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ZEI Insights

"ZEI Insights" provide commentary and critical analysis on governance and regulation developments related to the ten priorities of the European Commission and its interplay with the European Parliament and the European Council. Authors of "ZEI Insights" are ZEI Scholars, Master of European Studies Fellows and Alumni.

Jobs, Growth and Investment

  • Erasmus +: Countering populism through education by Sarah Gansen (Download)
  • The EIB and European Cohesion Policy: An effective trade-off between growth and convergence? By Malin Berg von Linde (Download)
  • Skills mismatches in the EU: A perpetual impasse? By Marvin Cuschieri (Download)
  • The Investment Plan for Europe – high political stakes by Matthieu Bertrand (Download)
  • Is the Juncker plan an appropriate answer to the European Investment gap? A Literature Review by Tobias Buchmann (Download)
  • Juncker's proposal for "a new boost for jobs, growth and investment" - between high expectations and real action   by Dieter Konold and Martin Zimmek (Download)

Digital Single Market

  • Data Access: Optimizing the Policy Framework for a European Data Economy by Sanni Kunnas (Download)
  • Data Protection Reform: Strengthening individuals’ rights in the digital era by Pagona Tsormpatzoudi (Download)
  • Governance challenges on the path to a Digital Single Market by Caleb Fagade (Download)
  • Digital Harmonization: Unlocking the untapped potential of the European Single Market by Dennis Flück (Download)
  • A long road to an ambitious goal: The Digital Single Market by David Muschiol (Download

Energy Union and Climate

  • EU@60 – Domestic Climate and Energy Possibilities for Securing Europe’s  Energy Future by Michael Amoah Awuah (Download)
  • The EU Commission’s Energy Security Package: A Challenge To Russia’s Gas Dominance? by Robert Stüwe (Download)
  • Post-Lima headaches: Which role for the EU heading towards Paris? by Rike Sohn (Download)
  • New Commission brings new energy policy approach by Nikola Veselinovic (Download)
  • It was the best of times, it was the worst of times - Opportunities and Challenges of European Energy and Climate Policy by Christina Wunder (Download)

Internal Market

  • The European Union Space Strategy: A Science Diplomacy Perspective by Elif Özkaragöz Doğan (Download)
  • Brexit: What is at stake for the Single Market by Sarah Gansen (Download)
  • The Myths and Realities of EU Labour Mobility by Sally Brammer (Download)
  • New Strategy for Completing the Single Market: A New Chance? by Robert Stüwe (Download)
  • Policy objectives for the internal market by Balázs Kubinszky (Download)

Economic and Monetary Union

  • EMU Reform: What is the Road ahead?  von Malin Berg von Linde (Download)
  • The Crisis Management of Central Banks by Dennis Flück (Download)
  • What challenges lie ahead of the new Vice-President for the Euro and Social Dialogue by Saša Mester (Download)
  • A Social Euro and Economic Dialogue: Conflicting Aims by Carla Manzanas (Download)
  • Juncker’s Priorities: A Deeper and Fairer Economic and Monetary Union by Volker Nitsch (Download

EU-US Free Trade

  • Rising Protectionism and the Future of EU-US Trade by Adam Ryckaert (Download)
  • Trump and TTIP: Consequences for TTIP after the US elections by Adam Ryckaert (Download)
  • When data travels - The Commission’s objective of making EU data protection travel across the Atlantic by Robbert Jaspers (Download)
  • TTIP: the American Debate by Adam Ryckaert (Download)
  • Rewriting the rules: the consequences of TTIP on global trade by Matteo Scotto (Download)
  • Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership: private property or common destiny  by Matteo Scotto (Download

Justice and Fundamental Rights

  • A new direction in the EU’s fight against terrorism? by Katharina Boldt (Download)
  • The European Agenda on Security: Protection of what? A literature review by Matthias Vogl (Download)
  • Survey of recent developments and academic discussion: Justice and Fundamental Rights by Henri de Waele (Download)


  • The EU and the Burden of Refugee Resettlement by Ignatius Oli (Download)
  • Irregular Migration in the Mediterranean by Sabine Klasen (Download)
  • Time for a Euro-Mediterranean Migration Policy by Stephen Calleya (Download)
  • EU Migration Policy: Striking a balance by Mariyana Radeva Berket (Download)

EU as a Global Actor

  • How has the EU reacted to the Rise of China? An Analysis of the EU’s New Strategy on China by Wilson Chou (Download)
  • The Global Strategy for the European Union’s Foreign and Security Policy: A new framework for a more connected, contested and complex world? By Ilva Ifland (Download)
  • The importance of the German-Turkish relationship by Sabine Klasen (Download)
  • Stronger CFSP: the big un-kept promise of the European integration process? by Julija Vitanova (Download)
  • Travelling at the “speed of light”? Challenges for the European Common Foreign and Security Policy by Matthias Vogl (Download
  • How the EU can deal with chaos on its borders - new Commission should strive to eliminate its own job. by Ludger Kühnhardt (Download)

Democratic Change

  • One goal – two ways: Testing the feasibility of Macron and Juncker’s EU visions by Thomas Panayotopoulos and Robert Stüwe  (Download)
  • Managing the Forces of European Populism: The next election to the European Parliament in May 2019 may become the first pan-European referendum by Ludger Kühnhardt (Original published in: The Globalist, July 19, 2016, (Download)
  • EU Institutional Governance: Exploiting the Potential for Democratic Reform by Henri de Waele (Download)
  • An EU Transparency Register in Progress by Velyana Topalova (Download)
  • In pursuit of Better Regulation by Sally Brammer and Thomas Panayotopoulos (Download)
  • Governance challenges towards better regulation and transparency by Maria Kapiniaris (Download)
  • Not a pack of bureaucrats: The new European Commission by Sally Brammer (Download)







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