Relaunching the EU

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* Leading EU think tanks to debate the European reforms that have been proposed by Presidents Juncker and Macron, and to present perspectives on the future of Europe from Poland, Spain and Austria

The tone of the debate on the Future of Europe and possible institutional reforms of the European Union has shifted from gloomy to more optimistic, thanks to a developing economic recovery, the easing of the migration crisis, the failure of anti-EU forces to make decisive gains in some recent elections, and the general progress of the Brexit talks.

Still, many analysts and politicians warn against complacency, as anti-establishment political parties continue to gain traction with some voters, as concerns grow over the rule of law in some EU countries, and as the policies of, and relations between, the United States and Russia have become less predictable. There is also no agreement on how to overhaul the euro area to minimise the risk of a repeat of the 2008 crisis and to strengthen economic growth.

This debate on the Future of Europe is set to intensify ahead of the 2019 European elections, the installation of the new Presidents of the European Commission and European Council, and the end of the EU’s current long-term budget in 2021. This note offers links to commentaries, studies and reports from major international think tanks on the state of the EU and possible reforms.

Brexit-related publications can be found in a previous edition of ‘What Think Tanks are thinking.’ Earlier papers on the general state of the EU are available in another edition in this series, published in September 2017. More reports on eurozone reforms are also gathered in another in the series, from December 2017.

About the Speech:

Following a period of sustained economic growth, and the electoral defeat of eurosceptic parties in France and the Netherlands, a new sense of optimism and ambition can be found among supporters of further EU integration. As part of the IIEA’s Future of the EU27 Project, the Institute hosted senior analysts from leading EU think tanks to debate the reforms that have been proposed by Presidents Juncker and Macron, and present perspectives on the future of Europe from Poland, Spain and Austria.

About the Speakers:

Taking part in this panel discussion on the Future of the EU27 were: Agata Gostyńska-Jakubowska, Senior Research Fellow at the Centre of European Reform; Pol Morillas, Deputy Director of the Barcelona Centre for International Affairs (CIDOB); and Paul Schmidt, Director General of the Austrian Society for European Politics. The panel discussion will be moderated by Paul Cunningham, Editor of RTÉ’s The Week in Politics and former RTÉ Europe Correspondent.

This event, which was part of the IIEA’s Future of the EU27 Series, is open to the public and is supported by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade

The publication is not an editorial. It reflects solely the point of view and argumentation of the author. The publication is presented in the presentation. Start in the previous issue. The original is available at:  youtube



  1. Good questions. Brexit is dazzling the whole of Europe, not just the British, to no longer see the woods for the trees. But even if the EU’s detractors think it’s about red tape, the European project is really about the big picture. With the 21st century now getting fully into its stride, it is clearer than ever that the EU’s continued economic and political integration is crucial to defending its member countries’ interests in a globalising world.

  2. The dangerously unpredictable initiatives of the Trump Administration call for solid and unambiguous responses from the EU. Whether it’s Trump’s trade war with China or his threatened torpedoing of the Iran nuclear deal, the EU-27 will be forced to define its position vis-à-vis these major issues.

  3. So far, these questions haven’t been crystallised into a clearcut political narrative on the EU side, and certainly not on the part of the British government. It’s time they were.

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