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The European Union at 60 [What Think Tanks are thinking]

Written by Marcin Grajewski,

60 Years EU

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Heads of State or Government of the EU-27 marked the 60th anniversary of the European Union’s founding Treaty of Rome on 25 March 2017, with pledges to seek closer unity, improve internal and external security, boost economic growth and employment, reduce social inequalities and bolster the bloc’s global role. Their Rome Declaration outlines principles to help re-launch the Union after its recent economic and migration crises, last year’s Brexit vote, and the shock effect of Donald Trump’s election as US President.

This note offers links to recent commentaries, studies and reports from major international think tanks on the state of the EU and possible reforms. Earlier studies on the challenges facing the EU can be found in a February edition of ‘What Think Tanks are Thinking.’

The Rome Declaration: An imperfect display of unity
European Policy Centre, March 2017

The long road to peace: Europe at 60
European Council on Foreign Policy, March 2017

What future for Europe at its anniversary?
German Marshall Fund, March 2017

60th anniversary of the Treaties of Rome: What now for the EU?
Bertelsmann Stiftung, March 2017

60 years after Rome: How is the EU really doing?
Friends of Europe, March 2017

Can core Europe move forward without a core?
German Marshall Fund, March 2017

EU60 La pédagogie de l’interdépendance
Confrontations Europe, March 2017

The awakening
Friends of Europe, March 2017

Sixty years later European integration has benefited EU countries
Rand Corporation, March 2017

L’Europe dont nous avons besoin
Institut Montaigne, March 2017

The closing of the European mind, and how to reopen it
Carnegie Europe, March 2017

Brexit and a multi-speed Europe: A lawyer’s perspective

Bertelsmann Stiftung, Jacques Delors Institute Berlin, March 2017

Something is moving in the EU (at various speeds)
Barcelona Centre for International Affairs, March 2017

What future for Europe?
Bruegel, March 2017

As the U.K. prepares to leave, is Europe disintegrating after 60 Years?
German Marshall Fund, March 2017

A Franco-German defence deal for Europe
Carnegie Europe, March 2017

What a Le Pen win would look like for France and the EU
Chatham House, March 2017

Rome’s reality check: The next 60 years will be an uphill struggle
Friends of Europe, March 2017

European spring: Trust in the EU and democracy is recovering
Bruegel, March 2017

European identity and the economic crisis
Bruegel, March 2017

Europe: Looking back, looking forward
Carnegie Europe, March 2017

Differentiated integration: A way forward for Europe
Instituto Affari Internazionali, March 2017

Differentiated integration and the EU: A variable geometry legitimacy
Instituto Affari Internazionali, March 2017

Differentiation in CFSP: Potential and limits
Instituto Affari Internazionali, March 2017

Police and border controls cooperation at the EU level: Dilemmas, opportunities and challenges of a differentiated approach
Instituto Affari Internazionali, March 2017

Juncker’s White Paper has the answers, and that is the great tragedy
Heinrich Böll Stiftung, March 2017

EU at a crossroads: European Commission lays out 5 scenarios for the Union’s future
Polish Institute for International Affairs, March 2017

A more powerful European Council: Old and new trends
Finnish Institute of International Affairs, March 2017

Trump needs a strong European partner
Atlantic Council, March 2017

A message to Europe: Let’s stick together
Atlantic Council, March 2017

Regroup and reform: Ideas for a more responsive and effective European Union
Centre for European Policy Studies, February 2017

The lessons of 60 years of ‘Rome’ and 25 years of ‘Maastricht’
Clingendael, February 2017

More Union in European Union
Friedrich Ebert Stiftung, Centre for European Policy Studies, February 2017

La UE ante uno de sus años más difíciles
Fundacion Real Instituto Elcano, February 2017

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