The Research Division European Integration examines the strategies, negotiations and constitutive decision-making processes related to the process of integration undertaken by the institutions and member states of the European Union (EU).

Its work concentrates on three core subjects:

Development of the EU's primary law and socio-political basis

  • Efforts to render the European institutions, instruments and procedures more effective and democratic
  • European »soft law«, inter-institutional agreements and reforms to rules of procedure as part of the development of European primary law
  • The changing role of the European Parliament and national parliaments
  • Right-wing populist, nationalistic and eurosceptic parties in the EU

Decision-making processes, negotiation results and problems of implementation in key policy fields

  • Reform of European Economic and Social Policy within the framework of the Monetary Union
  • European Energy, Climate and Environmental Policy
  • Reform of the European financial constitution
  • Lisbon Process and Open Method of Coordination
  • Linkage of supranational and intergovernmental structures, instruments and processes in the EU's external relations
  • Realisation of the Hague Programme for the establishment of an area of freedom, security and justice

Preferences and actions of state and civil-society actors in the EU member states

  • Intercultural and -religious processes and conflicts
  • Efforts to render German European Policy more effective
  • Processes of direct democracy in European Policy
  • Franco-German cooperation in European Policy
  • German cooperation with Italy, Spain, Britain and the Visegrad states, as well as with the Baltic, Nordic and Benelux states

The Research Division is a partner in the project »Europakommunikation und Europäische Vorausschau« directed by the European Movement, Germany. It participates in the Network of Excellence EU-CONSENT« and in the Project »The Fabric of EU Governance« as well as in the publication of the »European Political Economy Review« (EPER) and Eurozone Watch. The Division leads the project »Fifty Years of Inter-Parliamentary Cooperation: Progressing towards Effective Cross-Level Parliamentarism? (I.PA.COO-50) and coordinates the EPC/SWP Brussels policy debates. Within the Framework of the Sixth Framework Research Programme, the Division is part of the international cooperation project »Understanding Privatisation Policy - Political Economy and Welfare Effects«.

The research division is heading the Work Package 4 “Defining an Interest: The European Union and the High North” of the research programme GeoPolitics in the High North 2008-2012.

SWP Comments

Jens Bastian
Greece: Light at the End of the Tunnel

Paweł Tokarski
Economic Reforms in France

Bleak Macroeconomic Data Is Shaking Politics in Paris and Cementing France’s Traditional Approach towards the Economic and Monetary Union

SWP Research Papers

Severin Fischer, Oliver Geden
Moving Targets

Negotiations on the EU’s Energy and Climate Policy Objectives for the Post-2020 Period and Implications for the German Energy Transition

Oliver Geden
Modifying the 2°C Target

Climate Policy Objectives in the Contested Terrain of Scientific Policy Advice, Political Preferences, and Rising Emissions