“Yearbook of European Integration 2016”
The “Yearbook of European Integration 2016” was published in December 2016, in times of multiple crises as well as growing Euroscepticism and populism in Europe. A special focus of this year’s edition is on the exit of Great Britain from the EU and tendencies of re-nationalisation and also on the unprecedented challenge that is the current migration crisis. The yearly guest editorial is written by Simon Bulmer and William Paterson, members of the scientific directorate of the IEP, who analyse “Germany’s role in the handling of the European monetary and refugee crisis”. You can find the English version of the contribution here.
The simple perspective on Europe’s crises is misjudging the achievements of European integration and their advantages for the citizens of the Union – be it EU wide consumer protection, product security, freedom of movement and residence, or common environmental standards. Once again this year’s edition of the Yearbook shows that in many areas of policy the pieces of “non-Europe” are the ones that cause problems and hinder European crisis management. Many articles underline the necessity of European answers to the central internal and external challenges but also call for fundamental debates in which the current context of crises should be used as a chance for the future course of the European integration process.
The Yearbook of European Integration published by the Institute for European Politics (IEP) in Berlin documents and balances the European integration process from 1980 to the present. The result of 36 years of continuous work is a uniquely comprehensive account of European contemporary history. The “Yearbook of European Integration 2016” continues that tradition. In the contents of about 100 articles the authors trace developments in European politics in their field of research priority in the reporting period 2015/16. They supply information on the work of the EU institutions, the developments of different policy areas in the EU, Europe’s role in global politics and the member and candidate states’ European policy.