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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