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.


14th May 2021

State of the Union

Minister Coveney delivers a ‘State of the Union’ address, in which he assesses the role of the EU in recent crises, and provides a perspective on the future.
2min
14th May 2021

Finance for the Future: A Europe Day Address by Commissioner Mairead McGuinness

Commissioner McGuinness reflects on the impact of the COVID pandemic on how we bank and access finance and assesses the role of the financial system in meeting our Green Deal goals for a more green and digital future.
2min
11th May 2021

Monetary Policy in Transition

In his address to the IIEA, Governor of the Bank of Portugal Mário Centeno assesses the monetary and fiscal policy responses of the European Union to the Coronavirus pandemic.
1min
11th May 2021

Global Britain in a Competitive Age: A Vision for the UK

Minister Morton discusses the UK Integrated Review of security, defence, development and foreign policy.
1min
19th April 2021

Strengthening Crisis Preparedness and Response to Disease Threats and Outbreaks

In her address, Dr Andrea Ammon outlines the role of the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control, as an EU agency, in responding to the COVID-19 pandemic
2min
15th April 2021

Beyond Borissov? The Possible Implications of the Bulgarian Parliamentary Election for the EU and Ireland.

This blog outlines the background context to the Bulgarian parliamentary elections, held on Sunday, 4 April 2021, the results, and their possible implications for the EU and Ireland.
7min
8th April 2021

The European Pillar of Social Rights Action Plan

This new blog by Senior Fellow, Tony Brown, examines the European Commission’s Action Plan for implementation of the European Pillar of Social Rights
5min
31st March 2021

Responding to Challenges and Looking to the Future

Minister for Public Expenditure & Reform, Michael McGrath TD discusses the Irish Government’s response to the challenges of Brexit and the global pandemic in a broader European and international setting.
2min

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

26th March 2021

Towards European Strategic Autonomy?

A webinar address by Jim Cloos, Secretary-General of the Trans European Policy Studies Association (TEPSA), on European strategic autonomy.
26th March 2021

Completing the Banking Union: Next Steps and Challenges Ahead

Isabelle Vaillant provides a regulatory perspective on the reforms that are required to complete the banking union.
19th March 2021

A Regulatory Perspective on the Capital Markets Union (CMU)

In his address to the IIEA, Steven Maijoor, Chairperson of the European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA), provides a regulatory and supervisory perspective on the Capital Markets Union (CMU) and its implications for EU investors, consumers, and businesses.
10th March 2021

Recommendations for a Sustainable & Fair Recovery in Ireland and Europe

This joint IIEA and European Commission seminar discusses the 2020 Country Specific Recommendations in the context of an increased focus on how to deliver a smart, sustainable and fair recovery.
9th March 2021

Women in Politics: A Global Perspective on Equal Participation and Decision-Making

This joint event organised by the IIEA and the French Embassy in Ireland focuses on the theme of women in politics, taking a global perspective on equal representation
10th February 2021

Reforming the ESM – Implications for European Financial Stability and Resilience

Klaus Regling examines the implications of reforms to the ESM for financial stability and resilience in Europe.
9th February 2021

2021: Ambitions and Challenges for Ireland in a Changing World

The Taoiseach sets out his ambitions for Ireland as a global actor in 2021 and beyond.