"The Swedish Model at the Crossroads?" was the question addressed by international scholars and MPIfG researchers who met for a conference in Cologne in July 2014. Reflecting on current developments, they discussed whether Sweden can still be considered a model universal welfare state and what direction the "Swedish model" might take in the future. While everyone present agreed that there has been substantial institutional transformation in Sweden, they disagreed about its implications. Philip Mehrtens organized the conference.
In July 2014, the Fritz Thyssen Foundation awarded its second prize to Daniel Seikel for his study of how the European Commission enforces supranational competition law ("Wie die Europäische Kommission supranationales Recht durchsetzt: Der Konflikt um die Liberalisierung des öffentlich-rechtlichen Bankenwesens in Deutschland," Politische Vierteljahresschrift, 54/2). Every year, the Fritz Thyssen Awards honor the best social science articles in German-language scholarly journals. Daniel Seikel was a doctoral student at the MPIfG from 2008 to 2012 and is now Head of the European Policy Research Unit at the Institute of Economic and Social Research (WSI) of the Hans Böckler Foundation in Düsseldorf.