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WSI: Key research topics: Europe and European policies

The research area monitors economic, social and political developments on the European level and evaluates the consequences, risks and opportunities for employees, households, firms and the future of the welfare state.

The development of transnational European industrial relations provides an opportunity to increase the scope for shaping policy on companies, collective bargaining and trade unions in response to the constraints imposed by globalisation. The WSI promotes the development of European Works Councils and the Europeanisation of collective bargaining.

Main research topics

economic and financial policy issues in Europe - EU democratic deficit - monitoring of EU decisions - impact of European institutions (ECJ, ECHR, ECB) - transnational labour relations and national working and living conditions

Selected Publications

WSI Report 52, 09/2019 : Pragmatic solutions to save the euro

The reform of the euro zone is stuck. Against the background of political blockades, Daniel Seikel (WSI) and Achim Truger (University Duisburg-Essen) examine from a combined economic and political science perspective how the Euro can be prepared for the next crisis and develop a proposal of how, under the given circumstances, the room for maneuver within the existing framework of economic and monetary union can be extended in a pragmatic way in order to strengthen national fiscal policy as an instrument of macroeconomic stabilization.

Journal of European Integration : Patterns of pooling and delegation after the crisis: old and new asymmetries

European integration after the euro crisis: Restoration of national control or upgrade of supranational autonomy? Daniel Seikel (WSI) analyses the key institutions of the reformed European economic governance,finding that control over risk-reducing and market-making institutions has been delegated to supranational institutions whereas control over risk-sharing and market-correcting institutions has remained in the hands of the member states.