The Future of the EU27

EU27 Analysis

8th February 2019

EU Explorer: Mapping the Future of Europe

The EU Explorer is a new interactive tool, created by the IIEA as part of our Future of the EU27 project. This interactive country profile map was developed to build an understanding of the wide variety of views and policy positions across EU Member States.
14th September 2018

The Emerging Voices Group

A new national debate on the future of the EU27 has been launched by the Irish Government. Contributions to this debate have been made by leading European figures, by EU Member States, and by the EU Institutions and Irish people have been called upon to discuss their own visions for the future of the EU. As part of this debate, the IIEA began a three-year project in 2017 with the support of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. The IIEA Future of the EU27 project looks at the various contributions to the Future of Europe debate emanating from the EU Institutions and from the Member States. Combined with consideration of the policy priorities of other EU Member States, this research will contribute to a more nuanced understanding of where Ireland’s strategic interests lie. For this project, the IIEA is putting together an Emerging Voices Group, which will bring together new voices to share their perspectives on the future of Europe. The group will meet monthly, and representatives of the group will be invited on a rotating basis to join meetings of the IIEA’s Future of the EU27 Expert Group, which consists of former government ministers, Irish Ambassadors, EU officials and prominent academics. We want to engage with a range of perspectives, so the panel will be gender balanced, and will aim to bring together people from different sectors, backgrounds and areas of expertise.
13th October 2017

The IIEA Future of EU 27 Project

Ireland’s strategic agenda for the next three years is complex. Navigating the UK’s withdrawal from the European Union, and examining Ireland’s position within the EU of 27, will demand reflection and analysis.
24th May 2019

Facing the New European Anxieties: Regaining the Trust of Electorates

In this keynote address, Sir Paul explores why governments across Europe have lost the trust of electorates and what can be done to re-establish it. He also draws on his recent book, The Future of Capitalism: Facing the New Anxieties, which explores the failures of modern capitalism and suggests potential remedies.
23rd May 2019

The Lead Candidate Debate: How will the next European Commission President be selected?

This explainer will examine the controversy surrounding the Spitzenkandidat or lead candidate system for selecting the President of the European Commission. It explores why the system was introduced and why it has been contested by some EU Institutions and Member States.
16th May 2019

Political Groups in the European Parliament: Who are you really voting for?

This explainer will identify the number of political groups in the European Parliament and why they are important. It will also highlight some of the main political trends that are emerging in the run up to the elections and examine the implications of these trends for political group formation in the new European Parliament.
13th May 2019

Where does the EU stand on Security and Defence Policy?

In this blog, Professor Ben Tonra examines EU cooperation on security and defence. He explores the competing approaches to security and defence cooperation at the EU level, including calls for the creation of a so-called ‘European army’ and argues that the EU’s changing security landscape may require it to rethink its approach to security and defence cooperation.
9th May 2019

What’s next for EU Enlargement?

This explainer explores the current state of play of the EU’s enlargement policy as well as examining the arguments in favour of further EU enlargement.

EU27 Publications

17th May 2018

IIEA Publication: EU enlargement to the Western Balkans: towards 2025 & beyond

On Thursday 17 May, EU leaders and leaders from the 6 Western Balkans partners: Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia, Montenegro, the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia and Kosovo will meet in Sofia at a summit hosted by Boyko Borissov, Prime Minister of Bulgaria, which currently holds the Presidency of the Council. The theme of the summit is connectivity and it aims to inject new energy into EU/Balkans relations and to improve relations within the region. Although the European Union’s enlargement policy is widely viewed as one of its most successful policy areas, the relationship between widening and deepening the EU has not always run smoothly. The expansion of the EU West (1970s), South (1980s), North (1990s) and East (2000s) consecutively over five decades while also pursuing ever closer integration has led to “enlargement fatigue” in the current member states and to enlargement being put on the back burner. However, on 6 February 2018, the European Commission published a new strategy paper on EU enlargement that set out how the European Union might engage with and provide an enhanced accession perspective for the six states in the Western Balkans. This was followed on 17 April 2018 by individual country reports which have injected new momentum to the enlargement process and provides a roadmap for the six states to converge towards the European Union model of integration. An IIEA paper by John O’Brennan entitled: EU enlargement to the Western Balkans: towards 2025 & beyond examines the background to the Commission’s decision and the main issues at stake for both Ireland and the EU. It provides an interesting and timely analysis of the potential for the six Balkan countries to achieve EU membership post-2025 and beyond and identifies hurdles to clear on in order to attain this goal and to preserve peace in the EU’s backyard. Both Bulgaria and Austria who hold the current and next Council Presidencies of the EU are championing the cause of Balkan enlargement, and the outcome of the summit in Sofia will indicate whether or not there is a credible perspective of EU accession for these countries in the future. John O’Brennan is one of Ireland’s leading academics on European Integration and the EU institutions. He is Director of the Maynooth Centre for European and Eurasian Studies. He is also Vice President of the Irish Association for Contemporary European Studies. His research has primarily focused on the process and politics of the EU’s Enlargement policy.
27th March 2018

Shaping social policy: what role for the EU?

In this paper, which is part of the Future of the EU27 Project, IIEA Senior Fellow Tony Brown examines two key questions for European social policy: “What challenges should our countries tackle together?” and “What added value can EU level instruments provide in this struggle?”
7th March 2018

The EU’s role in security and defence after Brexit

On 14 December 2017, the EU formally launched a new framework for improved cooperation in the field of security and defence. Ireland was among the 25 Member States to sign up for the new ‘Permanent Structured Cooperation’, or ‘PESCO’ as it is commonly known, a defence cooperation arrangement requiring more rigorous collective oversight and sustained financial contribution from the Member States. This agreement reflects the fact that defence is now high on the agenda as the EU adapts to a future without the United Kingdom as a member state. In this policy paper, Patrick Keatinge, Co-Chair of the IIEA’s Security and Defence Group and Professor Emeritus at Trinity College Dublin, explains the context of PESCO within the EU’s Common Security and Defence Policy, and argues that it does not threaten Ireland’s policy of military neutrality.

EU27 Past Events

24th May 2019

Facing the New European Anxieties: Regaining the Trust of Electorates

In this keynote address, Sir Paul explores why governments across Europe have lost the trust of electorates and what can be done to re-establish it. He also draws on his recent book, The Future of Capitalism: Facing the New Anxieties, which explores the failures of modern capitalism and suggests potential remedies.
8th May 2019

Climate change and the future of Agriculture: A Debate on the Future of Europe

The IIEA gathers an expert panel to debate ‘Climate Change and the Future of Agriculture’
26th April 2019

The Future Political Landscape of the European Parliament

On the eve of the European elections, Ms McGuinness explores how the new political composition of the European Parliament might affect its ability to function as an effective legislator.
8th March 2019

A Debate on the Future of Europe: How should the EU spend your money?

A panel of leading economists and politicians discuss how the EU should spend your money and whether the EU budget should be increased to include new policy priorities, or stay at its current level.

EU27 Interview Series

21st September 2018

Interview with Iztok Mirošič, State Secretary at the Slovenian Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Part of The Future of the EU27 Video Interview Series
22nd May 2018

Interview with Emilia Kraleva, Deputy Foreign Minister of Bulgaria

Part of the Future of the EU27 Video Interview Series.