Bertelsmann Stiftung, FiFo Institute for Public Economics (ed.)

Michael Thöne and Helena Kreuter

European Public Goods

Their Contribution to a Strong Europe

  • 1. edition 2020 (PDF)
  • Free of charge

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.

The Paper was written as part of the Bertelsmann Stiftung Reflection Group on European Public Goods.