Focus Europe: ÖGfE-Policy Briefs
ÖGfE-Policy Briefs provide short analyses leading to concise policy recommendations regarding current issues of European integration. Experts with different scientific backgrounds discuss today’s burning questions. In order to bridge the gap between academia and politics we provide decision makers with relevant background information. We publish both, German and English papers, depending on the author’s choice of language. The Policy Briefs are available as pdf documents.
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10 years after the launch of the Eastern Partnership (EaP), the EU finds itself in a strategic dilemma. This Policy Brief analyses which lessons can be learned from the past and discusses possibilities to resolve this dilemma in the order to find a way forward.
The Eurozone after 20 years is a mixed bag: assessments range from the positive to the negative. Against this background the author of this Policy Brief states that muddling along the present path is costly to the Eurozone and outlines an “utopian“ economic policy framework, far from present political discussions.
Consensus prevails that the European Economic and Monetary Union (EMU) requires reforms. The economic and financial crisis hit the Eurozone hard and revealed the weakness of the economic governance regime and challenged considerably the functioning of the Eurozone system. The difficulties were addressed by numerous and various measures. However, any debate about a necessary Treaty reform as such was cautiously avoided. This policy brief analizes these developments and offers recommendations how to cope with the necessary reform challenges.
In the United Kingdom in particular, Brexit has been negotiated in terms of us vs them, we against the threatening ‘Other’ across media and genres, across party lines and time. This language of opposition contributed to the referendum’s unexpected outcome. What is more, the polarising linguistic behaviour observed perpetuated a climate of distrust and division after the referendum and continues to impact the UK’s stance towards the European Union. On the basis of their findings, the authors of this Policy Brief propose several steps to mitigate and over time hopefully reverse the detrimental effects of the rhetoric surrounding Brexit.
The emergence of Euroscepticism provides a common denominator between Croatia and Serbia. In Croatia, Euroscepticism revolves around economic anxieties, ‘new’ identity politics (mainly gender-related issues) and opposition to the legal provisions on minority rights. In Serbia, ‘Euroscepticism outside of the EU’ predominantly consists in geopolitical considerations, namely the desire to preserve the country’s ‘neutrality’ between east and west.
Cotonou 2020 – What the European Union can learn from Chinese trade and investment relations with Africa
The Cotonou-Agreement between the EU and ACP-countries expires in February 2020. Until now, Africa in particular has not benefitted significantly from globalization and international trade, yet with its growing young population and untapped economic potential, it seems likely that the continent will occupy a major position in the future global economy. Recently a new, dominant player has been influencing this field.