The Analyses section provides brief research notes relating to four main streams: social media, political visions, public opinion and policy focus.

Political visions
6 November 2020

Myth: Europe is in need of a “Finalité Politique”

A finalité politique is at odds with the nature of European integration. There is no end goal, and that is how it ought to be. By definition, the Europe of European integration is a volatile and hybrid institution, a temporary fix. A temporary fix that has to prove itself as an appealing and convincing version of that big post-war Western experiment with capitalism and democracy. Capitalism and democracy the European way, if you wish. Key to its attraction is that is never set in definite form, nor believes in such a thing.

30 October 2020

Reforming the Dublin Pact and Activating EU Solidarity: The Objectives of the New EU Pact on Migration and Asylum

The increase in migratory flows towards the European Union (EU) during the 2014–2016 period was followed by a genuine political–institutional crisis and the paralysis of the Common European Asylum System. In 2020, the European Commission presented the New Pact on Asylum and Migration, a composite policy instrument that promises to deeply reform the common asylum policy.

Policy focus
31 July 2020

SURE: What about a permanent instrument?

Short-time work (STW) schemes have proved to be the ace of Member States’ response to the social and employment crisis induced by the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic. In this scenario, the proposal of the Commission for a temporary Support to mitigate Unemployment Risks in an Emergency (SURE), is to be welcomed as a bold and innovative move. Is the time ripe for the Commission to put the proposal forward for a permanent SURE?

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