European Integration and Public Goods

European Integration & Public Goods

Uniting diverse countries, economies and cultures under one overarching common concept requires undertaking collaborative efforts, defining shared responsibilities, and managing collective aspirations. Through careful examination of historical, political, and economic dynamics, the articles under this topic examine which tasks and responsibilities can be solved better and more efficiently at the EU level than at the member-state level, and where it makes sense to give priority to the principle of solidarity. It offers insights into the delicate balancing act of furthering and deepening integration, while at the same time safeguarding national interests and aspirations through careful management of public goods.

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Thirty Years of the European Single Market ‒ Achievements and Future Challenges

Stefano Micossi, Giuseppe Bertola, Marek Dabrowski, Mehtap Akgüç and Philippe Pochet, Lucia Quaglia and Amy Verdun, Iulia Siedschlag, Andreas Baur and Lisandra Flach

The 30th anniversary of the European Single Market provides an opportunity to celebrate its successes and review what is yet to be achieved. In the future, the European Single Market will play a decisive role in setting a framework of reliable social standards and common goals. It will ensure Europe’s resilience by helping companies adapt their supply chains to future risks and find new business opportunities. The concrete measures of social policy will be left to the member states.

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Mercantilist Policies for Climate Action?

Expert Opinion
The fight against climate change requires a combination of global efforts, including investments in renewable energy systems and other climate-neutral technologies. Given positive externalities and incomplete carbon pricing, there is a compelling argument for governments to support the production of such clean energy technologies. However, the location of production of these technologies should at best be determined by the comparative advantages of individual economies and is, at least from a global perspective, of secondary importance for global climate action.
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The Closure of Police Stations Leads to an Increase in Theft Crime


Sebastian Blesse and André Diegmann

The recent literature on law enforcement activities and police presence shows that the intensity of crime can be influenced by police availability and visibility. This study is one of the first to analyze the effects of police infrastructure on crime occurrence. Attempts to cut back on police infrastructures in the area in favor of supposed efficiency gains can therefore be accompanied by considerable side effects – in the form of an increase in reported property crimes. Thus, the present results can inform policymakers and practitioners about possible unintended side effects of efficiency-oriented restructuring of administrative infrastructures. These should be considered for future plans of an efficient and future-proof reorganization of police structures.

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Complex Europe: Quantifying the Cost of Disintegration

Gabriel Felbermayr, Jasmin Gröschl and Inga Heiland

On 1 January 2023, Croatia became the newest member of the Schengen Agreement of the European Union (EU) and also joined the Eurozone. This will not only mean a new currency and the elimination of border controls. It will also mean reductions in barriers to trade between Croatia and other EU member states. The Schengen Agreement and the Eurozone are part of the engine of European integration, namely the reduction of trading costs between the member countries in various dimensions as well as in trade with third countries. This includes the European Customs Union, the European Single Market, the Eurozone, the removal of customs barriers in the Schengen area and the EU’s free trade agreements with third countries.

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Institutions – Moving to the Global?


Harold James

There are three major challenges that today will force a rethinking of public goods: each of them may be thought of in terms of fundamental challenges to security, personal and national. One is the existential threat of climate change, and the bizarre geopolitical consequences of that change. The second is the impact of AI on labor market practices. AI is not only an obvious threat to employment, but also a security challenge. The third related challenge is the monetary revolution that is being produced by new technologies such as blockchain, and the consequent possibility of generating non-state moneys.

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