Issue 3/2019 of integration published

Europe has voted! The new European Parliament is consti­tuted and after long-drawn-out negoti­a­tions, the new President of the European Commission is also elected as well as four other high-ranking positions are occupied. The new insti­tu­tional set-up on the European level casts its shadow before and other important events from the first half of 2019 such as the signing of the Aachen Treaty in January or the tenth anniversary of the Eastern Partnership (EaP) in May provides input for deeper analyses. The issue 3/2019 of the quarterly Journal integration is therefore dedicated to the questions:

What conclu­sions can be drawn from the European elections regarding the European political and party system? To this, Rudolf Hrbek analyses the European elections and takes the Spitzenkan­di­daten procedure as example for the role of the European Parliament in the political and insti­tu­tional framework of the European Union. Johannes Kohls and Manuel Müller examine in a forum article the causes of trans­for­mation in the European party system.

What influence will the French-German Aachen Treaty have on European integration? Central to Stefan Seidendorf’s article is a theory-based discussion of the impli­ca­tions for European integration.

How can the associ­ation of the neigh­bours of the EaP be shaped in a way that is satis­fying for both sides? Tobias Schumacher traces the current debate on associ­ation policy towards the states of the EaP and highlights chances and challenges which result from an “associ­ation plus”.

The issue also contains a summary of the conference on regional and inter­na­tional cooper­ation in Central Asia and the South Caucasus, organized by the Institut für Europäische Politik and the Centre inter­na­tional de formation européenne, as well as a report of the “Arbeit­skreis Europäische Integration” about the 2019 ZEW Public Finance Conference on “The Political Economy of European (Dis)Integration”.

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