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Final report

New Pact for Europe

After a first successful period in 2013-2015, which included more than 80 events in 17 EU countries and the publication of two major reports, which elaborated five strategic options on the future of the EU, the New Pact for Europe project entered a new phase in 2016-2017. read more...

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Analysis

Snap election in the UK: From "Hard" to "Hostile"?

The forthcoming general election in the United Kingdom will to a large extent centre on what sort of exit from the European Union the country might be able to achieve. How could an enhanced mandate for Prime Minister Theresa May affect the negotiations of Brexit? read more...

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Comment

President Trump Goes to Europe: Two (Theoretically) Easy and a Tough Question on EU Integration, Trade and the Euro

All eyes will be on Donald Trump when he attends the international summits of NATO and the G7 at the end of May. On his first trip to Europe he is also set to meet the presidents of the European Council and the European Commission, Donald Tusk and Jean-Claude Juncker. Policymakers in Brussels and across European capitals will therefore listen very carefully to what the new U.S. president has to say about his commitment to European integration, transatlantic trade relations and the strength of the euro. A comment by Katharina Gnath. read more...

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New Policy Brief

Seizing the Moment for Euro Area Reform

The election of Emmanuel Macron as French President gave renewed hope to proponents of the European integration project after the blow of Brexit. There is now a momentum that Berlin and Paris could agree on the view that the euro is incomplete and cannot last without major reforms. We set out proposals for a staged but lasting and workable reform. read more...

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Comment

An electoral win, yes – but triumph will have to wait

A general sense of relief, mixed with skepticism, following Emmanuel Macron's victory at the presidential polls: The French electoral campaign has revealed a deep political divide that the president-elect must now bridge if he is to lead the way forward for France and Europe. Our Europe expert Joachim Fritz-Vannahme examines what priorities Macron must set. read more...

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Flashlight Europe

Poland and the EU

May 1, 2017 marks 13 years since Poland and other central European states joined the European Union. What has become of the hopes and aspirations in recent years? read more...

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Analysis

France before the election: Where is the country headed?

Who will take up residence in the Élysée Palace? The French are choosing their next president in a two-step process, with a first-round election on April 23 and a runoff on May 7. The results of the vote in one of Europe's most populous and economically important nations will send a signal to the entire continent. We take a look at the country's economic and social situation and its global ties. read more...

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Analysis

French Elections: Economic Stagnation, Political Revolution?

The rise of Marine Le Pen and Emmanuel Macron in the run-up to the French presidential elections reflects a wider dissatisfaction with the country's political system. Is France on the verge of a political breakthrough that will replace the old Conservative-Socialist divide by one between nationalists and internationalists? read more...

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Interview

Brexit/Trump: Wake-up Calls for a More Active EU?

On March 29 British Prime Minister Theresa May officially announces the United Kingdom's exit from the EU - nine months after a majority of the UK voted for "Brexit". How should the EU conduct its negotiations? Do Brexit and the new U.S. president signify the end of international cooperation as we know it? Statements by our Chairman and CEO Aart De Geus. read more...

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