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Brexit, phase two (and beyond): The future of the EU-UK relationship

Whether it looks more like ‘CETA-plus’ or ‘EEA-minus’, the trade deal that emerges from phase two of the Brexit negotiations should not be the limit of ambition for future partnership between the EU and the UK

By: Maria Demertzis and André Sapir Topic: European Macroeconomics & Governance Date: December 13, 2017
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Opinion

The European Commission should drop its ill-designed idea of a finance minister

Beyond the opposing ideas of Jean-Claude Juncker and Wolfgang Schäuble for future euro-area governance, Guntram Wolff explores how alternatives such as a reformed Eurogroup might yield more effective fiscal policy-making.

By: Guntram B. Wolff Topic: European Macroeconomics & Governance Date: December 4, 2017
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Policy Brief

Beyond the Juncker and Schäuble visions of euro-area governance

Two diametrically opposed visions of the euro-area architecture have been put forward. Departing from both Juncker’s and Schäuble’s proposals, the author identifies new ideas to develop the euro-area governance

By: Guntram B. Wolff Topic: European Macroeconomics & Governance Date: December 1, 2017
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Euro-area enlargement: a new opening?

8 of the EU27 have not yet joined the Euro, and progress in euro-area enlargement seems to have stalled. Commission President Juncker wants to give new momentum to the process, but the path is full of political and technical hurdles. The Euro is unlikely to have any new members soon.

By: Marek Dabrowski Topic: European Macroeconomics & Governance Date: November 2, 2017
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Revision of the Posted Workers Directive misses the point

The Commission’s proposed revision of the Posted Workers Directive has been approved by the European Parliament’s Employment Committee, which welcomes the arrival of “equal pay for equal work”. But the revision will have little impact, and was largely unnecessary. Instead we should focus on the fight against bogus self-employment, social security fraud and undeclared work.

By: Zsolt Darvas Topic: European Macroeconomics & Governance Date: October 18, 2017
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Eurozone or EU budget? Confronting a complex political question

This week’s European Commission reflection paper is the latest document to ponder a distinction between EU and euro-area budgets. But do we need to split the two, and what would each budget be used for? In this post, I present an analytical framework for assessing this ultimately political question

By: Guntram B. Wolff Topic: European Macroeconomics & Governance Date: June 29, 2017
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Clean Energy for all Europeans

Speech by the European Commissioner for Climate Action and Energy, Miguel Arias Cañete, at Bruegel on 24 November 2016

By: Miguel Arias Cañete Topic: Energy & Climate Date: November 24, 2016
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The new European research agenda

Growth & Innovation

Topic: Innovation & Competition Policy Date: January 22, 2015
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Deepening the economic and monetary union

Commissioner Moscovici's speech at the Bruegel event "Deepening the economic and monetary union"

By: Bruegel Topic: European Macroeconomics & Governance Date: January 21, 2015
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How can Europe escape recession in 2015?

A clear priority for 2015 will be to manage proactively the fallout from a possible continuation of the conflict with Russia. In addition, the euro area must amplify its efforts jumpstart growth and create new job opportunities. To grow, Europe needs to invest.

By: Guntram B. Wolff Topic: European Macroeconomics & Governance Date: December 23, 2014
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A new energy policy for the new EU Commission

The new EU leadership acknowledges the need to revamp European energy policy. While European Council President Tusk suggested the idea of an Energy Union, European Commission President Juncker has also called for a a "resilient Energy Union". The Commission Vice President for Energy Union Maroš Šefčovič has announced the unveiling of a political concept for […]

Topic: European Macroeconomics & Governance Date: December 17, 2014