“Yearbook of European Integration 2020”

The Yearbook of European Integration published by the Institut für Europäische Politik (IEP) in Berlin documents and assesses the European integration process from 1980 to the present. The result of 40 years of continuous work is a uniquely compre­hensive account of European contem­porary history. In about 111 articles, authors trace devel­op­ments in European politics in their field of research priority in the reporting period 2019/20. 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.  The Yearbook of European Integration is published each December – and the 40th anniversary edition continues that tradition.

The monitoring of the European integration process through the first Yearbook of European Integration started in 1980 with the assessment that “it seems […] overdue to attempt a continuous, critical analysis of the unifi­cation process in the form of a Yearbook of European Integration, which on the one hand should be as up to date as possible and on the other hand provide scien­tif­i­cally sound analysis”. While at the beginning there were 30 contri­bu­tions and nine Member States of the European Commu­nities, 40 years later the Yearbook has substan­tially evolved encom­passing 111 contri­bu­tions and the EU 27 Member States. However, it has always remained committed to an up-to-date and scien­tif­i­cally sound analysis. Especially the diversity of contri­bu­tions gives evidence of the continuous differ­en­ti­ation of the process of European integration and its corre­sponding policy fields, but above all the success of “Project Europe”.

We are honoured that the President of the Bundestag, Dr. Wolfgang Schäuble, intro­duces this Yearbook with a foreword for this special occasion. 2020 is never­theless not only a festive anniversary, but also a crucial year. Europe is under great pressure, as Werner Weidenfeld under­lines in his Résumé (“Bilanz”): The global Covid-19 pandemic, whose economic, social and consti­tu­tional conse­quences are still difficult to estimate, deter­mines the political agenda of the European Union and the everyday lives of its citizens. Important political negoti­a­tions and projects – the multi­annual financial framework (MFF) for 2021 to 2027, the agreement on the future relations between the European Union and the United Kingdom and the start of the conference on the future of Europe announced with much publicity, to name but a few — are overshadowed by the unpre­dictability of the global The Covid-19 pandemic and its impacts (“Covid-19-Pandemie und ihre Auswirkungen”), which Manuel Müller deals with in an individual contribution.

The year 2020 began with the United Kingdom’s withdrawal from the EU on 31 January 2020. The subse­quent negoti­a­tions between London and Brussels on their future relations are analysed from both perspec­tives in the contri­bu­tions on Brexit and The United Kingdom and the European Union (“Das Vereinigte Königreich und die Europäische Union”).

The chapter on the “Insti­tu­tions of the European Union” (Insti­tu­tionen der Europäischen Union) sheds light on the new appoint­ments of the EU insti­tu­tions after the 2019 European elections and provides an interim review of their crisis management during the first months of the pandemic. In their contri­bution on The insti­tu­tional archi­tecture of the European Union (“Die insti­tu­tionelle Architektur der Europäischen Union”), Carsten Gerards and Wolfgang Wessels conclude that the European Council opened up new oppor­tu­nities for supra­na­tional integration by agreeing on the EU recovery fund during a marathon meeting in July 2020.

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Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. Werner Weidenfeld/Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Wessels (Hrsg.):

Jahrbuch der Europäischen Integration 2020,

Nomos Verlag, Baden-Baden, 2020, 616 pages, brosch., 89,- Euro

The book can be ordered here.

ISBN 978–3‑8487–6721‑2


The “Yearbook of European Integration” is funded by the German Federal Foreign Office. The IEP alone is respon­sible for the contents.