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The European Politics and Institutions programme covers the EU’s institutional architecture, governance and policymaking to ensure that it can move forward and respond to the challenges of the 21st century democratically and effectively. It also monitors and analyses political developments at the EU level and in the member states, discussing the key questions of how to involve European citizens in the discussions over the Union’s future and how to win their support for European integration. The programme has a special focus on enlargement policy towards the Western Balkans, questions of EU institutional reform and illiberal trends in European democracies.


Climate & energy / DISCUSSION PAPER
Empowering citizens in Europe’s green transition: The role of digital solutions
By Laura Rayner , Berta López Domènech , Brooke Moore , Eric Maurice - 25/06/2024
Strategic foresight
Making the EU fit for the permacrisis
By Laura Rayner , Philipp Lausberg , Eric Maurice - 19/06/2024


EU enlargement / QUOTE
La ampliación de la UE, uno de los retos de la siguiente legislatura
Berta López Domenèch gives a quote to the spanish Euro EFE about EU enlargement.

La ampliación de la UE, uno de los retos de la siguiente legislatura
26 May 2024 - , Belgique/Belgie
EU enlargement / QUOTE
El dilema de la UE: la guerra d'Ucraïna renova l'interès per ampliar-se a més països
Berta López Domenèch appeared in an article quote to 3CAT about the war in Ukraine and what it means for EU enlargement.

El dilema de la UE: la guerra d'Ucraïna renova l'interès per ampliar-se a més països
21 May 2024 - , Belgique/Belgie
EU enlargement / QUOTE
20 anos do "big bang": UE pondera abrir portas a novas adesões
Berta López Domenèch appeared in SicNoticias 's article about EU enlargement, Ukraine, and the waiting list for Western Balkan countries.

01 May 2024 - , Belgique/Belgie

EU enlargement / PODCAST

The 2023 Enlargement Package: What's next?
On Wednesday 8 November, the Commission published its 2023 Enlargement Package.
The Package recommended opening accession negotiations to Ukraine and the Republic of Moldova, granting candidate status to Georgia, and opening negotiations with Bosnia and Herzegovina, once the necessary degree of compliance is achieved.
In this episode of the EPC Podcast, we discuss the Package and its implications, taking a closer look at the situation in Ukraine, Moldova, Georgia, and Bosnia, as well as the EU internally.
There’s no doubt enlargement is a ‘geostrategic investment’, but are the EU27 and future members ready for this step?
With Olivier Costa, Professor at the College of Europe; Teona Lavrelashvili, EPC’s Policy Analyst and Coordinator of the Task Force on EU Enlargement; and Berta López Domènech, Junior Policy Analyst at the European Policy Centre.

This Podcast is part of the EPC's Task Force on EU Enlargement.

With Barbara Vanotti , Berta López Domènech , Olivier Costa


European Commission / PODCAST

EU leaders agree on top jobs, but will it stick?
After a marathon Council meeting, EU leaders finally settled on a new leadership team for the bloc, picking German defence minister Ursula von der Leyen as Commission president, Belgian Prime Minister Charles Michel as president of the Council, IMF’s Christine Lagarde as president of the ECB, and Spanish Foreign Minister Josep Borrell as the new High Representative for foreign affairs and security policy.

In this episode, EPC Director of Studies Janis A. Emmanouilidis lifts the curtain on what was going on behind closed doors at the summit and explains how von der Leyen became the Commission president candidate everyone could get behind (sort of). He also covers what this means for the Spitzenkandidaten process, lessons learnt (introduce transnational lists, pick your Spitzenkandidat carefully, and Parliament, take the initiative!), and what will happen next.



European elections / PODCAST

Post-election analysis
Analysts Janis A. Emmanouilidis, Corina Stratulat and Fabian Zuleeg shared their views on the results of the European Parliament elections at an EPC post-election briefing.

Their in-depth analysis covered, among other things, the implications of the splintering of the European vote, the emergence of a new political alignment that goes beyond the traditional left-right paradigm, the different scenarios for a new coalition agreement in the Parliament, the race for the EU top jobs and what the election results in the UK mean for Brexit.

With Fabian Zuleeg , Corina Stratulat , Janis A. Emmanouilidis


Populism / PODCAST

A look ahead at 2019: Can the centre hold?
In our last podcast of 2018, Director of Studies Janis A. Emmanouilidis and Junior Policy Analyst Paul Butcher take stock of where the EU stands after the December summit but also look ahead at what’s in store for Europe in 2019.

Next year promises to be another turbulent year, as a divided and polarised EU will head to the polls in May. The stakes are high. Many analysts predict – or fear is the better word – that Eurosceptic, anti-globalist parties will take over the European Parliament and blow up the Union’s traditional consensus-building politics. Emmanouilidis and Butcher talk about what the growing polarisation means for the upcoming political transition and address the threat of disinformation and fake news ahead of the elections.

With Paul Butcher , Janis A. Emmanouilidis


Brexit / PODCAST

Brexit: The last 5%
Ahead of the European Policy Centre's conference 'A new blueprint for the EU after 2019', Anand Menon, Director of The UK in a Changing Europe, and Fabian Zuleeg, EPC's chief executive, sat down to discuss the latest in the Brexit negotiations.

The deal between the UK and the EU is 95% done, but the last 5% turns out to be the most difficult. Menon and Zuleeg talked about the Northern-Irish backstop, the extension to the transition period, the probability of a no-deal scenario and whether or not Brexit is still reversible.

With Fabian Zuleeg , Anand Menon


Post-Summit Briefing / PODCAST

Post-summit(s) rundown
Director of Studies Janis A. Emmanouilidis and head of the migration and diversity programme Marie De Somer discuss the latest developments in the Brexit talks, migration and EMU reform.

After the disappointment of the Brexit summit, where do the EU and UK go from here? Will migration continue to dominate the public debate in Europe? Has the window of opportunity for EMU reform been closed indefinitely? And what does it all mean with the 2019 European Parliament elections on the horizon?

With Marie De Somer , Janis A. Emmanouilidis



Deputy Chief Executive & Director of Studies
Institutional reform, poly-crisis, differentiated integration, enlargement, reform of economic governance
Associate Director and Head of European Politics and Institutions Programme
EU enlargement, Western Balkans, democracy, citizen participation, populism, political parties
Policy Analyst
EU institutions and governance, future of Europe, rule of law, democracy, France, strategic agenda
Junior Policy Analyst
Western Balkans, EU enlargement, post-conflict reconstruction and peacebuilding, territorial cohesion and integration, elections
Programme Assistant
EU enlargement, Western Balkans, Eastern Europe, EU institutions and governance, EU foreign policy and external action, conflict resolution and peacebuilding
Research Assistant
European policies, European law, Social Europe, EU Strategy for Sustainable and Circular Textiles

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