New EU Commission

Ursula von der Leyen’s To-Do List
Ursula von der Leyen’s To-Do List

In the new Commission, inter-institutional relations should form a commissioner’s full portfolio

by Daniela Schwarzer | Europe, Institutions of the EU

One of incoming European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen's top priorities is “a new push for European democracy.” Strengthening the EU's democratic legitimacy will require her to make sure that the EU delivers on citizens’ expectations, including by cooperating constructively with the European Parliament.


Divided in Diversity
Divided in Diversity

Overcoming Europe’s Incoherence in National Approaches to Civilian CSDP

by Carina Böttcher, Marie Wolf

Despite 15 years of mission practice, EU member states are often reluctant to commit considerable resources to civilian CSDP. One reason for this is the fact that EU member states diverge considerably on the role and strategic relevance they attribute to civilian crisis management in general, and civilian CSDP specifically. This divergence hampers a common understanding on the future direction of civilian CSDP, which is direly needed to strengthen it through the Civilian CSDP Compact.

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