Justice & home affairs

Europe after Brexit: Unleashed or undone?

Europe after Brexit: Unleashed or undone?

Ian Bond, Sophia Besch, Agata Gostyńska-Jakubowska, Rem Korteweg, Camino Mortera-Martinez, Simon Tilford
15 April 2016
If Britain left the EU, the character of the Union would change. The UK has driven economic liberalisation and foreign policy co-operation, and has made the EU's machinery more efficient.

Doomed: Five reasons why the EU-Turkish refugee deal will not work

24 March 2016
The EU-Turkish refugee deal is unlikely to work, because of legal and practical reasons. The EU will need to go back to its initial strategy.
The refugee crisis: Fixing Schengen is not enough

The refugee crisis: Fixing Schengen is not enough

17 February 2016
Europe's refugee crisis is a foreign policy crisis with domestic spill-over; it has to be solved abroad as well as at home.
Big data, Big Brother? How to secure Europeans' safety and privacy

Big data, Big Brother? How to secure Europeans' safety and privacy

04 December 2015
To keep Europeans safe and respect their privacy, the EU needs to improve its relationship with America and the functioning of the European Parliament.

Britain, immigration and Brexit

30 November 2015
If the UK quits the EU, it will be because British politicians have pandered to anti-immigrant sentiment rather than addressing the supply-side failures that drive it.
Adrift: The impact of the ECJ’s Safe Harbour ruling

Adrift: The impact of the ECJ's Safe Harbour ruling

30 November 2015
The Court's decision to invalidate a transatlantic agreement on data flows could fragment the internet, harm Europe's digital single market and threaten the EU's geopolitical interests.
Merkel after Paris

Merkel after Paris

Christian Odendahl, Sophia Besch
20 November 2015
Merkel's relatively open and liberal stance on refugees makes it easier for her to respond robustly to the attacks in France through security and foreign policy.
Terrorism in Paris: Aux armes, citoyens?

Terrorism in Paris: Aux armes, citoyens?

17 November 2015
The West should draw the right lessons from the Paris attacks. A military response to Daesh in Syria must be combined with better European intelligence co-operation.
In-work benefits

In-work benefits for EU migrants: How the British government dug itself into a hole

10 November 2015
The UK could make both Britons and EU migrants wait four years before having access to in-work benefits, but the ECJ might still rule it illegal.
Refugee crisis

Europe’s refugee crisis: Chronicle of a death foretold

08 September 2015
To solve the refugee crisis, the EU should adopt a strategy that combines foreign policy and integration schemes. It should also reform its asylum law.
Legal options

Thomas Cromwell or the executioner's axe? Options for a Grexit

Agata Gostyńska-Jakubowska, Camino Mortera-Martinez
10 July 2015
EU lawyers are working to find a creative way to accommodate a Grexit if it becomes inevitable. None of the options are legally watertight or desirable.
EU security measures

Know your enemy: How to break the EU’s gridlock on security measures

03 June 2015
If the EU wants to tackle the threat of terrorism effectively, MEPs should be given adequate access to confidential information.
EU migrants

Dead in the water: Fixing the EU’s failed approach to Mediterranean migrants

23 April 2015
The humanitarian crisis in the Mediterranean forces the EU to act. It should reform its asylum policy and take action in Libya, not resort to half measures.
Annual report 2014

Annual report 2014

02 February 2015
Charles Grant discusses three challenges facing the EU in 2015: the combined problems of Russia and Ukraine; the continuing fragility of the eurozone; and the growing risk of Brexit.

After Paris: What’s next for the EU’s counter-terrorism policy?

27 January 2015
After the Paris shootings, the EU should focus on advancing its already-agreed counter-terrorism agenda, while ensuring a fair balance between privacy and security.
Cameron's migration speech

Cameron's migration speech and EU law: Can he change the status quo?

04 December 2014
The reforms to the benefits system proposed by Cameron will be difficult to negotiate and may require treaty change. Reforms should not lead to a Brexit.
How free is free movement?

Free movement: Why Britain does not need to change the rules

27 November 2014
Free movement is good for Britain’s economy. Britain will struggle making the case for reform.
The European arrest warrant: A British affair

The European arrest warrant: A British affair

07 November 2014
The EAW is necessary for ensuring Britain’s security. Reforming the system would address existing flaws.