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ZEI Future of Europe Observer Vol. 5 No. 3 / 2017

Social policies: an answer to the democratic deficit of the EU

This issue of the Future of Testing the feasibility of Macron and Juncker’s EU visions Europe Observer analyses the most prominent visions for reform in the EU in the years to come. A common thread is the importance given to the social policies in order to resolve the democratic deficit within the EU and beyond.



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Thomas Panayotopoulos and Robert Stüwe,
One goal – two ways: Testing the feasibility of Macron and Juncker’s EU visions

Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker’s and French President Emmanuel Macron’s speeches on the future of the European Union are trying to make use of a new sense of momentum. Whose vision for Europe is more feasible? The ZEI Fellows Thomas Panayotopoulos and Robert Stüwe test the practicability of the proposals. More…



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Elif Özkaragöz Doğan
The European Union Space Strategy:  A Science Diplomacy Perspective
In diesem ZEI-Insight analysiert ZEI Alumna "Class of 2006" Elif Özkaragöz Doğan die Weltraumstrategie der EU Kommission und untersucht, wie die EU eine immer aktivere und sichtbare Rolle im Gebiet der Wissenschaftsdiplomatie spielen kann. Mehr...




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Michael Amoah Awuah,
EU@60 – Domestic Climate and Energy Possibilities for Securing Europe’s  Energy Future

In this ZEI Insight, Michael Amoah Awuah examines ways to reduce EU dependency on foreign oil and argues for a more gradualist long term energy and climate strategy. More…
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Joe Borg
The Maltese Presidency of the European Union 2017




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César Castilla
Perspectives on EU-Latin American Cooperation: Enhancing Governance, Human Mobility and Security Policies




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Ludger Kühnhardt
Weltfähig werden. Die Europäische Union nach dem Biedermeier




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Robert Stüwe
EU External Energy Policy in Natural Gas: A Case of Neofunctionalist Integration?



ZEI Insights

Adam Ryckaert,
Rising Protectionism and the Future of EU-US Trade

This ZEI Insight by Adam Ryckaert, ZEI Fellow “Class of 2014”, analyzes the altered conditions under which EU-US trade relations operate after President Donald Trump’s first hundred days in office and calls on the EU not to lose its resolve. More…

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The EU Global Strategy: Power of Perceptions

In this Future of Europe Observer-Edition, ZEI Master Fellows “Class of 2017” from all continents share their perceptions of the EU Global Strategy and analyze the multidimensional role of the EU’s external action. More…


ZEI Fellows visit Luxemburg and Strasbourg

ZEI Fellows visit Luxemburg and StrasbourgThis year’s students of ZEI’s Master of European Studies – Governance and Regulation visited several EU institutions on their field trip to Luxemburg and Strasbourg in March 2017.  More...




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Sarah Gansen,

Erasmus +: Countering populism through education

This ZEI Insight by Sarah Gansen, ZEI Fellow “Class of 2014”, analyzes how the EU’s Erasmus + program can counter populism by enhancing job market opportunities for the young generation.   More...      

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Sanni Kunnas, Data Access – Optimizing the Policy Framework for a European Data EconomyZEI Insights

Sanni Kunnas,

Data Access – Optimizing the Policy Framework for a European Data Economy

This ZEI Insight by Sanni Kunnas, ZEI Fellow “Class of 2016”, makes policy recommendations for building an effective European data economy.   More...      

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ZEI "Class of 2017" Meets Alumni in Brussels

ZEI "Class of 2017" Meets Alumni in BrusselsThe participants of the ZEI Master of European Studies - Governance and Regulation, "Class of 2017", visited several EU institutions in Brussels.  More...




Michael Gehler: Revolutionäre Ereignisse und geoökonomischstrategische Ergebnisse: Die EU- und NATO-„Osterweiterungen“ 1989-2015 im VergleichZEI Discussion Paper C 240/2017

Tapio Raunio/Matti Wiberg,
The Impact of the European Union on National Legislation




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Michael Gehler,
Revolutionäre Ereignisse und geoökonomischstrategische Ergebnisse: Die EU- und NATO-„Osterweiterungen“ 1989-2015 im Vergleich




Book Release

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Christian Koenig / Bernhard von Wendland,

The Art of Regulation: Competition in Europe - Wealth and Wariness, Cheltenham: Edward Elgar Publishing, 2017. 

Increasingly, EU market regulation measures have been introduced in the pursuit of economic justice and welfare. This book illustrates how regulation can help to prevent the abuse of dominance, in particular the abuse of public capital by the state.  More...



Book Release

Ludger Kühnhardt/Tilman Mayer (eds.),
Bonner Enzyklopädie der Globalität, Wiesbaden: Springer VS Verlag, 2017.

In the context of the 200th anniversary of the founding of Bonn University, more than one-hundred of its professors provide innovative interpretations of key concepts of social sciences and humanities in the age of globality. The Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms University Bonn was founded in 1818 as a reform university contributing in many ways to the evolution of academic disciplines and scientific concepts. Under conditions of today’s global turn, most of its professors of human and social sciences discuss the meaning of key concepts of their respective fields. They ask to which extent traditional European definitions are still viable and in which way they need re-interpretation to reflect the meaning and effect of the current global turn. More...


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ZEI Future of Europe Observer Vol. 5 No.1/2017

The Juncker Commission: Second Year Review

2016 ended for the European Union after a year of permanent damage control. Despite being confronted with mounting challenges, the European Commission continued the implementation of its ten policy priorities. This edition of the Future of Europe Observer reviews the work of Juncker Commission in its second year. More...




Book Release

Ludger Kühnhardt,

Africa Consensus: New Interests, Initiatives and Partners, Washington D.C./Baltimore: The Woodrow Wilson Center Press/Johns Hopkins University Press, 2014.

The relationship between Europe and its neighboring continent Africa is embedded in the current global transformation and linked to the interest of other regions in the future development of Africa. Against this backdrop, ZEI Director Prof. Dr. Ludger Kühnhardt, has published a comprehensive scholarly study on the interplay between African strategies for the future of the continent and external interests and initiatives engaging the main partners of Africa, i.e. the European Union, the US, and China, but also India, Brazil and the Arab states.     More…   
More information on the Cooperation of ZEI with the West Africa Institute (WAI).



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