of events, rather than rules.
25th March 2019

The Long and Winding Road: Franco-German Relations

In her keynote address, Emily Mansfield explores how far we can expect Franco-German cooperation to go, in the context of the Gilets Jaunes protests and the national debate in France, and Angela Merkel’s last term in Germany.
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.
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.