EPRS Strategy By / September 9, 2016

The State of the Union [What Think Tanks are thinking]

This note offers links to commentaries, studies and reports on the topic from major international think tanks on the state of the EU and possible reforms.


Written by Marcin Grajewski,

Jean-Claude Juncker, President of the European Commission, delivers his annual State of the Union speech to the European Parliament on 14 September 2016, at a time when the EU faces several crises that are testing its ability to offer solutions to citizens. Britain’s recent vote to leave the EU, the migration crisis, continued economic stagnation, the rise of populism and xenophobia, and Russia’s assertive foreign policy are all major challenges prompting serious debate about future policy options.

This note offers links to commentaries, studies and reports on the topic from major international think tanks on the state of the EU and possible reforms. Publications on euro area reforms can be found in a previous edition of ‘What Think Tanks are Thinking.’ More papers the future of the EU-UK relations are available in another recent edition of this series.

A table with EU stars and a map

Europe after Brexit: A proposal for a continental partnership
Bruegel, September 2016

A flexible Europe after the Brexit vote
Carnegie Europe, September 2016

Comment rendre l’Europe à nouveau populaire?  Fondation Robert Schuman, September 2016

Future of the EU27: What to expect from this summer’s period of reflection
Centre for European Policy Studies, July 2016

Juncker’s weakness? His lack of vision for the future of the EU
Clingendael, July 2016

The need to re-engage Europe’s youth
European Policy Centre, July 2016

The state of the European Union 2016: Europe at the political crossroads
Fundación Alternativas, Friedrich Ebert Stiftung, June 2016

No time to waste in crafting a new narrative for Europe
Friends of Europe, July 2016

The EU, despite everything? European public opinion in the face of crisis (2005-2015)
Notre Europe – Jacques Delors Institute, June 2016

Europe and the people: Examining the EU’s democratic legitimacy
Foreign Policy Centre, June 2016

The EU Global Strategy: Going beyond effective multilateralism?
European Policy Centre, June 2016

Extrémismes, populismes et nationalismes à l’assaut de l’Europe
Fondation Robert Schuman, June 2016

Europe’s wake-up call
Friends of Europe, June 2016

Message to and from the European political leadership: Agreeing to disagree on strategy is a luxury the EU can no longer afford
Egmont, May 2016

Community: Discovering ties that bind
Policy Network, May 2016

Making sense of Europe’s cohesion challenge
European Council on Foreign Relations, May 2016

Participatory democracy in the EU: Obstinate or obsolete?
College of Europe, May 2016

A proposal for Europe
LUISS School for European Political Economy, April 2016

The parliamentarisation of the EU’s economic policy
Clingendael, April 2016

Differentiated integration: Different routes to EU cooperation
Advisory Council on International Affairs, April 2016

Democracy and legitimacy in the EU: Challenges and options
Istituto Affari Internazionali, February 2016

Deutschland und Frankreich. Der Neustart des europäischen Motors
Stiftung Genshagen, January 2016

2015: “Annus horribilis” pour l’Union européenne ?
Terra Nova, January 2016

A multi-speed EU? An institutional and legal assessment
Istituto Affari Internazionali, December 2015

Euroscepticism and europhobia: The threat of populism
Fondation Robert Schuman, December 2015

Blocked for good by the threat of treaty change? Perspectives for reform in the European Union
Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik, November 2015

The state of Europe 2015: Addressing Europe’s crises: Policy crossroads
Friends of Europe, November 2015

Centripetal forces in Europe: Cartography
Foundation for European Progressive Studies, November 2015

What do the people want? Opinions, moods and preferences of European citizens
Bertelsmann Stiftung, October 2015

The EU and referenda: Structural incompatibility?
Notre Europe – Jacques Delors Institute, September 2015

What government for the European Union? Five themes for reflection and action
Istituto Affari Internazionali, September 2015

Europe behind (mis)understandings
Barcelona Centre for International Affairs, September 2015

Faith in European project reviving: but most say rise of eurosceptic parties is a good thing
Pew Research Centre, June 2015

2014 European elections: an upsurge in Europhobia or business as usual?
Notre Europe – Jacques Delors Institute, May 2015

More integration, less federation: the European integration of core state powers
Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies – European University Institute, May 2015

Which federalism for Europe?  Centre Maurits Coppieters, April 2015

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