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Policy Papers 

In its series of Policy Papers, CIFE focuses on research projects, which comply with its academic heritage, tradition, competence and interest: European integration is still a challenge for further research, as well with regard to its internal structures as a political system sui generis as to its policies; federalism is still a key to seize specific features of the EU system, and needs to be reshaped in order to apply to innovative systemic evolutions. 
Europe in the framework of international relations is a second focus CIFE will concentrate on, as well as the role of Franco-German relationship for European integration, internally and with regard to Europeanisation and globalisation. A third Focus is laid on societal developments, concerning social, demographic, environmental aspects, prospects of sustainable development or underlying doctrines, philosophies and mentalities.
These papers are available for open Access on our Website. CIFE publishes an annual collection of the papers once a year.


latest publications:


The hour of Europe has not yet passed: The need for a proactive EU policy in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kristian L. Nielsen

Policy Paper de recherche available here


Les enjeux de la dette publique au sein de l‘Union européenne, Jean-Claude Vérez

Policy Paper in French only available here


Crise du covid et lutte contre le changement climatique, Laurent Baechler

Policy Paper in French only available here


A propos de souveraineté, Claude Nigoul

Policy Paper in French only available here


Le hirak algérien. Quelques éléments de décryptage, Karima Dirèche

Policy Paper in French only available here


Hungary and the Rule of Law - What is the best way to restore compliance with the EU core values?, Magda Stumvoll

Policy Paper available here


L‘enjeu des corona et euro bonds dans la zone euro, Laurent Baechler, Arnaud Leconte and Jean-Claude Vérez

Policy Paper in French only available here


Les économies africaines face au covid-19: quel mécanisme d'accompagnement de la part de l'UE? Moussa Khoré Traore

Policy Paper in French only available here


Scotland, the UK and Brexit - At a Constitutional Crossroads: What Next for Scotland?, Paul Anderson & Soeren Keil

Policy Paper available here


Same-Sex Marriage in the British Isles: A Heterogenous Legislative Process, Paul Bartholomew

Policy Paper available here


L‘enjeu de l‘intégration économique euro-méditerranéenne, Messaoud Boudhiaf

Policy Paper available here in French only


La lutte contre le terrorisme au Sahel : quel rôle pour l’UE ?, Mamadou Camara, Moussa Khoré Traoré


The main objective of this note is to contribute to the problem of combating terrorism in the Sahel. It addresses the role of the UE through the presentation of its strategies. It also discusses and analyzes its contribution to the training and operational capacity building of the armed forces of the countries concerned, on the one hand, and on the other, it finances socio-economic development programs. In addition, this note proposes a new economic partnership between the UE and the Sahel countries, sources of inclusive growth and development, to effectively combat terrorism.

Policy Paper available here in French only


The European Green Deal: Winning the Climate Change, Gabrielle Heyvaert


The European Green New Deal unveiled in December 2019 by the President of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, is an ambitious roadmap to undertake the ecological and energy transition of the European Union. The means have to be commensurate to the stakes: achieving carbon neutrality in Europe by 2050 while seeking for economic growth and, meanwhile, being a climate champion worldwide. The purpose of this article is to provide an overview of the European Green Deal agenda and challenges.

Policy Paper available here


Low carbon energy transition as a driver and solution to energy poverty and injustice, Rachel Guyet


Energy poverty is a major social phenomenon in Europe, reflecting increasing inequalities. Energy transition, on the other hand, is the ongoing energy transformation process that could result in worsening existing energy poverty patterns if it fails to be framed in a fairer and more inclusive perspective. Alternative energy transition models are emerging at local levels to help address the justice principles underpinning a successful energy transition trajectory. 

Policy Paper available here


The Western Balkans, the reform of the accession process and grands débats on the Future of Europe: waiting for Godot or engaging more strategically?, Florent Marciacq


The French decision to oppose the opening of accession negotiations with Albania and North Macedonia in October 2019 has opened a debate on the reform of the accession process. The Western Balkans Six would be ill-advised to “wait and see” what a Deus ex machina solution Paris and other capitals will advance. What they need at this critical moment is a more strategic approach from their side, a plan of action of their own, creatively putting forth their contribution to the making of Europe and their vision of the future of Europe. Pushing for solidarity in the accession process could be just what they need to become members of a stronger Union. 

Policy Paper available here


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