Issue 2/2017 of integration published

In the new issue of integration, Wolfgang Wessels and Johannes Wolters depict the flexi­bil­i­sation of integration policy in the EU along the dimension integrative vs. disin­te­grative flexi­bil­i­sation and analyse the oppor­tu­nities and risks related to this devel­opment. Barbara Lippert examines the ambiva­lences of differ­en­tiated integration as well as the resulting conse­quences for political cohesion in the EU. Wolf J. Schünemann and Franziska Petri identify various phases in the history of EU refer­endums, develop distinct criteria for the new type of offensive refer­endums of no-confi­dence and compare the latest EU-related refer­endums along these criteria before giving a short outlook on potential contagion effects of the new refer­endum type. Marc Ringel and Michèle Knodt analyse the legislative package “Clean Energy for All Europeans” concerning the method of open coordi­nation on the one side and elements of a more binding nature on the other side. They also discuss in how far the proposal is suited to deliver a tangible contri­bution to Europe’s energy and climate goals for 2030. Ingeborg Tömmel focuses on the inter­gov­ern­mental insti­tu­tions’ lacking ability to exercise power in relevant policy areas and the resulting impacts for the EU’s capacity to act. Besides the report on the fourth Germany-Portugal-Forum, the ‘Arbeit­skreis Europäische Integration’ reports on confer­ences about the EU stabil­i­sation policy in the Middle East and North Africa as well as about the European Central Bank.

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