Issue No. 11

This issue of the EU-28 Watch aims at enhanc­ing cit­i­zens’ under­stand­ing of the East­ern Neigh­bour­hood and Rus­si­a’s pol­i­cy and fil­ter­ing com­mon con­cerns and inter­ests at the East­ern bor­der of the EU. It cov­ers two main areas of ques­tions, first­ly the East­ern Neigh­bours and Rus­sia and sec­ond­ly ques­tions of EU enlarge­ment. There­fore it strong­ly relates to the Ukraine cri­sis that has been devel­op­ing since 2013 but also con­nects to the cri­sis in Syr­ia and more recent­ly to the refugee cri­sis the EU is fac­ing. IEP joined forces with TEPSA once again this year in order to pub­lish EU-28 Watch No. 11. This pub­li­ca­tion is part of the Europe for Cit­i­zens project East­ern Neigh­bours and Rus­sia: Close links with EU Cit­i­zens (ENURC).

The EU-28 Watch No. 11 receives sig­nif­i­cant fund­ing from the Otto Wolff-Foun­da­tion, Cologne, in the frame­work of the ‘Dia­log Europa der Otto Wolff-Stiftung’, and finan­cial sup­port from the Euro­pean Com­mis­sion, in the frame­work of the Europe for Cit­i­zens project “East­ern Neigh­bours and Rus­sia: Close links with EU cit­i­zens — ENURC”. The Euro­pean Com­mis­sion is not respon­si­ble for any use that may be made of the infor­ma­tion con­tained therein.

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Issue No. 10

The first EU-Watch since Croa­t­i­a’s acces­sion is focused main­ly on cur­rent EU events and their affect on pub­lic opin­ion in the EU mem­ber states. The recent Euro­pean Par­lia­ment elec­tions in May 2014 saw rough­ly half of the elect­ed Mem­bers of Euro­pean Par­lia­ment lose their seats. Along with the rise of euroscep­ti­cism and eur­o­crit­i­cism the events in Ukraine have both affect­ed the pub­lic view of the EU and its poli­cies. The EU-28 Watch project cov­ers these and more issue in Euro­pean pol­i­tics. Research insti­tutes from across Europe, includ­ing the can­di­date coun­tries, give insight into pub­lic dis­course in their respec­tive countries.

Comparative Analyses

On the basis of all EU-28 Watch coun­try reports, researchers from the IEP have writ­ten com­par­a­tive analy­ses for each ques­tion bloc. The com­par­a­tive papers point out sig­nif­i­cant com­mon­al­i­ties and dif­fer­ences across par­tic­i­pat­ing coun­tries and pro­vide brief the­mat­ic outlooks.

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The Watch issues No. 1 to No. 8 pro­vide insights into the nation­al debates on deep­en­ing and widen­ing and on oth­er Euro­pean top­ics from Lis­bon to Helsin­ki and from Dublin to Nicosia from Jan­u­ary 2004 to Decem­ber 2008. Over­all, the eight issues of the Watch com­prise 2,001 pages, includ­ing 9,427 foot­notes, and cov­er 54 ques­tions deal­ing with key Euro­pean topics.

In the fol­low­ing, we present a com­pre­hen­sive com­par­a­tive analy­sis based on the rich mate­r­i­al of the eight issues of the Watch: Tan­ja Lep­pik-Bork and Julian Plot­t­ka sum­marise the main events regard­ing deep­en­ing and widen­ing dur­ing the last five years of Euro­pean inte­gra­tion and com­ple­ment them with insights into the respec­tive nation­al debates as rep­re­sent­ed in the Watch issues, while Bar­bara Lip­pert presents six obser­va­tions on deep­en­ing and widen­ing based on the debates col­lect­ed in the eight Watch issues.

We hope to pro­vide an incen­tive to read and use the issues of the Watch for research and wish
an inspir­ing reading.

The Insti­tute for Euro­pean Pol­i­tics (IEP) in Berlin coor­di­nates and edits EU-27 Watch. The IEP is grate­ful to the Otto Wolff-Foun­da­tion, Cologne, for sup­port­ing the IEP’s research activ­i­ties in the field of “Enlarge­ment and neigh­bour­hood pol­i­cy of the EU” and thus for con­tribut­ing to this project.

EU-27 Watch revis­it­ed is part of EU-CONSENT, a net­work of excel­lence for joint research and teach­ing com­pris­ing more than 50 research insti­tutes that address­es ques­tions of the mutu­al rein­forc­ing effects of deep­en­ing and widen­ing of the EU. EU-CONSENT is sup­port­ed by the Euro­pean Union’s 6th Frame­work Programme.

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Issue No. 7

Top­ics dis­cussed in this EU-27 Watch:

  • The EU after the Irish referendum
  • French pres­i­den­cy and the future of the EU
  • Pub­lic opin­ion and Euro­pean integration
  • Polit­i­cal lead­er­ship in the EU
  • Con­cen­tric cir­cles around the EU?
  • The first ten years of the Euro
  • Cur­rent issues of high salience in the mem­ber states
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Issue No. 6

Top­ics dis­cussed in this EU-27 Watch:

  • The future of Europe at the end of the Por­tuguese Presidency
  • West­ern Balka­ns and Enlarge­ment agenda
  • The Euro­pean Neigh­bour­hood Pol­i­cy (ENP) and Russia
  • Ongo­ing con­sul­ta­tion on the bud­get review
  • Oth­er cur­rent issues of high salience in the mem­ber states
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Issue No. 5

Top­ics dis­cussed in this EU-25/27 Watch:

  • The future of Europe at the end of the Ger­man presidency
  • Cli­mate change and the EU’s ener­gy policy
  • Secu­ri­ty cul­ture in mem­ber states and impli­ca­tions for Euro­pean for­eign and secu­ri­ty policy
  • Unem­ploy­ment, labour mar­kets and the future of the wel­fare states in the EU
  • Oth­er cur­rent issues of high salience in the mem­ber states
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Issue No. 4

Top­ics dis­cussed in this EU-25/27 Watch:

  • Expec­ta­tions for the Ger­man EU Presidency
  • Ele­ments for the Berlin declaration
  • Sce­nar­ios for future nego­ti­a­tions of the Con­sti­tu­tion­al Treaty
  • Absorp­tion capacity
  • Euro­pean ener­gy policy
  • Jus­tice and Home Affairs/European immi­gra­tion policy
  • Lebanon/Middle East
  • Rus­sia and the Euro­pean Neigh­bour­hood Policy
  • Current/Upcoming events and issues

EU-25/27 Watch in the media:

Arti­cle about this issue, pub­lished by the Ger­man dai­ly ‘Frank­furter All­ge­meine Zeitung’.

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Issue No. 3

Top­ics dis­cussed in this EU-25 Watch:

  • Peri­od of reflection
  • Costs and ben­e­fits of EU membership
  • Lead­er­ship in the EU
  • Dis­cours­es of inter­est in oth­er EU or neigh­bour­ing countries
  • The Lis­bon process
  • Devel­op­ments in the West­ern Balka­ns and enlarge­ment of the EU
  • Mid­dle East and ener­gy pol­i­cy of the EU
  • Upcom­ing events and issues
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Issue No. 2

Top­ics dis­cussed in this EU-25 Watch:

  • The con­sti­tu­tion­al cri­sis of the EU and strate­gies for a way out of the crisis
  • The future of EU Enlargement
  • The future for the finan­cial frame­work 2007/13
  • The ini­tia­tives for a revi­tal­i­sa­tion of the Lis­bon Agenda
  • The EU’ s role in the world: CFSP/ESDP
  • Upcom­ing issues and events in the countries
  • Pri­or­i­ties and per­spec­tives of the EU 2005–2009
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Issue No. 1

Top­ics dis­cussed in the first EU-25 Watch:

  • The Treaty on a Con­sti­tu­tion for Europe (TCE) and prob­a­ble hur­dles to its rat­i­fi­ca­tion in mem­ber states
  • The elec­tions to the Euro­pean Par­lia­ment in June 2004
  • The con­tin­u­a­tion of the enlarge­ment process
  • The Euro­pean neigh­bour­hood policy
  • The Agen­da 2007, i.e. the finan­cial per­spec­tive 2007–2013 and the reform of policies
  • An out­look on the future agen­da of the EU and new dynam­ics in the EU-25
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Enlargement Watch

The future devel­op­ment of the Euro­pean Union will be deter­mined by two process­es: the acces­sion of ten and even more coun­tries, and the ongo­ing process of inter­nal reform and deep­en­ing of Euro­pean inte­gra­tion, known as Agen­da 2000 and more recent­ly the Euro­pean Con­ven­tion. Both process­es are close­ly linked and will change the face of the Union in the 21st century.

TEPSA insti­tutes in the 15 EU coun­tries as well as four asso­ci­at­ed part­ner insti­tutes from Cen­tral and East­ern Europe ini­ti­at­ed this semi-annu­al stock-tak­ing in order to mon­i­tor the main fea­tures and prob­lems of the nego­ti­a­tion and acces­sion process. A strong empha­sis is there­by placed on back­ground posi­tions and bar­gain­ing strate­gies of the actors involved.

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