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13th July 2018

The UK white paper on the future relationship with the EU

On Thursday, 12 July, the UK released its White Paper outlining the UK’s desired terms for the future relationship. This blog outlines the structure of the proposal and examines the proposed economic partnership.
13th July 2018

A European Union that Respects, Invests and Protects

In her address to the IIEA, Minister Dalli highlighted Malta’s priorities at EU level, arguing that the citizen must be placed at the centre of EU politics and decision making.
12th July 2018

Transatlantic Turmoil: Crisis or Opportunity

Ambassador O’Sullivan reflected on the current state of transatlantic relations within the context of increased tensions with regard to trading relations and the Iran Nuclear Deal.
12th July 2018

Brexit in an Age of Populism: Reflections of an English European

In his address to the IIEA, Prof. Garton Ash analysed Brexit in the context of what is happening across the Continent (and beyond).
5th July 2018

Counter-Terrorism Cooperation: Achievements and Challenges

In his address to the IIEA, Gilles de Kerchove discussed the achievements to date and the challenges that lie ahead as Europe continues to grapple with a significant terrorist threat.
4th July 2018

Brexit and the Distribution Sector

This is the third in a series of IIEA reports looking at the impact Brexit will have on a range of important sectors for Ireland and the all-island economy.
3rd July 2018

A Populist Europe?

In his address to the IIEA, Dr Mudde reflected on the resurgence of populism in Western democracies, consider how strong the populist governments are and their influence in Brussels and beyond.
3rd July 2018

Euro-Atlantic integration of Ukraine and the Minsk Agreements.

Keynote Address by Minister for Foreign Affairs of Ukraine, Pavlo Klimkin, on the situation in Crimea and the Donbas Region

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

29th June 2018

Europe and Northern Ireland’s Future: Negotiating Brexit’s Unique Case

Dr Mary C. Murphy drew on her recent book to analyse developments in the Brexit debate. Mark Durkan will provide a perspective on the negotiations from Northern Ireland.
14th June 2018

The Funding of Higher Education – Time for Reform?

The funding of higher education is a key strategic issue facing the Irish economy and society. The implications of the lack of funding in higher education range from a growing shortage of skills in industrial sectors to affecting Ireland’s ability to attract foreign direct investment. This conference aims to foster a more informed political and public debate on the issue.
7th June 2018

The 2018 European Semester: Inclusive Growth and Social Fairness for Ireland and Europe

The theme of the seminar was The 2018 European Semester: Inclusive Growth and Fairness for Ireland and Europe.
30th April 2018

Preparing for EU Enlargement to the Western Balkans

In advance of this summit, the European Commission has published a Strategy on the Western Balkans, which outlines six specific initiatives that aim to support the transformation of the Western Balkans and prepare the European Union for future enlargement.
30th April 2018

A Balancing Act for the EU27: Juggling the Next MFF and EU Institutional Reform

Building on the recent experience of the Estonian Presidency in the Council of the EU, Deputy Minister Maasikas reflected on issues which will have an impact on the EU27 post-Brexit, such as negotiating the next MFF period and institutional change.
20th April 2018

Reconciling risk sharing with market discipline

Prof. Bénassy-Quéré discussed recent attempts by leading academics from France and Germany to overcome the differing approaches towards EMU reform in both countries.
12th April 2018

The New Italian Government: An Engine or a Spoiler for EU Reform?

In his address to the IIEA, Luigi Scazzieri dicussed the outcome of the Italian election, and its implications for Italian politics and for the future of European governance.