Europe / European Union

The European Commission: an enabler for the European Security and Defence Union

Chantal Lavallée. ARI 59/2018 - 26/4/2018.

The European Commission has been pushing for deeper European cooperation in the security and defence sector for the past two decades despite the reluctance of the member states.


Turkey’s snap elections: Why in such a hurry?

Ilke Toygür. Expert Comment 25/2018 - 24/4/2018.

A clear victory for President Erdoğan might not be so sure if the economy turns bad, national pride fades away and the opposition parties begin to offer viable alternatives. Will he lose it all? We shall see.


Putin after Putin

Mira Milosevich-Juaristi. ARI 55/2018 (English version) - 20/4/2018.

What have been the keys to the victory of Vladimir Putin in the presidential elections held on 18 March? Does the election imply a change in the current Russian political system?


Coherence and focus on capability priorities: why EDA’s role in CARD, PESCO and EDF matters

Jorge Domecq. ARI 54/2018 - 19/4/2018.

A coherent, priority-focused and output-oriented implementation of the new tools is indispensable to boost European defence cooperation. The European Defence Agency (EDA) plays an important role in this respect.


Portugal’s economic prospects: was the political miracle responsible for the economic miracle?

Luís Teles Morais. ARI 53/2018 - 19/4/2018.

This paper looks at recent developments in the Portuguese economy from the troika period to the current recovery in the context of the political framework. Is the political miracle of the parliamentary coalition behind the later?


Debt mutualisation, inflation and populism in the Eurozone

Alfredo Arahuetes García and Gonzalo Gómez Bengoechea. ARI 45/2018 - 5/4/2018.

The balance between monetary normalisation and debt mutualisation should allow a soft transition from ECB’s sovereign interventions to some form of fiscal solution ‘from the centre’.


Understanding money to save the euro

Miguel Otero-Iglesias. Expert Comment 23/2018 - 4/4/2018.

The Eurozone has a problem. The debate on how to reform and deepen European monetary union is dominated by those who believe that establishing a fiscal and political union is not necessary to underpin the single currency’s long-term stability.


The composition of the European Parliament in 2019

Victoriano Ramírez González, José A. Martínez Aroza and Antonio Palomares Bautista. ARI 42/2018 - 23/3/2018.

The European Parliament has proposed a composition to the European Council that fulfils degressive proportionality. Hence, the distribution is acceptable, although it can be improved.


A guide to understanding Italy: the 2018 elections and beyond

Ilke Toygür. ARI 39/2018 - 16/3/2018.

The Italian elections of March 2018 –which have become a case study for populism– have caused much anxiety in Europe; as a founder member of the EU, Italy deserves a deeper analysis to understand its electoral dynamics.


Trump, Europe and one year into the US Presidency

Salvador Llaudes. Expert Comment 14/2018 (English version) - 19/2/2018.

If any benefit has come from Trump being in the White House it has been a new sense of urgency among Europeans, a realisation that Europe cannot continue with business as usual.