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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