Past events at the Institut für Europäische Politik (IEP) – Summer 2016

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First workshop of the German-American Dialogue on the post-Soviet space: “Assessing the state of European integration and potential for transatlantic cooperation”

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From July 5th to July 6th the first workshop of the German-American Dialogue on the post-Soviet space was held in Berlin. More than forty experts and practitioners in the field from Germany, the United States, Georgia, Latvia, Romania and Moldova came together to discuss the U.S. and EU policies towards the post-Soviet space.

The conference was devoted to the challenges of transformation in the countries of the EU’s Eastern Neighborhood, specifically in Moldova, and the EU and U.S. interests, policies and instruments towards the region. A central question in the discussion was how real transformation in the countries of the post-Soviet space could be supported. In this context, the use of conditionality and increased pressure for reform, as well as the prospect of EU membership and the outcomes of the “more for more” policy were discussed. Furthermore, a recurring topic of the discussion was Russia’s role in the region and the consequences for the target countries as well as the policies of the EU and the U.S..

The workshop was the first of four workshops in the framework of the German-American Dialogue on the post-Soviet space. The project is realized in cooperation with the German Marshall Fund of the United States, with support of the Transatlantik-Programm of the Federal Republic of Germany.

Second workshop of the project “Alternative Europe!“

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The European Academy Otzenhausen (EAO) hosted the second workshop within the framework of the “Alternative Europe/EAO – focus on European politics education 2016-2020” on June 28th and 29th 2016. The project is run by the ASKO Europa-Stiftung (AES) and the EAO in cooperation with the Institute for European Politics (IEP). Based on the findings of the previous workshop in Saarbrücken in April 2016, fifteen participants from the EAO, ASKO Europa Stiftung, and Young European Federalists (JEF), discussed European politics with representatives of the IEP and academics. The objective was to identify subjects, which would become increasingly relevant for the educational purposes of the EAO.

International Conference on “The EU, Central Asia and the Caucasus in the International System” took place in Almaty, Kazakhstan

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On 30 and 31 August 2016, the international conference “The EU, Central Asia and the Caucasus in the International System” (EUCACIS) took place in Almaty (Kazakhstan). The conference served as the kick-off event for the identically named PhD Support Programme which is jointly organised by the Centre international de formation européenne (CIFE) and the Institut für Europäische Politik (IEP) and funded by the Volkswagen Foundation and the Erasmus+ Programme of the European Commission. The event also profited from financial support of the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung.

The conference has been attended by experts and contributors from Central Asia, the Southern Caucasus, Europe, China, India and Russia who discussed various aspects of the relations between the EU, Central Asia and the Caucasus as well as current developments and challenges in policy fields such as water, resources and trade, security and foreign policy.

Workshops: “Training The Trainers on EU Project Cycle Management” for members of Ukrainian Civil Society Organisations, August/September, Lviv and Chernihiv

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In April the first of eight workshops of the Institute for European Politics (IEP) “Training The Trainers on EU Project Cycle Management” (TTT on EU-PCM) for 30 members of the Ukrainian Civil Society started in Kyiv. Since then four more were successfully implemented in Kyiv, Lviv and Chernihiv. Responsible for the implementation of the workshops is Martin Stein, Project Manager at IEP.

The two most recent trainings took place in Lviv (8-10 August) and Chernihiv (9-11 September) and marked the half-time of the training series. They dealt with the final aspects to successfully apply for funds to the European Union: Writing the full application and preparing as well as running a budget according to the EU requirements. For this experts from the Western Balkans were invited to share their experience and knowledge with the participants.

The training series is part of IEPs ongoing EU-Association capacity building projects in Ukraine and belongs to its Civic School for Sound EU Practice (CiSEP), that launched a year ago and works with members of the Ukrainian Civil Society to enable them to effectively monitor the association process and to apply for EU funds available to Ukraine as well as to plan, organise and implement projects according to the requirements of the EU. The last part belongs to the “TTT on EU-PCM” where the participants are also receive sessions on how to successfully prepare and implement trainings to provide them with the skills and tools to pass on their knowledge to fellow members of the Ukrainian civil society.

The final three workshops will take place from October to November in Odessa and Kyiv.

The training series is organised in close cooperation with the Polissya Foundation for International and Regional Studies, based in Chernihiv, and locally with the Lviv branch of Civil Network OPORA.

The project is kindly supported by the German Federal Foreign Office.

For more information on the project see our website.

Half-time of EU association training series in the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine

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The 5th capacity development training for staffers of Ukrainian parliamentary committees was successfully carried out by Constanze Aka from 30 June till 1 July in Kyiv, Ukraine.

Exactly six months after the Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Area (DCFTA) entered into force, participants had the opportunity to debate principles and progress of DCFTA implementation with trade experts and government representatives. They laid special focus on the DCFTA chapters “Market Access for Goods” and “Customs and Trade Matters”.
Furthermore, the group discussed challenges and opportunities regarding parliamentary EU coordination and interparliamentary diplomacy.

Overall, the training series aims at strengthening the capacities of the Verkhovna Rada to effectively contribute to the implementation of the Association Agreement. Halfway through the workshop series this is how participants see it: “Thank you very much for an interesting training! You always invite very interesting speakers who can share their knowledge and experience with us. There is always good balance and mix of topics we discuss.”

The project is supported by the German Federal Foreign Office.

Report on Civil dialogue on „Europas Grenzen – Wir müssen reden!“ in Wuppertal

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The Institut für Europäische Politik operating under the leadership of Europa Union Deutschland (EUD) invited all those interested to a civil dialogue on „Europas Grenzen – Wir müssen reden!“ on 1. September 2016 in Wuppertal. The internal and external borders of the European Union were the topic at the core of the debate. Questions were related to the European border management and its current development: Does the European Project meet its limits? Is the European capacity to act, its solidarity and the future prospect of the European Idea under threat?

At the dialogue „Europas Grenzen – Wir müssen reden!“ citizens were enabled to discuss with politicians and experts about the future of Schengen, the freedom to travel, the even more fundamental freedom of movement, and also, how the migration crisis can be coped with on a European level. Will Europe become “Fortress Europe”? Are there viable alternatives? Do we need once again border controls, walls and fences? Or do these developments, in fact, jeopardise European solidarity and in the end maybe even our freedom? What about the achievements of free movement and open borders?

Further information about the event and about the EUD series are available here and on our website.

IEP Lunch Debate with Manuel Sarrazin, MP: “European Populism in Germany”, 20 September 2016 in Berlin

In the course of the project “TruLies – The Truth about Lies on Europe” of the Institute for European Politics (IEP) in cooperation with Das Progressive Zentrum we hosted a IEP Lunch Debate with Manuel Sarrazin, MP (member of the Alliance ’90/The Greens parliamentary group in the Bundestag) who spoke on the topic “European Populism in Germany”.

Bernhard Schnittger, Deputy Head of the European Commission’s Representation in Germany welcomed the audience and Dr Funda Tekin, Centre international de formation européenne (CIFE), commented on the talk. The event was moderated by Dr Katrin Böttger, Deputy Director of the IEP.

IEP Public Debate with Prof. Nathalie Tocci: “Europe’s Global Strategy – its making, its objectives and implementation”, 23 September 2016 in Berlin

On 23 September 2016 the IEP hosted a Public Debate with Prof. Nathalie Tocci, Deputy Director of the Istituto Affari Internazionali (IAI), Rome, on the topic “Europe’s Global Strategy – its making, its objectives and implementation” at the Europäisches Haus in Berlin.

Meeting of the IEP’s Academic Advisory Board and Young Academic Advisory Board, 29/30 September 2016 in Berlin

This year’s meeting of the IEP’s Academic Advisory Board will take place on 29 and 30 September. Since 2015, refugee flows towards Europe of hitherto unknown dimensions have caused considerable internal and external challenges to the European Union. The aim of this year’s conference is to promote the exchange of different ideas and viewpoints of the members of the Academic Advisory Board on the consequences of refugee flows.

For the first time, and parallel to the annual conference of the Academic Advisory Board, a special meeting for young experts will take place. This meeting is meant to provide a platform for representatives of political organizations and think tanks to discuss their ideas on the topic “Alternative Europa!”.

You will find further information on our website.

Recent publications from the Institut für Europäische Politik (IEP) – Summer 2016

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Handbook on Germany’s European Policy published

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The Handbook on Germany’s European Policy is published in times of multiple crises and rising skepticism and concerns about Germany’s ties with the European Union. In this context it emphasizes the importance of European integration and the political and economic benefits Germany is gaining from its EU membership. Furthermore, Germany has a great impact on shaping the European integration process and the EU’s policy-making processes.

In this unique handbook 38 authors are analyzing Germany’s European Policy, its broad lines and basic concepts in important EU policy fields as well as Germany’s domestic determinants, actors and most important bilateral relations to other EU member states. Therefore, this handbook proves to be a helpful guide for anyone who is dealing with various aspects of Germany’s European Policy in academic, political or practical ways.

You will find further information on our publication website or you visit Nomos-Verlag.

New paper within the framework of the project “Ukrainians in Poland and Germany” published

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Within the framework of the joined research project “Ukrainians in Poland and Germany – Civic and Political Engagement, Expectations, and Courses of Action”, Ljudmyla Melnyk, Magdalena Patalong and Richard Steinberg published a new paper on the topic “Ukrainian Diasporic Community in Germany: Main Characteristics and its Engagement for its Home Country”. The paper, which was released in the current issue of the Ukrainian online journal UA:Ukraine Analytica, deals with the role of the Ukrainian “diasporic community” in Germany.

You will find further information on the paper on our website.

Project “The Truth about Lies on Europe” – TruLies Blogposts

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“TruLies – The Truth about Lies on Europe” is a research project conducted by the Institute for European Politics in cooperation with the Progressive Zentrum and sponsored by Stiftung Mercator TruLies seeks to foster the rationalization of the growing populist and eurosceptic debate on Europe in Germany by deconstructing wrongful statements as well prejudices made by different parties on Europe and checking them against the facts.

In addition to that, the TruLies blogposts offer a genuine European perspective on Euroscepticism in other EU member states. Julia Klein and Claudia Chwalisz take a closer look on the political situation in Great Britain, namely the rise of UKIP and possible consequences of a NO-vote in the Brexit-referendum, whereas Dr. Julian Pänke makes a claim for a soft Brexit. Prof. Giorgia Bulli examines if populists are here to stay by comparing them in Germany and Italy and Prof. Emilia Zankina provides an interesting insight into Populism, Radical Right, and Socialist Nostalgia in Bulgarian Politics.

For more information on the project TruLies available here and here. You can also check the latest TruLies-blogposts .

German-Hungarian Forum, 25/26 October 2016 in Budapest

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On 25 and 26 October 2016, the 26th annual conference of the German-Hungarian Forum will be held in Budapest. This bilateral platform promotes the exchange of ideas and experiences between representatives and experts from politics, business, culture, science and civil society in Germany and Hungary. The aim of the forum is to discuss current issues of the social and economic development of both countries in an open dialogue, and to find common responses that also take the demands of European integration into account.

At the initiative of the European movements in Hungary and Germany, and under the leadership of the Institut für Europäische Politik, the first German-Hungarian Forum was conducted in June 1991 with the support of the then heads of government, József Antall and Helmut Kohl in Budapest. The German-Hungarian Forum is now one of the most important institutions in the societal dialogue between Germany and Hungary.

You will find up-to-date information on Facebook.

Further information on the German-Hungarian Forum as well as reports on the past annual conferences are also available on our website.

 

Recent publications from Institut für Europäische Politik (IEP) – Spring 2016

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Pocket Book “Europa von A bis Z”

IEP publication1The 14th edition of the IEP paperback classic “Europa von A bis Z” (in German) edited by Prof. Dr. Werner Weidenfeld and Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Wessels has been published. In over 70 contributions European experts explain on a sound academic basis all the important topics and terms from the politics, economy, and history of European unification. The articles include topics such as asylum and migration policy, Brexit, Euroscepticism and differentiated integration, and provide background information as well as reading suggestions and links.

Issue 1/2016 of integration

IEP publication2In the new issue of integration, Christian Rauh and Michael Zürn describe the politicization of the European Union and its potential to create a more democratic path of European integration. Oliver Höing illustrates the constraints of the European Stability Mechanism concerning the stabilization of the Euro zone. Ludwig Gramlich and Claudia Conen discuss new alternative solutions for the procedure of investor-state dispute settlement. Elmar Brok elaborates four megatrends and self-made problems as greatest threats to the existence of the European Union. Marius Michalski’s collective review discusses works on the European parliamentary election of 2014 and a further one by Christoph Schewe textbooks on European Union law. The ‘Arbeitskreis Europäische Integration’ reports on conferences about politicization and Europeanization as well as federal perspectives in the ongoing EU reform debate and on the ceremonial act in honour of Professor Dr. Dr. h.c. mult Peter-Christian Müller-Graff.

 

ENURC event: “The new Russia as a challenge for the European Policy”, 22 September 2015

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iep1aThe second event organised in the framework of the ENURC project was the Lunch Debate organised by the project partner IEP in Berlin. IEP organises “Lunch Debates” on key topics of the current agenda of European politics. On September 22, 2015 the ENURC IEP Lunch Debate was hosted in the representation office of the German state Saarland. The keynote speaker was Dr. h.c. Gernot Erler, member of the German Bundestag and coordinator for intersocietal cooperation with Russia, Central Asia and member countries of the Eastern Partnership. The debate on “The New Russia as a Challenge for European Politics” was moderated by Dr. Katrin Böttger, Deputy Director of the Institut für Europäische Politik (IEP).

Erler’s speech which was divided into three sections: the partnership with Russia, the Ukraine crisis and its significance for EU-Russia relations, and the future of these relations. According to Erler, the Russian Federation has undergone with the European Union a relation of “ignored alienation” since 1990. From the EU’s perspective, a joint and strategic partnership with Russia had developed thanks to the regular EU-Russia Summit and the intensifying civil society and economic alliances. However, Russia increasingly alienated itself from the idea of establishing congruent interests. Russia’s constructive participation in the nuclear negotiations with Iran, the call to establish an anti-terror coalition against the IS in Syria, along with the recently active action against separatists in eastern Ukraine have made it clear that the Russian Federation is less interested in isolation and an escalation of the Ukraine conflict and more interested in a western orientation, according to Erler.

The ENURC IEP lunch debate attracted an audience of 170 participants. It provided an excellent occasion for German nationals and citizens from other countries to share their views on the impact of Russia on the European Union. There were 26 nationalities present during the event. There were participants from Germany, the United States, Russia, Canada, Norway, Uzbekistan, Hungary, Poland, Portugal, Ukraine, Latvia, Finland, Estonia, Slovakia, Moldova, Lithuania, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Serbia, Bulgaria, Romania, Spain, Belgium, the Czech Republic, Switzerland, Denmark and Sweden. For the Europe for Citizens Programme only EU member states are included when calculating the number of participating countries, so 17 EU member states.

You can download here the programme and the report of the event.

More information on the event can be found on the IEP website.

Past events at Institut für Europäische Politik (IEP) – Winter 2014/15

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First German-Italian Dialogue on the Future of Europe: “Germany and Italy – Partners in Constructing Europe”
22-23 January 2015

On 22 and 23 January 2015, the Institut für Europäische Politik (IEP) and the Istituto Affari Internazionali (IAI) conducted the German-Italian Dialogue at the Residenza di Ripetta in Rome. Under the title “Germany and Italy – Partners in Constructing Europe”, 200 participants from Italy and Germany discussed the role of the European Union, specifically Germany and Italy, in overcoming the current challenges in the areas of economy, energy policy and foreign policy, as well as the planning and organization of Europe’s future. Panelists representing government, science and industry agreed in broad terms that Germany and Italy, as core members of the EU, have the power and the opportunity to guide the EU through necessary reforms, and suggested possible strategies to accomplish these goals. The whole report is published in English online.

Brainstorming Workshop “Central Asia – Exploring EU interests and Options”
19 January 2015

On 19 January 2015, the Institut für Europäische Politik (IEP) organized a brainstorming workshop on the topic “Central Asia – Exploring EU interests and options” in cooperation with the European Union Institute for Security Studies. The workshop took place in the Federal Foreign Office in Berlin. A wide range of experts discussed current and future options and opportunities for the EU relations with Central Asia. The panelists have put their major attention to the continuation and refinery of the EU’s activities in the area, in the course of its current geopolitical ascension and regarding the rising interests of Russia, China, the US and even India. Despite previous successes, such as the EU being the region’s most important trading partner, topic and format should be reviewed and “lessons learned” should be considered. The whole report is published in English online.

IEP Lunch Debate with Thomas Westphal: “The Stabilization of the Eurozone: Current Successes, Unfinished Business”
10 December 2014

On 10 December 2014, the IEP lunch debate on the topic of “The Stabilization of the Eurozone: Current Successes, Unfinished Business” with Thomas Westphal, Director of European Policy in the Federal Ministry of Finance, took place at the Representation of the European Commission in Berlin. Michael Vollprecht, Economic and Financial Counsellor from the Political Division of the European Commission in Berlin, gave the opening remarks. Prof. Dr. Mathias Jopp, director of the Institut für Europäische Politik, moderated the event. Thomas Westphal discussed the economy and monetary situation in the Eurozone countries and various strategies for strengthening the Euro.
The whole report is published in English online.

IEP Lunch Debate with Dr. Hans-Gert Pöttering: “Fortunately United: Retrospective and perspective of the European integration”
4 December 2014

On 4 December 2014, the IEP lunch debate on the topic of „Fortunately United: Retrospective and perspective of the European integration“ with Dr. Hans-Gert Pöttering, former President of the European Parliament and Chairman of the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung, took place at the Representation of the European Commission in Berlin on the occasion of the publication of his book “Wir sind zum Glück vereint. Mein europäischer Weg”. Prof. Dr. Hartmut Marhold, Deputy Chairman of the Executive Board of the Institut für Europäische Politik and Director of Research and Development of the Centre international de formation européenne (cife), moderated the event. Richard Kühnel, Representative of the European Commission in Germany, and Frank Piplat, Head of the European Parliament Information Office in Germany gave a short biograph of the dedicated European politician and highlighted his skills as an arbiter while Head of the European’s People Party and as 23rd President of the European Parliament. The whole report on the debate is published in English online.

Past Events at the Institut für Europäische Politik, Berlin

IEP logoIEP annual academic conference on “A Roadmap for the Future of Europe: Differentiated Integration within or beyond the Legal Framework of the Lisbon Treaty”, 19 September 2013, Institut für Europäische Politik (IEP), Berlin, Germany. The conference, which aimed to debate a roadmap for the EU’s future in terms of analyzing the possible ways out of the current crisis and discussing the different prospects for the future composition and structures of the European Union, prominently featured differentiated integration in the analysis. The following questions were discussed during the conference: The Political Union and integration- how will the institutional architecture be affected? What role does differentiated integration play regarding the different EU policy areas? Will the Lisbon Treaty provide a sufficient legal base for further European integration? What are the benefits and perils of treaty revision including a Convention? What are the dividing lines in Europe and how can the emerging North-South divide and UK be managed? Contact person: Dr. Funda Tekin, funda•tekin©iep-berlin•de  (funda•tekin©iep-berlin•de)  .

German-Nordic-Baltic Forum on “Europe under Pressure – How to Overcome Divisions and Secure EU Strength and Coherence”, 21 and 22 November 2013, Institut für Europäische Politik and Estonian Foreign Policy Institute, Tallinn, Estonia. The ninth nation meeting was devoted to current questions about the state of European integration and the European Union’s future survival. This is the 5th German-Nordic-Baltic Forum, which first seeked to discuss issues from a national perspective before exploring a range of common interests and developing coordinating strategies.

23rd German-Hungarian Forum and 3rd German-Hungarian Youth Forum on “The Future of Europe: Retrospective and Outlook- Basic Values, Reforms, and Solidarity’’, 28 and 29 November 2013, Institut für Europäische Politik, German-Hungarian Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Hungarian Council of the European Movement, European Institute Budapest, Network European Movement Germany, and Europa-Union Deutschland, Budapest, Hungary. A series of speeches, panel discussions, and working groups addressed current issues in the EU that were relevant to German-Hungarian relations.

IEP at the ECPR General Conference in Bordeaux, 4th – 7th September 2013

Katrin Böttger (IEP Berlin) and Annette Knaut (University of Koblenz-Landau) organized a panel dealing with „The European Citizens Initiative (ECI): Strengthening European Democracy?“ at the ECPR General Conference in Bordeaux from 4th to 7th September 2013. The panel took place in the section „Organised for Influence: Organised Interests in National, European and International Arenas“ and discussed methodological and theoretical challenges of the ECI as a new instrument of participative democracy on EU level as a type of agenda initiative. Info here.ECPR

Spring 2013 Events at IEP, Berlin

Lunch Talk on “The Role of the EU Special Envoy for the Peace Process in the Middle East”, 11 June 2013, Institut für Europäische Politik (IEP), Berlin. 

On 11 June the IEP hosted a lunch talk with Andreas Reinicke, the EU Special Representative to the Middle East Peace Process. Reinicke clarified the foreign and domestic role of his position as well as the EU’s value as a neutral mediator in the Middle East conflict. Reinicke suggested that Israel’s security faces a greater challenge from its settlement plan than it would from a peace treaty and ought to become a teammate of other states in the region.

Lunch Talk on “The Necessity of European Union Reform and its Scope: Efficiency, Democracy, and Solidarity”, 28 May 2013, Institut für Europäische Politik (IEP), Berlin.

On 28 May IEP hosted a lunch talk with Jo Leinen, member of the European Parliament and President of the European Movement International. Leinen discussed the necessity of European Union reform by first taking stock of the current situation and then suggesting how the crisis had shown the weaknesses of the EU system. Leinen summarized the need for reform across a variety of fields and emphasized the necessity of a new narrative and objective for Europe based in stability and prosperity in a globalized world.

Deutsch-Französischer Dialog 2013

IEP logoThe 15th Deutsch-Französischer Dialog (Franco-German Dialogue) under the heading ‘Federal Europe? Solidarity – Subsidiarity – Democracy’ took place in Otzenhausen (Germany) on 16 and 17 May 2013. The Franco-German Dialogue is annually organized by the ASKO EUROPA-STIFTUNG and the Europäische Akademie Otzenhausen in cooperation with the Institut für Europäische Politik (IEP), the Centre international de formation européenne (CIFE) and other partners.

In spite of the progress already achieved, the European Union has not fully overcome its ongoing crises. In light of this consideration, participants of the 15th Franco-German Dialogue discussed future perspectives of European integration in two panels and four working groups. The debates centered on the question of the necessity of a federal structured Europe. This puzzle was broken down into four working groups that discussed a European social model, means to create a European public and the composition of an upcoming convention. The working group, which was organized by IEP, addressed the reform of the Union’s architecture in light of the vision of a political union.

Further information about the Franco-German Dialogue are available here.

Online Master Programme EU-Central Asia continues, IEP in cooperation with CIFE

IEP logoAfter the graduation of the first class of 25 students, the Institut für Europäische Politik (IEP) and the Centre international de formation européenne (CIFE) continued the master programme “Studies on the EU and Central Asia in the International System” in August 2013.

Thanks to significant funding from the VolkswagenFoundation and additional financial supported by the Lifelong Learning Programme Jean Monnet of the European Commission, IEP and CIFE could offer 30 young academic professionals from Afghanistan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, as well as from the Chinese region of Xinjiang and the Indian region of Kashmir, the chance to obtain a master’s degree in “Studies on the EU and Central Asia in the International System”. The program has started in August 2013 and will end with the final examinations in March 2015.

Further information about the master programme and the application procedure are available at www.eucais.org.

Issue 1/2013 of “Integration” published, Institut für Europäische Politik

The issue 1/2013 of the quarterly integration, published by IEP in March 2013, draws attention to the realigned French European policy under François Hollande. Another article focuses on the ongoing crisis management in the EU, looking at forms of differentiated integration in particular. The current legislative procedure concerning European cohesion policy (2014-2020) represents a further key objective in the issue. Moreover, the fiscal federalism in Germany and the USA is compared to the EU. A review deals with the analysis of the ENP. The AEI reports on two conferences about EU Arctic policy and on a Europe being solidly united. See the publication here.

Conference on „Europe and the USA – Strategic Partners for the Future?”, 06-08 March 2013, Institut für Europäische Politik

In light of the shifting power relations after the end of the East-West-Divide of the Cold War transatlantic relations seemed to risk vanishing into increasing irrelevance. The expert workshop on “Europe and the USA – Strategic Partners for the Future?” that was organized by IEP in cooperation with the Hanns-Seidel-Stiftung and the Asko Europa-Stiftung in Wildbad Kreuth 6-8 March 2013 tackled this issue by analyzing the strategic interests and security policy aims of these two partners. The future of this strategic partnership was discussed from various viewpoints by a group of very well known experts. Main topics of the discussion were energy security, the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) and the Mediterranean. See more information at www.iep-berlin.de.

IEP’s magazin “Forschungsjournal Soziale Bewegungen” on the European Citizens Initiative

FSBThe next issue 4/2012 of the Forschungsjournal Soziale Bewegungen has published a thematic focus on the European Citizens Initiative. The editors Vera Faust, Jochen Roose, Annette Knaut, Katrin Böttger and Julian Plottka discuss the potentials and limits of this new instrument as well as its challenge to become an occupational therapy for the people. See the abstracts here.

IEP’s workshop: Europe’s value, 16 January 2013

On 16 January 2012 the Federal Foreign Office in cooperation with the IEP hosted a workshop dealing with the topic: “Europe’s value“. A number of well-known academics with a professional background in law, economics and politics from the IEP network discussed questions dealing with the value of the Europe Union from an interdisciplinary perspective. Reason for the workshop was given by the dwindling confidence of the European citizens in Europe. Europe’s value was, thereby, not only considered from an economic perspective, but equally discussed foreign policy views, the space of freedom, security and justice, as well as enlargement policies and the question concerning the costs of a Non-Europe. The results of the workshop are available as articles in a magazin integration 2/2012.

1st meeting of the German-Portuguese Forum, 24-25 January 2013, Institute for European Politics (IEP) Berlin and Portuguese Institute of International Relations, New University of Lisbon (IPRI-UNL) Lisbon

GPForumOn 24 and 25 January 2013, the first annual meeting of the German-Portuguese Forum was held at the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation in Lisbon. Among the highlights of the forum, which was attended by around 300 participants, were the speeches by the German and the Portuguese Foreign Ministers. The program was completed by thematic panels and speeches by policy makers and experts from both countries.

The German-Portuguese Forum is a civil society initiative, which is coordinated and carried out by the Instituto Português de Relações Internacionais (IPRI-UNL), a new member of TEPSA since December 2012, the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation in Lisbon, and the Institute for European Politics (IEP) in Berlin. Serving as a platform for exchange and discussion, the bilateral forum is open to all groups in society and aims to become an important institution of social dialogue between Portugal and Germany, which promotes the exchange of ideas and experiences between representatives and experts from politics, economy, culture, science and civil society. Objectivity and a cross-party political balance are considered as fundamental principles of the forum. This first annual conference was especially concerned about discussing and identifying common solutions and answers to the current crisis and dealing with the prospects for the German- Portuguese partnership in its European context. All in all, the Forum was perceived a success and as an important contribution to a better understanding and a more dynamic communication in the bilateral relations of the two countries. The Forum will be continued next year by the second annual meeting in Berlin.

2012 seminars at the Institute for European Politics (IEP), Berlin, September – December

IEP_Bildschirm_2000x400pxLunch debate on “Saving the Euro: Financial possibilities and limits – An insight to the view of the CDU/CSU Parliamentary Group”, 28 September 2012, Berlin

On the 28th of September the IEP organized a lunch debate with budget policy spokesman Norbert Barthle of the CDU/CSU Parliamentary Group in the Hotel Maritim proArte in Berlin. The topic of the debate was “Saving the Euro: Financial possibilities and limits – An insight to the view of the CDU/CSU Parliamentary Group.” First, Norbert Barthle explained the difficult moments of the crisis within the Euro-Zone and underlined the necessity to reduce public debt, to manage the banking crisis and to dissolve the close linkage between the fate of large bank and those of states. Thereafter, he elaborated on general crisis management measures and their success.

Crucial instruments to combat the debt crisis were the Fiscal Pact with its included debt brake, the Euro-Plus Pact, the European Semester, the “Six-Pack”, which introduced a tightening of the Stability and Growth Pact and especially the European Stability Mechanism (ESM), which shall serve as a permanent crisis management measure. Moreover, Barthle appreciated the latest judgment of the Federal Constitutional Court on the German liability risk of 190 Billion Euros within the ESM and the subsequent approval of the ESM by the Bundestag. Furthermore, the latest report by the Troika for Portugal and the current situation in Spain were discussed. With regard to a European Banking Union, Barthle stressed the importance of an independent European Central Bank. Monetary policy and the supervision of banks had to be strictly separated. He was of the opinion that it would be sufficient and according to the principle of subsidiarity to establish a European Banking Supervision only for system-relevant banks. In his final words, Norbert Barthle stressed his faith in the European Central Bank with regard to its decision to buy unlimited bonds from countries affected by the Euro crisis.

IEP Expert Workshop on “The EU as a Foreign Policy Actor – Ambitions, Interests and Challenges in Year Three of the Lisbon Treaty and beyond”, 18/19 October 2012, Berlin

On 18th and 19th October 2012, around 55 experts from academia as well as practitioners and policy makers met at the Konrad-Adenauer-Foundation in Berlin to discuss the European Union’s development as a foreign policy actor since the coming into effect of the Lisbon Treaty. The conference was organized by the Institute for European Politics (IEP) in cooperation with the Scientific Directorate and the Konrad-Adenauer-Foundation, with the support of the Erasmus Academic Network LISBOAN and the Fritz-Thyssen-Foundation. During the two-day workshop the experts from all over Europe as well as from overseas debated developments in the EU’s Common Foreign and Security Policy and assessed current challenges critically. The four panel discussions and two keynote speeches focused on topics such as the presence or absence of the EU in world affairs, achievements and shortcomings of the new CFSP system in operation, the external dimensions of CFSP or strategic interests, partners and rivals of the EU.

In the light of current political developments, key issues that came up over and over again during the discussions were the challenges imposed on the EU by the debt crisis and diverging national interests internally and changes in international affairs like the Arab Spring or the emergence of new powerful actors externally. CFSP was further challenged by diverging national interests of Member States which turned the EU more and more into an integration project of multiple speeds. In this context, especially the reluctant stance of the UK was critically discussed. The EU had to work urgently on its coherence in foreign policy matters to avoid a degeneration into insignificance in world politics. Furthermore, the experts assessed the EU’s weak performance in CSDP. The workshop helped to identify strengths, assets and positive achievements since the coming into effect of the Lisbon treaty as well as the many deficits in CFSP that had to be tackled in the near future.

IEP Lunch Debate on “How much does Europe cost – what is it worth?”, 22 October 2012, Berlin

At the IEP lunch debate on 22 October 2012, Steffen Kampeter, Member of the German Parliament (Bundestag) and Parliamentary State Secretary at the Federal Ministry of Finance, spoke on the topic “How much does Europe cost – what is it worth?”. Kampeter’s main argument was that it was worrying that within the scope of the current Euro Crisis Europe’s perception was reduced to the costs of stabilizing the Eurozone, while at the same time the EU as a whole and its member states were constantly losing relevance in public opinion. It would be crucial not to forget the tremendous value of the EU which is based on peace and freedom.

In the course of the debate, Kampeter elaborated on several assumptions such as the exaggeration of costs connected to saving the Euro especially in Germany, even though Germany profited the most from the EU and the Euro. While the costs of Europe were exaggerated, Europe’s economic value was underestimated. Moreover, Kampeter stressed that the Eurozone currently faced a governance crisis due to the lack of a coordinated European financial policy for more than ten years. Governance reforms that were about to be launched had to aim at investors and citizens regaining trust in the operativeness of Europe. But Kampeter also acknowledged that the measures and reforms that had already been implemented in the periphery states gradually showed effect. Concluding, he emphasized that the current crisis could not simply be solved by short-term measures, but required a deeper integration towards a Union capable of acting. In this regard the creation of a banking union was a key measure. In the long term, however, the office of a Financial Commissioner with clear jurisdiction had to be created. In addition, Kampeter argued in favor of a direct election of the President of the Commission as well as increased monitoring rights for the European Parliament as a second chamber next to the European Council.

Lunch Debate on “The Future of the European Union”, 24 October 2012, Berlin

At the IEP lunch debate on 24th October 2012 at the Permanent Representation of Saarland in Berlin, Michael Georg Link, Minister of State at the Federal Foreign Office and Member of Parliament, gave a speech on “The Future of the European Union”, which outlined possible reforms to further deepen the European integration process. According to Link, the debate about the future of the EU should evolve in all 27 Member States including various national interests in order to find adequate solutions. This debate should also include the United Kingdom and therefore case-related opt-outs instead of drop-outs had to be accepted if necessary. Moreover, the debate on the future of the EU should not exclusively be hold at EU summits, but also in the European public sphere.

In the following, Link elaborated on reform proposals as for example to strengthen the role of the European Parliament by a right for initiative, to directly elect the President of the European Commission and to structure of the Council as a second chamber of Parliament. The whole institutional system of the EU had to be structured more simply, efficiently and democratically. Regarding CFSP, the EU had not come up to its full potential yet. A good example for a the strong standing of the EU in international affairs was the WTO, where the Union, represented by the European Commission, acted as an autonomous member and advocated successfully the common interests of all Member States. A similar presence in the field of foreign policy would be desirable. Link also referred a number of reform proposals brought forward by the Future of Europe Group, e.g. the empowerment of the High Representative and the adaptation of majority voting in CFSP. Finally, Link argued to fully implement the Lisbon reforms, which had not happened yet.

Lunch Debates on “The role of national parliamentary decision in the current process of European Integration”, 06 November 2012, Berlin

At the IEP lunch debate on 6th November 2012, Gunther Krichbaum, chairmen of the Committee on European Union Affairs in the German Bundestag, discussed the role of parliamentary decisions in the current process of European Integration. In his speech, Krichbaum emphasized the importance of cooperation between national parliaments and the EU institutions as well as the necessity to include national parliaments in the process of further European integration. Especially in the light of the current process of parliamentarisation of European politics in most Member States, the role of MPs as a link between the work of governments on European Politics and the citizen had to be considered. Taking into account the current challenges the EU was facing, Krichbaum argued for further integration, a better communication of the EU’s value and a strengthening of the EU as an actor in a globalised world. National parliaments could play a crucial role in this development. However, the role of the European Parliament had to be strengthened, too. Moreover, it was crucial that parliaments had their share in decisions concerning amendments of the EU treaties as for example via the Convention method. In his final remarks, Krichbaum positioned himself against the idea of a “Core-European Union” led by the members of the Euro-group, since this would have an excluding and disintegrating effect for the whole Union.

22nd Annual Conference of the German-Hungarian Panel and the 2nd conference of the Young German-Hungarian Panel.

On the 8th and 9th of November 2012, the 22nd annual conference of the German-Hungarian Panel took place at the Lower Saxony State Chancellery in Berlin. As a part of the conference, the Young German-Hungarian Panel met for the second time and about forty interested students and professionals participated. The Institut für Europäische Politik organized the annual Conference in collaboration with the German-Hungarian Chamber of Industry and Commerce (DUIHK).

In the panel discussions and working groups, the transformation of the European identity, the role of Germany and Hungary in Central Europe as well as the economic and monetary policy were debated. Thereby, the current monetary and debt crisis in Europe and the role of the European Union within it were at the centre of the discussions. In addition, the Young German-Hungarian Forum focused on subjects such as citizens in Europe, Common Foreign and Security Policy, Enlargement Policy, and Energy and Climate Policy.

At the end of the conference, both foreign ministers, Dr. Guido Westerwelle and Dr. János Martonyi, addressed the participants. They emphasized that not only the historical bonds between Germany and Hungary are important that existed because of the overcoming of the iron curtain, but also a strong collaboration in order to overcome the current challenges.

More information available here.

How to strengthen the EU as a global player – Italy and Germany in the driver’s seat?

The shared interests, challenges and opportunities of Italy and Germany in strengthening the EU’s profile on the international stage were the topics of this joint expert seminar in Rome on 3/4 December 2012. The expert seminar was part of a tradition of seminars organised by the Istituto Affari Internazionali (IAI) in Rome and the Institut für Europäische Politik (IEP) in Berlin. The meetings serve as a forum for dialogue between practitioners and academics as well as a trigger for discussion and a platform for new ideas to support the development of the EU towards a strong foreign policy actor.

The experts discussed the challenges that EU’s foreign policy is facing in- and outside Europe. Especially the effects of the continuing economic and fiscal crisis, the UK’s unpredictable future in the EU as well as the strategic reorientation of the US were part of the debate. However, the upcoming years provide several opportunities to foster the EU’s profile with the review of the EEAS, the debate on common priorities and defence capabilities, as well as the December 2013 European Council on defence. These separate debates have to be addressed by the two countries jointly and comprehensively for the best impact. In the long run, the upcoming mandates for Commission President and HR/VP after the 2014 European Parliament election, as well as possible treaty changes have to be considered in the planning in the two capitals.

The seminar came in so far to a hopeful conclusion, as it identified common perceptions and interests of Italy and Germany in the area of foreign policy that could provide the basis for a deepening of the EU as a foreign policy actor. A deepening of EU’s integration as a necessary pre-condition for a strong EU profile in international affairs was one of the take-away messages of the meeting. However, as for example, the ‘centrifugal powers’ of the Eurocrisis show, a deepening of the EU might also mean its shrinking. The Europe’s integration project is thus facing new dilemmas that need to be addressed as well as communicated to the public.

The full report on the seminar can be found here.

How to strengthen the EU as a global player – Italy and Germany in the driver’s seat? Experts’ seminar by IAI, Rome & IEP, Berlin, 3/4 December 2012, Rome

 

Logo IAIThe shared interests, challenges and opportunities of Italy and Germany in strengthening the EU’s profile on the international stage were the topics of this joint expert seminar in Rome. The expert seminar was part of a tradition of seminars organised by the Istituto Affari Internazionali (IAI) in Rome and the Institut für Europäische Politik (IEP) in Berlin. The meetings serve as a forum for dialogue between practitioners and academics as well as a trigger for discussion and a platform for new ideas to support the development of the EU towards a strong foreign policy actor.

As recognized by the participants, this seminar took place in a challengiLogo IPEng context for EU foreign policy. They identified a gap between the expectations related to the legal words of the Lisbon treaty, and the real world implementation of the Common Foreign and Security Policy (CFSP). While the European External Action Service (EEAS) has improved its game over the recent months, the Common Security and Defence Policy (CSDP) did not progress in the same speed as it did in the last decade. All these developments took place against the backdrop of the economic and fiscal crisis that dominates the agenda of the decision-makers and sudden, far-ranging developments in Europe’s neighbourhood.

Hence, it was even more important to ask what common contributions Italy and Germany can make to strengthen the EU’s foreign policy profile. Together with which actors can the two countries provide leadership in the development of a stronger foreign policy? What role can the common institutions play and how can they be reformed to work more effectively? Why did the development of CSDP fall behind its expectations and where are the drivers and obstacles for this policy located in the 27 capitals and in Brussels? How can the double-hatted High Representative (HR/VP) contribute to a new momentum in EU foreign policy? These questions provided a foundation for a rich discussion between the participants, which is covered in this report.

See seminar’s Report for more information.

Past events at Institut für Europäische Politik (IEP) – Summer 2014

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EUCAIS international conference on the “Prospects of EU – Central Asia Relations” Institut für Europäische Politik and CIFE, 28-29 August 2014 in Almaty, Kazakhstan

The Centre international de formation européenne together with the Institut für europäische Politik organised a conference in the framework of the EUCAIS international conference on the “Prospects of EU – Central Asia Relations” that took place on 28-29 August 2014 in Almaty, Kazakhstan master programme with support of the Volkswagen Foundation and funding by the Jean-Monnet-Programme of the European Union. The conference was an excellent opportunity to exchange ideas and knowledge for representants from academic, political and societal institutions of both regions. Additional to plenary sessions on regional cooperation, natural resources and security challenges within Central Asia as well as on the prospects of both regions’ potential of cooperation, participants presented and intensively discussed papers in four working groups: comparative regionalism, security challenges, democracy promotion and developments in research and teaching in Central Asia.

German-Nordic-Baltic-Forum “Upgrading the German-Nordic-Baltic Partnership in the EU: Common Values, Mutual Interests and New Challenges”, 7-8 July 2014

On 7th and 8th July 2014 the sixth German-Nordic-Baltic-Forum took place in the facilities of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Latvia in Riga. The conference was entitled “Upgrading the German-Nordic-Baltic Partnership in the EU: Common Values, Mutual Interests and New Challenges” and brought together over 60 experts from science and politics coming from the three Baltic States, Finland, Sweden, Denmark, Norway and Germany.

On thisgerman-nordic-baltic occasion the forum highlighted current topics on the European agenda perspectives for further steps of European cooperation. The discussion focussed on the results of the European Elections 2014, the review of the Europe 2020 Strategy and in light of the current developments in the EU’s direct neighbourhood on the EU’s role as global actor and crisis manager as well as on the perspectives of the Eastern Partnership. The second day of the forum was opened by the Latvian State Secretary Andrejs Pildegoviĉs and Minister of State for Europe at the German Federal Foreign Office Michael Roth. In their key-note speeches they underlined European political priorities and put emphasis on the opportunities for a closer German-Nordic-Baltic partnership.

The German-Nordic-Baltic Forums was organised in cooperation with Latvian Institute of Foreign Affairs and with financial and personnel support by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Latvia, the German Federal Foreign Office and the German Embassy to the Latvian Republic in Riga.

You can find a report and the conference programme here.

Lunch Debate with Martin Kotthaus: “Current Themes in European Policy”, Institut für Europäische Politik, 3 June 2014

Martin Kotthaus, Head of the European Directorate-General at the Federal Foreign Office, spoke on 3 June 2014 at the Representation of the European Commission in Berlin on the topic “Current Themes in European Policy.” Prof. Dr. Mathias Jopp, director of the Institut für Europäische Politik (IEP), moderated the event.

Martin Kotthaus began by speaking about the Ukraine-Crisis, which continues to dominate both European and German foreign policy. Kotthaus praised the Ukranian presidential elections as being “possibly the best, most freLunch debatee and democratic elections [in Ukraine] in a long time according to the remarks of the OSCE.” With the establishment of a legitimate government the economic portion of the association agreement, the Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Area (DCFTA), could soon be signed. Meanwhile the EU will continue to work together with the IMF along with others to remain engaged. Outstanding during the crisis was the unity with which the EU operated. However it is plausible that the topic will remain on the agenda for a while along with what long term effects the crisis will have on the EU’s relationship with Russia.

A further important theme was the European Parliament Election and its result. Kotthaus was happy about the stability in the voter turnout even though there were a few low outliers (only 13% voter turnout in Slovakia). Even so, the importance of the EP Election still needs to be made clearer. The election can’t be seen as a “free shot.” Kotthaus spoke of the need for a revision of the European Voting Act of 1976 in order to standardize and modernize the rules for the election of European representatives.

Closely connected to the EP Election is the question of filling the European leadership positions. President of the European Council Hermann van Rompuy was mandated to consult with the European Parliament and member states to fill the position of the EU-Commission President. More important, however, are the topics that will confront the eventual office holders. Economic topics, such as competition, growth and the creation of jobs must also have a priority next to the development of the Economic and Monetary Union, the topics of climate and energy, rights and freedoms and a coherent and strengthened EU foreign policy and neighborhood policy—also in financial and institutional respects. It is important that the EU focuses on the essential topics—it is not about less Europe but rather a focused and better one.

You can find a report here.

Past events at Institut für Europäische Politik (IEP) – Summer 2014

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Conference „Aktuelle Herausforderungen für die deutsche Europapolitik: Vertiefung, Erweiterung, Nachbarschaft“ („Current Challenges for Germany’s European Policy: Deepening, Widening, Neighbourhood“)
25-26 September 2014, Berlin, Institut für Europäische Politik and Arbeitskreis Europäische Integration

On September 25-26 the Institut für Europäische Politik organised its annual academic conference in cooperation with the Arbeitskreis Europäische Integration. More than 50 academics and practitioners gathered in Berlin in order to discuss the “Current Challenges for Germany’s European Policy: Deepening, Widening, Neighbourhood“.During the first panel potential further strategies for reforming the EU’s political system were discussed. All panelists representing members from the Spinelli Group, the Glienicker Gruppe and the Groupe Eiffel agreed that the Lisbon Treaty provided an appropriate legal framework for current challenges and demanded full exploitation of its text. Ideas were exchanged on the question of how to deal with increasing heterogeneity among the EU Member States and necessary reforms of EU institutions in order to increase their democratic legitimacy. The second panel dealt with the reforms of the Economic and Monetary Union. Given that the crisis management within the Eurozone was perceived successful so far, the panelists focused on questions of how to increase the EU’s competitiveness and of how to guarantee liability of future national economic reforms. The future role of the EU’s enlargement policy as a foreign policy tool was discussed during the conference’s third panel. Enlargement policy was defined to represent an integration rather than a foreign policy tool of the EU. This means that it needed to be complemented by foreign policy initiatives. In light of these considerations the preconditions for a successful enlargement policy were debated. The conference concluded with discussions on the European Neighbourhood Policy (ENP). This debate was guided by the question of whether the general principles of the ENP needed redefinition. In light of the latest developments the panelists agreed that the ENP needed a differentiated approach and other global actors and their interests needed to be included in the considerations of how to stabilize the neighbourhood that currently represented rather a ring of fire than a ring of friends.

The conference was completed by a dinner speech by Peter Altmaier, Head of the Federal Chancellery and Federal Minister for Special Tasks, and a concluding speech by Werner Hoyer, President of the European Investment Bank.

Read more here.

IEP Lunch Debate with Dr. Peter Ptassek: “Perspectives of the Economic and Monetary Union”
16 September 2014

The IEP Lunch Debate on the topic “Perspectives of the Economic and Monetary Union” with Dr. Peter Ptassek, Deputy Director of the European Department of the Federal Foreign Office, took place on the 16th of September 2014 at the Representation of the European Commission in Berlin, Germany. The event was moderated by Prof. Dr. Mathias Jopp, director of the Institute for European DSC_0085-243x364Politics (IEP).

Dr. Ptassek began his introductory speech by illuminating several questions facing Europe, including not only still existing concerns about the Monetary Union, but also Europe’s relations with Russia in light of the Ukraine Crisis, and the impending referendum in the UK. Ptassek pointed out that he believed the height of the economic crisis to be behind us, and the monetary union “dishevelled”, but still alive. Ptassek further specified that the Monetary Union includes a clear external dimension, specifically the connection between economic strength and the weight of foreign policy. The whole report on the lunch debate is published in English here.

Past events at Institut für Europäische Politik (IEP) – Autumn 2014

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IEP Lunch Debate with Axel Schäfer: “New Institutions, new Policy? Expectations on European politics in Germany”
27 November 2014

On 27 November 2014, the IEP lunch debate on the topic of „New Institutions, new policy? Expectations on European politics in Germany“ with Axel Schäfer, MP and deputy head of the SPD parliamentary group, took place at the Representation of the European Commission in Berlin. Prof. Dr. Mathias Jopp, director of the Institut für Europäische Politik, moderated the event. An introductory speech was given by Bernhard Schnittger, head of the political division of the representation of the European Union Commission to Berlin. The speech has been focused on issues like low voter turnouts, rising Euroscepticism and a trend towards populist, radical right and extremist parties that are contrary to the founding idea of the EU. The whole report on the debate is published in English online.

Conference “Current Challenges for Germany’s European Policy: Deepening, Widening, Neighbourhood”
25-26 September 2014

On 25 and 26 September 2014, the Institut für Europäische Politik (IEP) organised an academic conference in cooperation with the Arbeitskreis Europäische Integration. More than 50 academics and practitioners gathered in Berlin in order to discuss the “Current Challenges for Germany’s European Policy: Deepening, Widening, Neighbourhood“. The panelists and participants discussed potential further strategies for reforming the EU’s political system as well as the Economic and Monetary Union, and the future role of the EU’s enlargement policy as a foreign policy tool. The conference was completed by a dinner speech by Peter Altmaier, Head of the Federal Chancellery and Federal Minister of Special Tasks, and a concluding speech by Werner Hoyer, President of the European Investment Bank. The whole report on the conference and the programme are published in English online.

24th annual conference of the German-Hungarian Forum and fourth conference of the Young German-Hungarian Forum
18-19 September 2014

On 18 and 19 September 2014, the 24th annual conference of the German-Hungarian Forum was held in the representation of the Magyar Telekom Nyrt. in Budapest and was attended by over 250 experts from politics, business, academia and civil society. In panel discussions and working groups, the participants, including Elmar Brok, MEP; Prof. Dr. Peter Balázs, Martin Kotthaus and László Szabó as represenatives of the German and Hungarian government as well as Zoltán Balog, Hungarian minister of Human Ressources, discussed bilateral issues as well as the present state the EU and the prospects for its future from a German and Hungarian perspective. In parallel, the fourth Young German-Hungarian Forum dealt with different German and Hungarian concepts of Europe and the expectations of young Europeans towards their home countries and the EU. The whole report on the German-Hungarian conference is published in English online.

IEP Lunch Debate with Dr. Peter Ptassek: “Perspectives of the Economic and Monetary Union”
16 September 2014

On 16 September 2014, the IEP Lunch Debate on the topic “Perspectives of the Economic and Monetary Union” with Dr. Peter Ptassek, Deputy Director of the European Department of the Federal Foreign Office, took place at the Representation of the European Commission in Berlin, Germany.  The event was moderated by Prof. Dr. Mathias Jopp (IEP). Dr. Ptassek discussed several questions facing Europe, including the still existing concerns about the monetary union, Europe’s relations with Russia in light of the Ukraine Crisis, as well as the impending referendum in the UK and the threat of increased Euroscepticism. The whole report on the debate is published in English online.

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New research project on EU and Russia started

The crisis of the EU-Russia relations of the last two years has shown the need for scientific research and network building in order to encourage once more the improvement of the East-West relations. The project of the Europawissenschaftliches Netzwerk Deutschland (END) is carried out by the Institut für Europäische Politik (IEP) and by the Arbeitskreis Europäische Integration (AEI) and is entitled “The European Union and Russia in Eastern Europe and the Southern Caucasus: Integration rivalry between East and West?”
The research project’s aims are subdivided into three. During the first step a review of the already existing research and networks in Germany and the European Union will be prepared. Within the second step the reviews will be spread amongst interconnected scientists in Eastern Europe and Russia in order to reflect the perception of European politics. Finally, these steps will lead to the elaboration of common research questions which then will be treated in common publications.

The research project will be complemented by events such as sessions of the study group “Enlargement/Neighbourhood Policy” as well as lunch debates. Besides various publications in journals, the internet publication “EU-28 Watch” offers regular reporting of key national debates on deepening and reforms inside the European Union as well as on enlargement and the European Neighbourhood Policy.

More information about the project can be found here.

Launch of the PhD Support Programme EUCACIS for students from Central Asia and the Caucasus

The Institut für Europäische Politik (IEP) and the Centre international de formation européenne (CIFE) start the PhD Support Programme “The EU, Central Asia and the Caucasus in the International System“ (EUCACIS). Funded by the Volkswagen Foundation and the Programme Erasmus+, it offers scholarships for three years to twelve excellent postgraduates who are working on a doctoral thesis in political science, contemporary history or economics on a topic of the programme’s focus at a university in the Southern Caucasus or Central Asia (including Afghanistan, the Kashmir region in India and the autonomous region Xinjiang in China).

It is the objectiIEP1ve of the EUCACIS programme to provide intensive PhD research training for its participants to bring them closer to international standards, to support them until they submit their doctoral theses, and to help them establish their own networks with other young researchers in the target regions and in Europe. This will be achieved through four international conferences (in Almaty, Berlin, Yerevan and Bishkek); four PhD schools in Berlin, Yerevan and Istanbul; two research training stays; and continuous online coaching.

The programme is open for postgraduates who have started to work on a PhD or an equivalent degree at a Central Asian or South Caucasian university in the fields. The Call for Applications and further information are available here.

PhD Katrin Böttger was elected into the scientific advisory board of CIFE

IEP BoettgerThe deputy head of IEP and TEPSA Board member, PhD Katrin Böttger, was recently elected into the scientific advisory board (SAB) of the Centre international de formation européenne (CIFE).  The SAB advises, supports and supervises the organs of CIFE with regard to the development of its academic, scientific and prevocational education activities. The SAB consists of 14 members, who will coincide for their first full council meeting in Brussels in May, 2016. “I am looking forward to support CIFE in its activities. Furthermore, my election is another evidence of the close collaboration between the IEP and the CIFE, as well as the European interconnectedness of the IEP in general”, told Katrin Böttger.

PhD Funda Tekin appointed to vice director of “Center for Turkey and European Union Studies”

IEP TekinWe congratulate our colleague Dr. Funda Tekin for having been appointed as vice director of the “Center for Turkey and European Union Studies”, which was founded at Cologne University in 2016. “I look forward to this exciting task considering the current political climate in Turkey and its role in solving the migration crisis”, Tekin underlined.

You wil find further information on this website.

Past events at Institut für Europäische Politik (IEP) – Spring 2016

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Kick-Off Workshop of the project “Alternative Europa!”

On 23 and 24 March 2016 the first workshop took place in the ASKO Europa Stiftung in Saarbrücken in the new project “Alternative Europe!”. The project was launched by the ASKO Europa Stiftung (AES) and the Europäische Akademie Otzenhausen (EAO) in cooperation with the Institut für Europäische Politik (IEP). Given an increasing indifference towards the European project, particularly in younger generations and a general rise in Euroscepticism, the project does not only aim to identify and analyze current and future key issues of European integration but to deduce conclusions and connecting factors for political youth and adult education derived from these findings.

IEP2Fifteen participants from the EAO, the ASKO Europa Stiftung and the Young European Federalists (JEF) discussed with representatives of the IEP which megatrends of European integration are relevant for the education of the EAO and which ones will be. After a first plenary discussion, key issues were identified and collected in clusters, which were discussed in a World Café in working groups of three tables. However the main focus was generally on the discussion about the current state of education and the work of the EAO in particular. Among other things, it was discussed who can achieve the education and by which methods.

More information about the project can be found here.

Training Series on “Quality Infrastructure” for the Ukrainian Ministry of Economic Development and Trade

The comprehensive training series on “Quality Infrastructure” for the Ukrainian Ministry of Economic Development and Trade (MEDT) was successfully continued in Kyiv by Anne Bercio, Project Leader at IEP. The training is targeted to foster institutional capacities of MEDT and all linked institutions dealing with technical regulations. Core topics of the second and third workshop were legal harmonisation with EU horizontal legislation on Accreditation and Market Surveillance, and conformity assessement in harmonized sectors of the EU single market.

The overall objective of the project is to strengthen MEDTs capacities for implementing the EU-Ukraine Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Area/ Association Agreement. The trainings are implemented for Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ).

More information about the project can be found here.

Second workshop of the training series “Capacity Building for the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine”

The second workshop of IEP’s training series „Capacity Building for the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine (VRU)” was effectively implemented by Constanze Aka, project manager at IEP, on 4th and 5th IEP3of April, 2016, in Kyiv. The training was delivered to staffers of the European Integration committee as well as other VRU parliamentary committees. In this introductory workshop to legal harmonisation with the EU acquis the participants actively studied the obligations deriving of the Association Agreement between the EU and Ukraine, the EU legal order, and methods of legal harmonisation.

Main objective of the training series is to strengthen the capacities of the Verkhovna Rada to effectively contribute to the implementation of the Association Agreement.

The project is supported by the German Federal Foreign Office.

More information about the project can be found here.

Citizen Dialogue: “Europas Grenzen – Wir müssen reden!”
4 May 2016

Europa Union Deutschland (EUD) together with the Institut für Europäische Politik organised a citizen dialogue on “Europas Grenzen – Wir müssen reden!” on May 4 in Augsburg. The internal and external borders of the European Union were the core topic of the debate. Questions connected to the European border management and its current development were also discussed such as: Does the European Project meet its limits? Is the European capacity to act, its solidarity and the future prospect of the European Idea under threat?

At the dialogue “Europas Grenzen – Wir müssen reden!” citizens were enabled to discuss with politicians and experts about the future of Schengen, the freedom to travel, the even more fundamental freedom of movement, and also, how the migration crisis can be coped with on a European level. Will Europe become “Fortress Europe”? Are there viable alternatives? Do we need once again border controls, walls and fences? Or do these developments, in fact, jeopardise European solidarity and in the end maybe even our freedom? What about the achievements of free movement and open borders?

More information about the event can be found here.

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New project “German-American Dialogue on the Post-Soviet Space” in co-operation with the German Marshall Fund

The new project “German-American Dialogue on the Post-Soviet Space: Assessing the State of European Integration and Potential for Transatlantic Cooperation – the Case of Moldova” seeks to foster transatlantic dialogue on the post-soviet space and is implemented in co-operation with the German Marshall Fund of the United States (GMF).

The project aims at reviewing policies and instruments of Germany, in the framework of the European Neighbourhood Policy and the Eastern Partnership and those of the USA with respect to their capacity to support transformation processes in the post-soviet space.

Within a series of four dialogue workshops the exchange between representatives from the USA, Germany and other European countries and the target countries of the Eastern Partnership will be promoted.

More information on the project can be found here.

New project “Think Tanks in Ukraine: Strengthening expertise and promoting European cooperation”

 

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The IEP’s new project “Think Tanks in Ukraine: Strengthening expertise and promoting European cooperation” focuses on Ukrainian think tanks and will be jointly implemented with the partner organization Ilko Kucheriv Democratic Initiatives Foundation, Kyiv, and is supported by the German Federal Foreign Office.

The aim of the project is to develop institutional competences of Ukrainian think tanks and promote their expertise. Concurrently, the project strives to contribute to the strengthening of competences on Ukraine in Germany. By providing a platform for the dissemination of Ukrainian expertise through a series of publications, the IEP and its partners hope to shape and inform the German and European discourse.

More information on the project can be found here.

Unanimous vote of new female members of the Academic Advisory Board at the annual meeting of the board of trustees

 

IEP11The managing directors of IEP, Prof. Dr. Mathias Jopp and Dr. Katrin Böttger, are pleased by the election results: “With today our Academic Advisory Board contains 19 more women. We welcome the new colleagues with backgrounds in political science, sociology, history, law and economics that will enrich the board with their expertise.” Amongst the new members are Prof. Dr. Gabriele Clemens, University of Hamburg, Prof. Dr. Miriam Hartlapp, University of Leipzig, und Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. Angelika Nußberger, University of Cologne.

On April 29, the meeting of the Board of Trustees of IEP has taken place. The Board of Trustees is chaired by President Dr. Werner Hoyer, President of the European Investment Bank, and the Vice Presidents Elmar Brok, MEP, Axel Schäfer, MP, and Prof. Dr. Rudolf Hrbek, President of the Arbeitskreis Europäische Integration. The Board of Trustees also consists of representatives from politics, education, science, economics, culture and journalism; inter alia Peter Altmaier, MP, Head of the Federal Chancellery, Dr. Katarina Barley, MdB, Secretary-General, Sozialdemokratische Partei Deutschlands (SPD), Annette Riedel, Correspondent at Deutschlandradio Brussels, Michael Roth, MP, Minister of State for Europe at the Federal Foreign Office, Martin Schulz, President of the European Parliament and Prof. Dr. Martin Selmayr, Head of the Cabinet of the President of the European Commission. Apart from the debate on current European issues, the election of further members of the Academic Advisory Board has been carried out.

A presentation of the Academic Advisory Board can be found here. For further information about the Board of Trustees please click here.

Elmar Brok re-elected as President of the European Federalists

 

IEP12IEP Vice-President Elmar Brok, MEP continues to lead the Union of European Federalists (UEF). He was re-elected at the UEF-Congress, which took place from 10 to 12 June 2016 in Strasbourg. Otto Schmuck, former member of IEP’s team and member of its Academic Advisory Board is the new Vice-President of the UEF. IEP-Director Mathias Jopp and Julian Plottka, Research Associate at IEP were included in the Federal Committee.

More information can be found here.