The ‘euro toolkit’: How to save Schengen in four key steps


europp-footerThe European Commission presented proposals on 15 December 2015 related to the Schengen area and the Frontex border agency, with the European Council due to meet on 17-18 December 2015 to discuss the proposals and how to resolve the ongoing refugee crisis. In light of the proposed reforms, Valentin Kreilinger writes that Europe’s handling of the Eurozone crisis offers four key insights for attempts to manage the current crisis which, if implemented correctly, could help remedy the design flaws contained within the Schengen system.

Article on the LSE EUROPP Blog

Schulz on collision course with Cameron over national parliaments’ role

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Photo credit: European Parliament / Flickr (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0) / EurActiv,fr /, 20 November 2015


“The introduction of a ‘red card’ mechanism would significantly alter the constitutional equilibrium in the EU and transform national parliaments into a collective veto player that could block the European Commission’s legislative initiatives, said Valentin Kreilinger, a research fellow at the Jacques Delors Institute. Continue reading

David Cameron’s proposal to give national parliaments a ‘red card’ over EU laws is deeply flawed

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Photo credit: Number 10 / Flickr (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)

David Cameron has sent a letter to the President of the European Council, Donald Tusk, outlining the key elements that he will seek in a renegotiation of the UK’s EU membership.

As Valentin Kreilinger writes, one of Cameron’s demands is to strengthen the role of national parliaments in the EU’s legislative process, with the provision of a so called ‘red card’ mechanism that would allow groups of parliaments to effectively veto new proposals.

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The UK wants to play cards: Stronger national parliaments in the EU


In an guest article for the series about David Cameron’s reform demands on Manuel Müller’s blog “Der (europäische) Föderalist”, I wrote about the “red card” idea (Link).

European Council conclusions on reforming the Economic and Monetary Union: A comparison between 2012 and 2015



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Cooperation instead of coercion on the refugee quota


This blog post is the short version of my proposal to use “enhanced cooperation” in the refugee crisis instead of a qualified majority vote and shows how a rarely used treaty provision could be applied in the current refugee crisis. A longer blog post was published by the Jacques Delors Institut – Berlin on 21 September 2015 and an op-ed appeared in the German daily Frankfurter Rundschau on 22 September 2015.

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#SOTEU: Der Kommissionspräsident als Feuerwehrmann und Architekt


20150914_SOTEU_Valtentin-624x401In seiner ersten Rede zur Lage der Europäischen Union legte Jean-Claude Juncker am 9.9.2015 seine politischen Prioritäten dar. Valentin Kreilinger erläutert in diesem Blogpost, wie sich diese 2010 eingeführte Tradition in das institutionelle System der EU einfügt und welche die Rolle die Rede des Kommissionspräsidenten spielt.

Blogpost für das Jacques Delors Institut – Berlin

Asymmetric parliamentary powers: the case of the third rescue package for Greece



In his blog post, Valentin Kreilinger provides an overview of the participation of national parliaments on the third package for Greece. He shows that parliamentary power in the euro area is distributed asymmetrically. Only the German Bundestag votes on the start and the result of negotiations. In Estonia, Finland and Austria, deliberation and voting is confined partly or entirely to committees. Other national parliaments play an even smaller role, or none at all.

Link to the Article: Jacques Delors Institut – Berlin, in English and German

National parliaments in the negotiations on an ESM programme with Greece


The info-graphic to my new blog post for the Jacques Delors Institut – Berlin, also published by the Hertie School of Governance (Link):