Since its founding in 1959, the Institute for European Politics (IEP) has been a non-profit organisation dedicated to the study of European integration. It is located in Berlin, one of the leading
foreign and European policy research centres in the Federal Republic of Germany and serves as a forum for exchange between academia, politics, administration and political education.
The IEP’s mission is to apply scholarly research to issues of European politics and integration, propose ways forward and promote the practical implementation of its research findings. The IEP fulfils this mission by conducting research projects and public events, conferences and seminars on European politics and policy, establishing and supporting study groups, publishing research and other materials such as concepts for education and training in European politics, and cooperating with like-minded organisations.
Current research projects of the IEP include the Horizon 2020 project “SEnECA – Strengthening and Energizing EU-Central Asia Relations”, “The Relaunch of Europe. Mapping Member State Reform Interests”, a pan-European study that analyses the willingness to deepen European integration in the coming years, “Europeanization beyond process – Berlin Policy Hub” that brings
together policy research organisations from Eastern Partnership countries with their counterparts and decision-makers in the EU capitals, “Alternative Europa!” that has initiated a youthful and bold
debate on the future of the European project and “TruLies – The Truth about Lies on Europe”, a project that exposes the prejudices in the German debate on Europe and checks the arguments of Eurosceptics for their truthfulness.
Training series such as the “Civic School for Sound EU Practice (CiSEP) in Ukraine” place a focus on local workshops while projects such as the “Platform for Analytics and Intercultural Communication” (PAIC), Strengthening the National Identity of Moldova within the EU association process (MIDEU) and the “German-American Dialogue on the Post-Soviet Space (DADPOSO)” promote international cooperation, exchange and the creation of think tank synergies. In addition, the IEP organises “Public Debates” with distinguished speakers and other experts from academia,
government and administration of member states and EU institutions on key topics of the current agenda of European politics and early bird events with young scientists. The IEP also organises bi- and multilateral fora including the “German-Nordic-Baltic Forum”, “German-Portuguese Forum”
and the German-Hungarian Forum as well as other events such as “Ukraine Breakfast Debates”. It also is the scientific partner of Europa-Union’s “Civil Dialogues” that promote the dialogue on the future of the European Union between citizens, experts and politicians.
The IEP’s publications include the annual “Yearbook of European Integration” that documents and balances the European integration process since 1980, the “Handbook on Germany’s European Policy”, a unique handbook in which 38 authors analyse Germany’s European Policy, and the academic quarterly journal “integration” that deals with the political dimension of fundamental contemporary issues in European integration from a practical and academic perspective. In addition to print publications, Online and Research Papers and the “German European Policy Series” are published online.
The institute is a founding member of the Trans-European Policy Studies Association (TEPSA) and has been a member of the German European Movement since 1962.