Martin Höpner

Adjunct Professor, Political Scientist and Research Group Leader at the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Societies, Cologne Germany

The European Pillar of Social Rights

On 24 May 2016 the European Commission published its ideas on the establishment of a European pillar of social rights. These documents had a long gestation. On his entry into office in July 2014, President Juncker had already promised a strengthening of the social dimension of the EU, and he reaffirmed his plans in September …

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Which powers back to the Member States?

With the White Paper on the Future of Europe, presented on 1 March (here), the European Commission avoids settling on a single reform concept, thus avoiding the danger of causing resistance ahead of the EU Summit in Rome and the 60th anniversary of the Treaties of Rome. Whatever the strategic intent, in terms of content …

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Co-determination before the European Court of Justice: No applause for the European Commission, please

On 24 January 2017, the highly-anticipated hearing concerning corporate co-determination (Erzberger vs TUI, C-566/15) took place before the Grand Chamber of the European Court of Justice (ECJ). TUI is a German-based transnational tourism corporate group. The plaintiff in the main proceedings, Mr. Erzberger, holds TUI shares worth 130 Euro and is suing “his” company for …

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