Editorials

This section of the Integrating Diversity in the European Union (InDivEU) website provides a list of all editorials included in the bi-annual project bulletin.

Does differentiated integration improve citizens’ assessment of the European Union?

Frank Schimmelfennig and Dominik Schraff, ETH Zürich

Brussels, European FlagsStudies of differentiated integration share the assumption that differentiation helps the EU to adjust to the growing heterogeneity of its member states and contestation of its policies. By making it possible that some states move ahead with integration while others stay behind, differentiated integration takes into account diverse national integration preferences and capacities. Differentiated integration facilitates intergovernmental agreement and enables states to integrate at the level they need, prefer and are able to handle. It thus increases not only the problem-solving and decision-making efficiency of the EU, but also its legitimacy as a voluntary community of states and peoples. Read more…

The Challenge of Integrating Diversity in the European Union

Brigid Laffan, Director of Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies at the European University Institute

Girl with an EU flagIn January 2018, the Schuman Centre together with colleagues from a very strong consortium of scholars launched a three-year H2020 project on Integrating Diversity in the European Union (InDivEU).

The key concept is Differentiated Integration (DI), which refers to individual countries (both EU members and non-members) having different levels of involvement in particular policy fields, as well as different degrees of institutional engagement and participation. Read more…