News from the Institute for European Politics (Germany)


Interview with Prof Dr Werner Weidenfeld, Editor of the Yearbook of European Integration:

The Yearbook of European Integration 2016 was released in December. In around 100 contributions from a variety of different research areas, the Yearbook creates an up-to-date, detailed account of the process of European integration. Together with Prof Dr Wolfgang Wessels, Prof Dr Werner Weidenfeld is co-publisher of the Yearbook. In our IEP-interview, Prof Dr Werner Weidenfeld discusses the origin of the Yearbook and draws conclusions about current challenges concerning European integration. Additionally, his article from the Yearbook, “Conclusion of the European integration 2016”, is available online. We have also made all Yearbooks until 2013 available to download on our website, With this interview, the editors kick off the Yearbook of European Integration 2017. We are looking forward to further successful collaborations with many authors this year.


“TruLies – The Truth about Lies on Europe”: Fact sheets on the Topic of Migration and Asylum will soon be published!

The project “TruLies – The Truth about Lies on Europe”, aided by the Stiftung Mercator and run by the Institute for European Politics (IEP) in cooperation with Das Progressive Zentrum will publish six informative fact sheets on the topic of migration and asylum soon.

The fact sheets aim to elucidate different eurocritical statements in a differentiated and analytical manner. For this purpose, the statements, which often use diffuse prejudices and myths about the EU, are being put in context and subjected to a thorough fact check. The goal is to present those complex issues in an understandable way and to uncover specific “truths” and “lies” contained in the statement. Relevant data, references and additional literature complete the information offered. In this way, the fact sheets contribute to one of the main goals of the project. It thrives to deconstruct Eurosceptic and populist prejudices, animosities, and false assertions, by means of social scientifically-grounded analysis. Thus, it aims to contribute to a rationalization of the public discourse and debate in Germany (and beyond). You may find further information on our website:

Furthermore, the project will hold several events in the next months:

  • On 28 March 2017, the project will be presented at a multiplier workshop organized by the Europe Direct network in Nuremberg.
  • On 24 May 2017, a second multiplier workshop as well as the closing event in form of a public debate following a presentation of the project’s results will take place.



Project Alternative Europa!:

 In times of multiple crises, there are numerous initiatives dealing with questions concerning the future of Europe. These questions are tackled not only by a wide range of civic actors but also within the academic world. The project

“Alternative Europa!” brings together young and engaged Europeans from different initiatives and institutions. Here, we jointly debate the future of Europa – in an inclusive, interdisciplinary and open process.

“Alternative Europa!” is the first project by the newly established Junges Europawissenschaftliches Netzwerk (JEN). If you want to be part of this debate, let us know! You will find further information on our website!


New section “Press” integrated in our website:

The website of the Institute for European Politics has been expanded with a new function. By clicking on the “Press” tab, it is now possible to easily access the institute’s press releases, get an overview of mentions in the media, contact the IEP communications unit, and subscribe to the newsletter. In the download section, brochures, order forms, logos, and PDF excerpts from our publications are available.