Project Description: Rethinking and communicating Europe

Together with partners and high-level experts from all over Europe, we make and promote innovative proposals to rethink the European Union. At the same time, we develop new tools to help better communicate Europe.

The coronavirus pandemic is only one of the myriad of challenges the EU is facing. Especially in this potentially-transformative crisis, it is important to focus European expenditure and politics where they can provide the most benefit to European citizens. The concept of European public goods allows such a prioritization of EU politics. In their paper, Michael Thöne and Helena Kreuter show how the theory of fiscal federalism provides a compelling narrative for a reorganization of EU politics towards more sovereign decision-making – but only where it is truly needed.

"Digital sovereignty" is a declared goal of the German EU Council Presidency. However, for a term that is so central to the current political debate, it is very vague. What exactly can digital sovereignty mean? What are the necessary framework conditions to enable the EU to assert its own values and legal concepts in the digital space? In this policy brief, Falk Steiner and Viktoria Grzymek explain the underlying problem once more and discuss what digital sovereignty can mean in concrete terms: a better awareness and control of dependencies in central elements of the digital infrastructure.