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ZEI Future of Europe Observer Vol. 9 No. 3/2021

Rethinking progress: universalism under pressure and ongoing transatlantic pragmatism

New transatlantic initiatives are desperately needed after the precipitous withdrawal of the West from Afghanistan which has been a severe blow to the credibility of the European Union and the United States. This issue of the Future of Europe Observer illuminates some lesser known fields of cooperation in which joint efforts by Brussels and Washington can make a positive difference. (Download)

ZEI Future of Europe Observer Vol. 9 No. 2/2021

The Conference on the Future of Europe: 25 Ideas from ZEI

In this issue of the Future of Europe Observer, the Center for European Integration Studies (ZEI) presents 25 ideas for the Conference on the Future of Europe, to which ZEI keeps providing input by contributing its own proposals for debate on the official online platform. The co-authors of this issue include scholars from the ZEI network and alumni of the ZEI Master of European Studies as well as students of Political Science at the University of Bonn. We would like to express our sincere gratitude to all of them. (Download)

ZEI Future of Europe Observer Vol. 9 No. 1/2021

Von der Leyen: Still Caught in Corona Calamities 

This issue of the ZEI Future of Europe Observer takes stock of the implementation of the von der Leyen-Commission‘s 2020 work program as part of ZEI‘s reframed research project on “Governance and Regulation in the European Union”. Visualized by the ZEI Monitor traffic lights, this magazine includes analyses on the progress being made in the Commission‘s six policy priorities. (Download)

ZEI-MEDAC Future of Europe Observer Vol. 8 No. 3/2020

Post-Pandemic Prospects in the Euro-Mediterranean Region

What are the political implications of the Covid 19 pandemic in the Euro-Mediterranean region? Master Fellows "Class of 2020" and scholars from the Mediterranean Academy of Diplomatic Studies (MEDAC) in Malta and the Center for European Integration Studies (ZEI) examine this question in the latest joint issue of the ZEI-MEDAC Future of Europe Observer. The current magazine sheds light on both economic and security policy challenges in the region and analyzes various facets of the rule of law problem on the northern and southern shores of the Mediterranean by means of case studies. The publication is the latest result of the long-standing cooperation between the two research institutions. (Download)

ZEI Future of Europe Observer Vol. 8 No. 2/2020

How Can the EU Learn the Language of Power? 
In the European Parliament's nomination hearing, EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, Josep Borrell, postulated that the EU needs to learn the language of power in order to be competitive at the global level. In this issue of the ZEI Future of Europe Observer, our ZEI Master of European Studies-Fellows “Class  of  2020” comprised of students from 13 countries, analyze how the EU can live up to this ambition. The articles were written prior to the outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic in Europe. (Download)

ZEI Future of Europe Observer Vol. 8 No. 1/2020

Von der Leyen: Europe's New Deal Despite Corona? 
This issue of the ZEI Future of Europe Observer marks the start of ZEI's newly oriented research project on the annual work programs of the European Commission. The project builds on our previous work on the Juncker Commission. As before, the ZEI Monitor traffic lights will illustrate the status of individual EU legislative measures. In this issue our Research Fellows analyze the six political priorities of the von der Leyen Commission and take a look at the tasks ahead.  (Download)

ZEI-MEDAC Future of Europe Observer Vol. 7 No. 3/2019

Soft Power Policies in the Mediterranean Region
This joint issue of the Future of Europe Observer encompasses analyses of the various manifestations of soft power-related policies in the Euro-Mediterranean region, written by Master Fellows of the Center for European Integration Studies (ZEI) and the Mediterranean Academy of Diplomatic Studies (MEDAC) from Malta. (Download)

Future of Europe Observer Vol. 7 No. 2/2019

Matching the EU‘s international ambitions with UN goals
This issue of the Future of Europe Observer examines in what way the EU‘s Global Strategy overlaps with the UN Agenda with special attention to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). It comprises of analyses by ZEI Master of European Studies Fellows “Class of 2019”. (Download)

Future of Europe Observer Vol. 7 No. 1/2019

The Juncker Commission: Outlook for 2019
In this „Future of Europe Observer“, ZEI Fellows and Alumni provide our annual assessment on the work progress of the Juncker Commission in 2018 and evaluate the challenges for the final year of the Juncker presidency. This analysis is based on the ZEI Monitor, which tracks the work progress of the EU institutions. (Download)

ZEI-MEDAC Future of Europe Observer Vol. 6 No. 3/2018

Euro-Mediterranean Relations: From Illegal to Legal Migration?
ZEI and MEDAC Fellows analyse EU migration policies: This joint special issue of the Future of Europe Observer is part of the longstanding cooperation between ZEI and the Mediterranean Academy for Diplomatic Studies on Malta. (Download)

 

Future of Europe Observer Vol. 6 No. 2/2018

This issue of the “Future of Europe Observer“ takes stock of the EU’s Global Strategy and comprises of analyses by ZEI Master of European Studies Fellows “Class of 2018”. (Download)

 

Future of Europe Observer Vol. 6 No. 1/2018

The Juncker Commission: Outlook for 2018
In this „Future of Europe Observer“, ZEI Fellows and Alumni provide our annual assessment on the work progress of the Juncker Commission in 2017 and evaluate the challenges for 2018. This analysis is based on the ZEI Monitor, which tracks the work progress of the EU institutions. (Download)

 

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

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. (Download)

 

Future of Europe Observer Vol. 5 No. 2/2017

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. (Download

 

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

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. Our authors include the following ZEI Scholars and ZEI Master of European Studies Alumni: Prof. Dr. Ludger Kühnhardt, Tobias Buchmann, Yasen Gyurov, Anna Pokorna, Jan-David Blaese, Sujata  Wirsching, Katharina Kant, Grigoriani Bougatsa, Liska Wittenberg, Matthias Vogl, Sally Brammer. (Download

 

Future of Europe Observer Vol. 4 No. 3/2016

In June of this year a new and unprecedented challenge was laid at the feet of the European Union. For the first time in  European integration a majority in a member state voted to leave. The BREXIT vote, which stunned many in the rest of Europe, has left uncertainty and doubt. This edition of the Future of Europe Observer, produced after the 100 day milestone has passed and following the significant decision of the High Court, looks at where we are and what is to come. After the initial shock has worn off, what can now be said about this historic vote? Our authors include the following ZEI Scholars and ZEI Master of European Studies Alumni: Prof. Dr. Ludger Kühnhardt, Carola Gegenbauer, Hanna Sanders and Matteo Scotto. (Download)

 

Future of Europe Observer Vol. 4 No. 2/2016

Low growth, high unemployment in Southern European member states, TTIP negotiations and EU economic integration stalling, this is how headlines about the EU economy often look like these days. This issue of the Future of Europe Observer analyses the implementation of current EU measures put in place to counter economic stagnation, shedding light on planned policies the EU has announced in this field. Our authors include the following ZEI Fellows (MES Class of 2016 ): Malin Berg von Linde, Ksenija Nikolic and Jiayin Liu. (Download

 

Future of Europe Observer Vol. 4 No. 1/2016

Migration has climbed to the top of the European political agenda, both at the EU level and in the member states. This issue of the Future of Europe Observer sheds light on the different aspects of the migratory crisis and its consequences for the EU. Our authors include ZEI Senior Fellow, Prof. Dr. Daniel Tarschys, and the following ZEI Fellows (MES Class of 2016): Kim Förster, Lindsey Brown, Sanni Kunnas, Liska Wittenberg and Ignatius Oli. (Download

 

Future of Europe Observer Vol. 3 No. 3/2015

This issue of the FEO monitors and assesses the on-going work of the European Commission and traces the implementation of its annual work programme on the basis of the ten priorities outlined by Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker for 2015. Furthermore, it gives an outlook on the challenges ahead for the European Commission and the other institutions in 2016. Our authors include the following ZEI Scholars, Fellows and ZEI Master of European Studies Alumni: Prof. Dr. Ludger Kühnhardt, Dr Tobias Buchmann, Deepak Raj Pandaya, Anna Pokorna, Balázs Kubinszky, Dennis Flück, Tristan Suffys, Nikola Veselinovic, Maria Kapiniaris, Maria Staszkiewicz, Malte Tim Zabel, Thomas Panayotopoulos and Robert Stüwe. (Download

 

Future of Europe Observer Vol. 3 No. 2/2015

This issue of the Future of Europe Observer explores some of the complex questions surrounding regulation within the EU internal market. The regulation of network industries, including the need to balance legal issues concerning the improvement of competition and the protection of the rights of individuals are examined. ZEI Master of European Studies Alumni  Carlos Iniesta Corbacho, Pagona Tsormpatzoudi and Senior Fellow Nils Lemberg survey European regulation in the fields of mobile roaming, postal services and in regard to the draft Data Protection Regulation. (Download) 

 

Future of Europe Observer Vol. 3 No. 1/2015

During his first three months as Commission President, Jean Claude Juncker has implemented considerable changes to the organisation of the European Commission and committed himself and his team to achieving the priorities and objectives laid out in his Political Guidelines. This issue of the Future of Europe Observer offers an insight into President Juncker, the new seven Vice Presidents and their portfolios. Fellows from the ZEI “Class of 2015” give an overview of the objectives and priorities of each Vice President, along with potential conflicts and governance challenges which they will face over the course of the political cycle 2014-2019. (Download)

 

Future of Europe Observer Vol. 2 No. 3/2014

Following recent events in Ukraine and with winter fast approaching, energy policy and energy security of the European Union is an issue of great concern for individual citizens and governments alike. As EU member states seek to protect themselves from potential energy supply disruptions, new Commission President Juncker has called for a European Energy Union. This issue of the Future of Europe Observer examines the current and future challenges and issues for European policy makers. Alumni from the ZEI Master of European Studies program examine the call for energy solidarity, the energy network which stretches across Eurasia, and the implications of energy dependency in the EU. (Download)

 

Future of Europe Observer Vol. 2 No. 2/2014

Europe has voted. Between May 22nd -25th 400 million people in 28 member states have been called to vote the 751 MEPs of the 8th European Parliament. This election is important as it is the first since the Treaty of Lisbon, the Parliament now has a number of important new powers. The new political majority will shape European legislation over the next five years and the Parliament - the only directly elected EU institution - is now a linchpin of the European decision-making system. The new FEO follows up on the results of the elections and their various effects on politics in Europe and the wider world". (Download)

 

Future of Europe Observer Vol. 2 No. 1/2014

In light of the forthcoming elections of the European Parliament and the ensuing debate within Europe of key policy issues, the ZEI Master of European Studies “Class of 2014“ gives an overview of the current constitution of the EU under the question "What next for the EU?". (Download)

 

Future of Europe Observer Vol. 1 No. 3/2013

Currently, the European Banking Union with its three pillars is being negotiated and gradually implemented. The Banking Union is aimed at preventing a renewed escalation of the sovereign debt crisis as experienced since 2008. While in the media and in political debates it has been claimed that the economic crisis has been a crisis of the EU itself, a closer look shows that the integration process is continuing and increasing.

This new edition of the ,,Future of Europe Observer“ gives a brief description of the facts and arguments put forward in this debate about the pros and cons of a banking union in the EU. (Download)

 

Future of Europe Observer Vol. 1 No. 2/2013

The current financial crisis has become a litmus test for the EU in priding herself as a community of values. The political debate will go beyond the scope of a full economic or more institutionally integrated EU with an appropriate administrative and financial management to meet the challenges of the current crisis.

With the new issue of our ”Future of Europe Observer“, ZEI explores what the idea of European solidarity means to all of us in the 28 EU member states. We have asked academics from all member states to give their opinion. (Download)

 

Future of Europe Observer Vol. 1 No. 1/2013

A new debate on the future of Europe has emerged which will define the path of the European Union in the years ahead. ZEI accompanies this process of discussion with the new “Future of Europe Observer“ which regularly provides an EU-wide platform for contributions from across the EU and beyond.

The first edition, compiled by ZEI Fellows of the Master "Class of 2013", summarizes the contributions from across the EU to overcome the state deficit crisis between 2010 and early 2013. The newly evolving European consensus will develop a new dimension of European interests with regard to economic, fiscal, and budgetary policies. It will shape the scope and legitimacy of the European Union. (Download)

 

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