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Focusing primarily on the question of net contributions to the EU budget instead of the question of the ideal size and structure of an EU budget in order to master the common grand challenges is a major obstacle to the negotiations for the next Multiannual Financial Framework (MFF) of the EU. Moreover, this pattern is also an impediment to the current negotiations of the EU COVID-19 recovery fund. Against this background, the authors of this policy brief discuss options how to overcome member states’ net position thinking.
The debate on an EU recovery package to fight the corona crisis evokes patterns known from the eurozone crisis, where northern creditor states were pitted against southern debtor states. This raises questions about the role of smaller creditor states in the Economic and Monetary Union. Against this background, the author of this policy brief analyzes emancipation tendencies of smaller creditor states, discusses their strategies to realize their preferences, and what this means for the corona crisis management.
What exactly do other member states expect from Germany and how do they set their policy priorities? To answer this, the European Policy Institutes Network (EPIN) has compiled an analysis of 15 different national perspectives.
After a long time of negotiations and political tug-of-war, the United Kingdom left the EU on 31 January 2020. Since mid-March, the European Union has been in crisis mode due to the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic. Against this background, this policy brief examines the political composition of the new EU Parliament one year after the European elections, the impact the new balance of power has on the interinstitutional relations of the EU and the role the still young Parliament can actually play. In addition, the analysis takes account of the attitude of Austrians` towards the European Parliament.
The economic situation of women and their financial independence is under further pressure as a result of the coronavirus crisis and the developments in 2020: The rising unemployment and the increasing need to perform more (low and unpaid) care work will imply negative consequences for the old-age security of the women. Even now, within the European Union women have on average a 30 percentage lower retirement income than men. The authors of this policy brief analyse current employment and income inequalities that lead to future gender gap in pensions and develop policy recommendations.