EU Affairs

EU Affairs Analysis


The Institute’s EU Affairs Programme monitors policy developments and election outcomes from across EU Member States, the priorities of the rotating Presidencies of the Council of the EU and ongoing issues of concern for the European Union, such as the rule of law and the rise of populism.


3rd June 2021

The Untapped Potential of the Single Market for Irish Enterprise

This webinar, which is the first in the Europe is Our Future series, co-organised by the IIEA and Enterprise Ireland, explores the previously untapped opportunities for Irish businesses within the Single Market.
1min
27th May 2021

Reflections on Ireland, Europe and the ‘Northern Ireland Problem’

Lisa Claire Whitten is the winner of the inaugural Brendan Halligan Emerging Scholar award, for her essay on the topic of ‘Reflections on Ireland and Europe’.
1min
27th May 2021

‘State of the Union’ Address from Minister Simon Coveney to the IIEA

Minister for Foreign Affairs and Minister for Defence, Simon Coveney, delivered a ‘State of the Union’ address to the IIEA on Thursday, 13 May 2021, in which he examined the state of the European Union as it recovers from the COVID-19 crisis.
9min
26th May 2021

Europe in 2021: French Perspectives

The French Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs, Jean-Yves Le Drian and French Minister of State for European Affairs, Clément Beaune, offer a French perspective on the future direction of the European Union.
4min
26th May 2021

The Role of Think Tanks in the Age of Misinformation

Marking the IIEA’s 30th Anniversary, the IIEA gathers heads of leading European think tanks to discuss the spread of misinformation on the era of so-called ‘fake news’ and the challenges this poses for policymakers, thinktanks and civil society.
2min
20th May 2021

The View from the Home Nations: Assessing the Scottish and Welsh Elections’ Impact on East-West and EU-UK Relations

Following the recent Scottish and Welsh elections, this blog assesses the future of East-West and EU-UK relations considering the return of both Nicola Sturgeon and Mark Drakeford to power.
8min
18th May 2021

Porto 2021 – A New EU Social Commitment

This blog discusses the outcome of the EU Social Summit, which took place in Porto on 7 May 2021.
8min
17th May 2021

Ireland in a Changing European Union

An Taoiseach Micheál Martin reflects on what EU membership has meant for Ireland, considers implications of recent changes, including Brexit, and set out Ireland’s ambitions in and for the European Union.
1min

EU Affairs Publications

27th May 2021

Reflections on Ireland, Europe and the ‘Northern Ireland Problem’

The Brendan Halligan Emerging Scholar Award is an initiative of the IIEA to honour the legacy of our Founder and President, Brendan Halligan. Lisa Claire Whitten is the winner of the inaugural award, for her essay on the topic of ‘Reflections on Ireland and Europe’. Lisa is a PhD candidate at Queen’s University Belfast, researching the impact of Brexit on the constitution of Northern Ireland.
1st October 2020

From Fragile Continent to Vital Union

This brief examines the major issues Commission President von der Leyen outlined in her inaugural State of the Union address to the European Parliament on 16 September 2020. It also analyses the options arising from her speech and their potential implications for the EU and for Ireland.
18th June 2020

The Multilateral Order Post-Covid: Expert Voices

The multilateral order as we have known it since the Second World War was already showing strains before the world was afflicted with the coronavirus pandemic. The unprecedented measures taken across the world to deal with the immediate crisis have only highlighted the need for a more thoroughgoing examination of this order. In this IIEA Expert Voices publication, ten foreign policy experts share short perspectives on the question of how COVID-19 pandemic will impact different aspects of the rules-based multilateral order.
13th May 2020

Judging the Eurozone: The Role of National Courts and the European Court of Justice in adjudicating on Europe’s Economic and Monetary Union

Much of the EU’s constitutional evolution from the foundation of the single currency two decades ago to the present day has centred on Economic and Monetary Union (EMU). In the years following the onset of the sovereign debt and banking crises in the EU, the European Court of Justice (ECJ) was regularly called into action to adjudicate on matters pertaining to EMU, with important consequences for our present moment. In this research paper, Professor Gavin Barrett of the UCD Sutherland School of Law notes that crisis-era ECJ rulings concerning general Eurozone developments necessitated rapid constitutional development of the EU’s legal and institutional frameworks. For example, the ECJ upheld the establishment of the European Stability Mechanism (ESM) in Pringle and confirmed the legality of the ECB’s Outright Monetary Transactions programme in Gauweiler.
25th October 2019

Angela Merkel: The Climate Chancellor?

Germany’s 2030 Climate Protection Programme was unveiled on 20 September 2019. This briefing outlines the context in which the programme was launched and how it fits into Angela Merkel’s legacy as the Climate Chancellor.
5th April 2019

Ireland and the Changing Global Foreign Direct Investment Landscape

In this paper for the IIEA, Frank Barry discusses five major developments in the external FDI landscape with a focus on their implications for the Irish economy.  

EU Affairs Past Events

14th May 2021

State of the Union

Minister Coveney delivers a ‘State of the Union’ address, in which he assesses the role of the EU in recent crises, and provides a perspective on the future.
14th May 2021

Finance for the Future: A Europe Day Address by Commissioner Mairead McGuinness

Commissioner McGuinness reflects on the impact of the COVID pandemic on how we bank and access finance and assesses the role of the financial system in meeting our Green Deal goals for a more green and digital future.
11th May 2021

Monetary Policy in Transition

In his address to the IIEA, Governor of the Bank of Portugal Mário Centeno assesses the monetary and fiscal policy responses of the European Union to the Coronavirus pandemic.
11th May 2021

Global Britain in a Competitive Age: A Vision for the UK

Minister Morton discusses the UK Integrated Review of security, defence, development and foreign policy.
19th April 2021

Strengthening Crisis Preparedness and Response to Disease Threats and Outbreaks

In her address, Dr Andrea Ammon outlines the role of the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control, as an EU agency, in responding to the COVID-19 pandemic
31st March 2021

Responding to Challenges and Looking to the Future

Minister for Public Expenditure & Reform, Michael McGrath TD discusses the Irish Government’s response to the challenges of Brexit and the global pandemic in a broader European and international setting.
26th March 2021

Towards European Strategic Autonomy?

A webinar address by Jim Cloos, Secretary-General of the Trans European Policy Studies Association (TEPSA), on European strategic autonomy.