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16th November 2018

German-Russian Relations: Practice and Prospects

In this paper, Pádraig Murphy, Chair of the IIEA Foreign Policy Group and Member of the IIEA Germany Gorup, explores the complex relationship between Germany and Russia. The paper examines Germany’s changing approach to Russia since the foundation of the Federal Republic and analyses key issues impacting this relationship, including Russia’s annexation of the Crimea; Donald Trump’s Presidency; Syria; and Nord Stream 2.
14th November 2018

National Populism: The Revolt Against Liberal Democracy

In his address, Professor Goodwin drew on analysis from his latest book outlining what lies behind the rise of these movements and what is likely to happen next in many democracies across the West.
14th November 2018

The Future of EU Foreign Policy

Stefan Lehne gave a critical analysis of the foreign policy instruments of the EU established in the Lisbon Treaty and their efficacy in the current international climate.
13th November 2018

Defending the EU’s Values

In her address to the Institute, Ms Sargentini discussed the role of the European Parliament in the defence of the European Union’s values.
30th October 2018

President Trump’s Ambivalence Towards NATO and its Implications for European Security 

The election of President Trump has cast considerable doubt on the traditional dynamics of transatlantic relations, in particular on US NATO membership. Ms Dempsey discussed the implications for European security.
22nd October 2018

The Future of Franco-German Relations: Designing a New Élysée Treaty

Claire Demesmay and Christine Pütz discuss the future of the Franco-German alliance.
18th October 2018

Turmoil: What opportunities for the EU in a changing international order?

In his address, Baron van Daele examined what role the European Union can play in such a changing international order.
18th October 2018

Brexit from a Welsh Perspective

In his address to the IIEA, Geraint Talfan Davies gave a Welsh perspective on Brexit, including a discussion of the issues arising from Brexit for devolved powers, and an analysis of the rationale behind the Welsh leave vote.

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

12th October 2018

The Brexit Endgame: Key Challenges Ahead – Perspectives from Germany, Ireland and Scotland

As the Brexit negotiations enter the critical final phase, many issues remain to be resolved, including the question of the backstop for Northern Ireland and the nature of the future relationship between the UK and the EU. Even if a deal is reached between the negotiators, there remain a number of hurdles to overcome.
3rd October 2018

EMU Reform and the Proposed European Monetary Fund: Essentials, Expectations and Beyond

Heribert Hirte discussed German perspectives on the proposal for a European Monetary Fund (EMF).
24th September 2018

The Future of a Global Privacy Framework

In her address to the IIEA, Julie Brill dicussed how policy makers can empower consumers to control their own data while promoting interoperable frameworks that enable businesses to operate globally.
13th September 2018

Why the Brexit Referendum Result Must be Honoured

In her address to the IIEA, Rt Hon Gisela Stuart contended that choosing to leave the political structure of the European Union is a rational decision by the people and that finding mutually beneficially solutions for politicians and the people alike is the key step in this process.
13th September 2018

German-Russian Relations: Return to Normal?

Dr Stefan Meister asseseds the development and current state of German-Russian relations.
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.