Words of Welcome

Prof. Dr. Jaap DE ZWAAN

Jaap de Zwaan is emeritus Professor of European Union Law at Erasmus University Rotterdam and former Director of the Netherlands Institute of International Relations, Clingendael. His professional career has essentially been devoted to the domain of European integration, in several capacities, such as member of the bar, diplomat, university professor and director of a think tank. De Zwaan has participated in negotiations at European Union level with regard to, for example, treaty making, the accession of new member states and harmonization of national legislations. He also was agent of the Dutch Government in numerous legal proceedings before the Court of Justice in Luxembourg. His main domains of EU interest are related to respectively the constitutional debate, the internal market cooperation, the area of freedom, security and justice (notably EU asylum and immigration law and policy), and the external relations of the EU. Jaap de Zwaan is TEPSA’s Secretary-General.

Recent publications:

  • Is the Schengen system sustainable? Historic elements, achievements and shortcomings, Contribution to a round table discussion on 2 and 3 March 2020, organised by Globsec,Slovakia: https://www.globsec.org/publications/is-schengen-system-sustainable-historic-elements-achievements-and-shortcomings/
  • Brexit, State of Play and Perspectives,European Public Law Series/Bibliothèque de droit public européen, Volume 31, no. 1, ISSN 1105-1590, EPLO 2019, pages 21-77
  • Is Schengen at risk and how to cope with the Migration Crisis?, European Public Law Series/Bibliothèque de droit public européen, Volume 29, no. 1, ISSN 1105-1590, EPLO 2017, pages 229-244


Frank Schimmelfennig is Professor of European Politics and member of the Center for Comparative and International Studies at the ETH Zurich. He also chairs the Scientific Board of the Institut für Europäische Politik in Berlin. His research focuses on European integration and, more specifically, integration theory, EU enlargement, differentiated integration, democracy promotion and democratization.

Recent publications:

  • Frank Schimmelfennig/Thomas Winzen: Ever Looser Union? Differentiated European Integration. Oxford: Oxford University Press 2020
  • Frank Schimmelfennig/Ulrich Sedelmeier: The Europeanization of Eastern Europe: the External Incentives Model Revisited. Journal of European Public Policy 27: 6, 2020, 814-833.
  • Frank Schimmelfennig: Politicisation Management in the European Union. Journal of European Public Policy27: 3, 2020, 342-361.

Young Ideas Panel: Shaping the Future of Europe

Moderation: Dr. Funda TEKIN

Moderation: Dr. Funda TEKIN: Funda Tekin is director at Institut für Europäische Politik Berlin. She is also external senior research fellow at the Centre for Turkey and European Union Studies at University of Cologne, project director of the Jean Monnet network “VIADUCT – Enhancing Visibility of the Academic Dialogue on EU-Turkey Cooperation” as well as leading researcher in the H2020 Project "EU IDEA - Integration and Differentiation for Effectiveness and Accountability". Her research topics are among others EU-Turkey relations, differentiated integration in the EU, the Area of Freedom, Security and Justice, Euroscepticism and institutional reforms of the EU. Funda Tekin is member of the board of the Trans European Policy Studies Association, part of the flying faculty of the Turkish-German University and editor of the Nomos-book series on EU-Turkey relations.

Twitter: https://twitter.com/FundaTekin17

Recent publications:

  • Funda Tekin/Vittoria Meissner/Nils Fabian Müller: “Narratives of Political Unity in Times of Differentiation”, EU IDEA Research Paper no. 3, December 2019, https://euidea.eu/2019/12/20/narratives-of-political-unity-in-times-of-differentiation
  • Funda Tekin / Jana Schubert (2020): Deutschlands Corona-Präsidentschaft: Weichenstellung für die Zukunft Europas“, in: Aus Politik und Zeitgeschichte: Europäische Baustellen, 70. Jahrgang, Juni 2020, S. 11-17.
  • Reiners, Wulf /Tekin, Funda: Taking Refuge in Leadership? Facilitators and Constraints of Germany’s Influence in EU Migration Policy and EU-Turkey Affairs during the Refugee Crisis (2015–2016), in: German Politics, 2019,https://doi.org/10.1080/09644008.2019.1566457.

Dr. Werner HOYER

Born in Wuppertal in 1951, Werner Hoyer studied and earned his doctorate in economics at the University of Cologne in 1977, where he also worked as a research assistant and later as a lecturer for "International Economic Relations". During his time as a member of the German Bundestag, he served in the FDP parliamentary group, among others as parliamentary manager, security spokesman, deputy chairman and foreign policy spokesman, as well as general secretary of the FDP and minister of state in the Federal Foreign Office. He was elected as President of the EIB by the EU member states in 2012. Dr. Hoyer and his wife Katja have 2 children.

The Board of Governors confirmed Dr. Hoyer's re-election for a second term in July 2017, starting on January 1st, 2018.


Axel Dittmann is Director for EU Institutional Affairs, Brexit, EU Coordination, and EU2020 Presidency at the German Federal Foreign Office. Until recently, he was Ambassador of Germany to Serbia, a position he had held since 2015. Other previous roles include Head of Division for European Policy Issues in the Federal Foreign Office, member of the UNOSEK negotiating team at the United Nations in Vienna (2006–2007), and member of the German negotiating team for the Treaty establishing a Constitution for Europe (2001–2004).

 Twitter: https://twitter.com/GermanyonBrexit

The EU’s differentiated future after Brexit

Moderation: Dr. Christian FROMMELT

Christian Frommelt is Director (since 2018) and Research Fellow for politics (since 2011) at the Liechtenstein Institute. He is currently responsible for the Horizon 2020 research project “Integrating Diversity in the European Union (InDivEU)”.

Recent publications:

  • Frommelt, Christian (2020): 25 Years of Liechtenstein’s EEA Membership – Survey Findings. Study on behalf of the Ministry of General Government Affairs and Finance. Liechtenstein Institute. Bendern.
  • Frommelt, Christian (2020): Ausnahmeregelungen und Anpassungen im EWR-Recht. In: Andreas Th. Müller und Werner Schroeder (Hg.): 25 Jahre Europäischer Wirtschaftsraum. Ein Integrationsszenarium auf dem Prüfstand. Baden-Baden: Nomos (EuR Europarecht, Beiheft 1/2020), S. 101-123.
  • Frommelt, Christian (2020): Ist die EWR-Mitgliedschaft ein Souveränitätsgewinn? Über ein Narrativ und dessen aktuelle Bedeutung. In: Liechtensteinische Juristenzeitung (LJZ) 2020, H. 1, S. 41–49.

Prof. Dr. Brigid LAFFAN

Brigid Laffan is Director and Professor at the Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies, an inter-disciplinary research centre at the European University Institute. The Centre’s mission is to contribute to research on the major issues facing contemporary European society. Previously she was Vice-President of UCD and Principal of the College of Human Sciences from 2004 to 2011. Brigid Laffan is recipient of numerous awards: in 2005 she was elected Member of the Royal Irish Academy and in 2010 received the Ordre nationale du Mérite from the President of the French Republic. Her scholarship has been recognised by the THESEUS Award for Outstanding Research on European Integration in 2012 and the Lifetime Achievement Award for contribution to the development of European Studies in 2014 by UACES. Brigid’s research focuses on the dynamic of European integration.

Recent major publications include her co-edited book Core-periphery Relations in the European Union (London: Routledge, 2016, 311pp) and ‘Europe’s Union in Crisis: Tested and Contested’, Special Issue, West European Politics, 2016, 39:5.

Twitter: https://twitter.com/BrigidLaffan

Recent publications:

  • LAFFAN, Brigid, Brexit: re-opening Ireland's 'English Question', The political quarterly, 2018, Vol.89,       4,    pp.       568-575. 
    Retrieved from Cadmus, European University Institute Research Repository, at: http://hdl.handle.net/1814/60535
  • LAFFAN, Brigid, Brexit : a tale of exit over voice, in Franklin ALLEN; Elena CARLETTI; Joanna GRAY and Mitu GULATI (eds), The changing geography of finance and regulation in Europe, Florence : European University Institute; London : Brevan Howard Centre at Imperial College; Milan: Baffi Carefin, Bocconi University, 2017, pp. 129-140
    Retrieved from Cadmus, European University Institute Research Repository, at: http://hdl.handle.net/1814/53725

Roundtable discussion: Migration and Asylum

Moderation: Dr. Vittoria MEISSNER

Moderation: Dr. Vittoria MEISSNER: Vittoria Meissner is currently working as a research advisor at the Institut für Europäische Politik in Berlin where she also researches within the Horizon 2020 Project "EU IDEA – Integration and Differentiation for Effectiveness and Accountability". Her research interests include the EU migration and asylum policy, differentiated integration as well as European integration processes and institutional change.

Twitter: https://twitter.com/vimeissner

Recent publications:

  • Vittoria Meißner: “European Union Migration Agencies at the Crossroads: Significant Empowerment after the Schengen Crisis?”, Dissertation, Technische Universität München (2020). Available online at: https://mediatum.ub.tum.de/doc/1520238/file.pdf
  • Vittoria Meißner/Funda Tekin/Nils Fabian Müller: “Narratives of Political Unity in Times of Differentiation”, EU IDEA Research Paper no. 3, December 2019, https://euidea.eu/2019/12/20/narratives-of-political-unity-in-times-of-differentiation/.

Stephan MAYER

Stephan Mayer, a lawyer by training, has been a member of the Bundestag since 2002 and Parliamentary State Secretary to the Federal Minister of the Interior, Building and Community since March 2018.

Prof. Dr. Adriaan SCHOUT

Adriaan Schout is Professor of European Public administration at the Radboud University (Nijmegen, NL) and Senior Expert at the Netherlands Institute of International Relations (The Hague, NL). He published in the major academic journals on multilevel governance. Winner of the Prize for ‘Best Book in Contemporary European Integration Studies’ from UACES for his book with Andrew Jordan: The coordination of European Governance: exploring the capacities for networked governance, Oxford: Oxford University Press. He served as EU advisor to the Dutch government in the Advisory Council for Internal Affairs (2012-2020). His latest research includes studies on the remains of policy competition in the EU and on the EU’s multilevel management of border control. In addition, Adriaan Schout has been active in the media as commentator on EU politics.

Twitter: https://twitter.com/adriaanschout

Prof. Dr. Florian TRAUNER

Florian Trauner holds the Jean Monnet Chair EXACT at the VUB’s Institute for European Studies (IES). He also coordinates the ‘Migration, Diversity and Justice’ cluster at the IES as well as the VUB Interdisciplinary Centre of Expertise on Migration and Minorities (BIRMM). His research interests include the European integration process with a focus on EU asylum, migration, forcible return and counter-terrorism policies (including the linkages between European home affairs policies and foreign affairs/external relations).

Twitter: https://twitter.com/ftrauner

Recent publications:

  • Trauner, Florian and Ariadna Ripoll Servent (2020): Justice and Home Affairs in the European Union, In: Oxford Encyclopedia of European Union Politics,Oxford: Oxford University Press. doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acrefore/9780190228637.013.1084
  • Slominski, Peter/Florian Trauner (2020): Reforming me softly: how soft law has changed EU return policy since the migration crisis. In: West European Politics. https://doi.org/10.1080/01402382.2020.1745500
  • Adam, Ilke/Florian Trauner/Leonie Jegen/Christof Roos (2020): West African Interests in (EU) Migration Policy: Balancing Domestic Priorities with External Incentives. In: Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies. DOI: 10.1080/1369183X.2020.1750354

Roundtable discussion: Enlargement and Neighbourhood Policy

Moderation: Dr. Katrin BÖTTGER

Katrin Böttger is Director at the Institut für Europäische Politik in Berlin and lecturer at the Centre International de formation européenne. She is a member of the Board of the Netzwerk Europäische Bewegung (EBD), treasurer of the Arbeitskreis Europäische Integration (AEI) as well as a member of the Editorial Committee of the quarterly journal integration. She has wide experience as head of various projects such as the Horizon 2020 Project "SEnECA - Strengthening and Energizing EU-Central Asia Relations" funded by the European Commission. Her research focuses on the European Neighborhood Policy, EU enlargement, EU-Central Asia relations and Euroscepticism.

Twitter: https://twitter.com/boettger_iep

Recent publications:

  • Katrin Böttger: Interdependence as a Leitmotif in the EU’s Russia Policy: A Failure to Live Up to Expectations, in: Kristi Raik/András Rácz (Hrsg.): Post-Crimea Shift in EU-Russia Relations: From Fostering Interdependence to Managing Vulnerabilities, Tallin 2019, S. 45–57.
  • Katrin Böttger/Julian Plottka: A New Start for the EU Central Asia Policy in 2021? Current State, Developments and Perspectives for the Revision of the EU Central Asia Strategy, in: Mathias Jopp/Tatjana Kuhn/Janny Schulz (Hrsg.): L’Europe en formation. Central Asia and the South Caucasus: The EU’s Involvement and Regional Perspectives, Nr. 385, 2018/1, S. 46–60.

Prof. Dr. Danijela JACIMOVIC

Danijela Jacimovic is Professor of International Economics, Globalization of World Economy, Introduction of EU Economics, at the Faculty of Economics, University of Montenegro. She is head of International business department at Graduate studies and at International Economics department at the Master studies. The member of the Doctoral commission at the Faculty of Economics and was member of the Doctoral Board at the University of Montenegro.  The member of negotiation teams 25 and 33.  She teaches International Finance and EU Institutions at the undergraduate studies. Also she taught at the Faculty of Political Studies, at undergraduate program (courses EU Institutions and European Integrations) and graduate program (EU institutions). She was Visiting professor at many international universities (London School of Economics, Great Britain, Bologna University, Italy, Vienna University of Economics and Business Administration, Austria, University of Tokyo, Japan).  She has been team leader and researcher in many international and domestic projects (Jean Monett, IPA, bilateral research projects).

Twitter: https://twitter.com/jacimda1

Recent publications:

  • Jacimovic, D., Rogić., S “The Future of Europe – Views from the Capitals”, editors in chef: Michael Kaeding, Johannes Pollak and Paul Schmidt, chapter: Montenegro: A Great Bargain between EU optimism and real Euroscepticism, Palgrave Macmillan, London, 2020 (forthcoming)
  • Jacimovic, D, Ivanović M., Rogić S., “The Economic Geography of FDI in the Successor States of Yugoslav a :A Quarter Century after Dissolution” editors in chef: Joel Deichmann, chapter: FDI in Montenegro, Springer, New York (2020) forthcoming.
  • M., P. Bjelic, D. Jacimovic and M. Verbic, The impact of the exchange rate on the foreign trade imbalance during the economic crisis in the new EU member states and the Western Balkan countries, Economic Research, 2020 33(7), Issue 1(8).


Edgar Alfred Gansen is Head of Division EU External Policies incl. EU-Enlargement in the Federal Foreign Office since September 2016. Until recently, he was Head of Division for UN Economic and Development Affairs. Other previous roles include Head of Division for United Nations, Global Issues, Human Rights and Foreign Policy in G8 and G20 in the Federal Chancellery (2006-2011), Counselor of the Permanent Mission of Germany to the UN in New York (2001–2005), and Deputy Head of the German Mission in Kosovo (2000–2001).


Ilke Toygür is an Analyst of European Affairs at Elcano Royal Institute and Adjunct Professor of Political Science at Carlos III University of Madrid. Her main research areas include European integration, Euroscepticism, political parties and elections in Western Europe, global trends of democracy and authoritarianism, Geopolitics of Europe and transatlantic relations, Turkish politics and Turkish foreign policy.

Twitter: https://twitter.com/ilketoygur

Recent publications:

Prof. Dr. Giorgi KHISHTOVANI

Giorgi Khishtovani is Research Director at PMC Research Center. Parallely, he is an Associate Professor and head of department of finance at the Business School of Ilia State University. Before joining PMC Research Center, he worked as the deputy dean of faculty of business administartion and economics at Tbilisi State University (2009-2011); in 2011-2014 he was a research fellow at the University of Bremen, while in 2015-2016 he worked as the head of research at Institute of Development of Freedom of Information (IDFI). In 2015-2017, he worked as the director of grants and programs at the National Science Foundation of Georgia (SRNSF) and as the Associate Professor at the Caucasus International University.

Prof. Khishtovani focuses his research on the political economy and governance, on fiscal policy, human capital development, international trade and global finance. Moreover, he is an author and co-author of various applied research papers, where he has conducted sectoral studies in the fields of finances, capital markets, insurance sector, health care and regional competitiveness.


Dr. Yuriy Yakymenko is the President of the Razumkov Centre, Kyiv, Ukraine.
Before joining the Razumkov Centre, in 1995-2002, he worked at Administration of the President of Ukraine, as political analyst, Head of Division for liaison with political parties and public organization, Deputy Head of the Main Department of Political Analysis and Forecast.
He studied political science at Kyiv Taras Shevchenko University (graduated in 1991), obtained MA degree in Political Theory from The University of Manchester (1994), hold Ph.D. in Political Science.
Author of monographs, analytical reports, research papers, policy recommendations, numerous publications and comments for Ukrainian and foreign media on issues of Ukrainian politics. Took part in drafting legislation for reformation of political system of Ukraine, political parties and elections, participated in national electoral campaigns of leading political forces and candidates for presidency.
Spheres of expertise: Political system, political parties, electoral campaigns, civil society, political culture, national identity issues.

Recent publications:

Roundtable discussion: European Green Deal

Moderation: Univ. Prof. Dr. Johannes POLLAK

Johannes Pollak is Professor of Political Science at Webster Vienna Private University where he also serves as rector. He is Senior Research Fellow at the Institute for Advanced Studies, Vienna (IHS) and chairman of the Executive Board of the Institute of European Politics (IEP) in Berlin. He also serves as co-editor of the ECPR’s Journal Political Research Exchange (PRX). He is the author of Repräsentation ohne Demokratie (Springer 2007), co-editor of Political Representation (Routledge 2017) (jointy with C. Lord), co-editor of Creating Political Presence (University of Chicago Press 2019) (jointly with D. Castiglione). His recent publications concern the relationship between democracy and representation, supranational democracy, democratic theory and European Integration. In addition, his research deals with European Energy Policy.

Twitter: https://twitter.com/JohannesPollak

Recent publications:

  • Auel, Katrin and Pollak, Johannes (2019) Der österreichische Nationalrat und seine Mitwirkung in EU Angelegenheiten - eine vergleichende Betrachtung. In: Eppler, Annegret and Maurer, Andreas, (eds.) Europapolitische Koordination in Österreich. Europawissenschaftliche Reihe (5). Nomos Verlag, pp. 185-210.
  • Auel, Katrin and Pollak, Johannes (2019) Die Europapolitik in den Mitgliedstaaten der Europäischen Union: Österreich. In: Weidenfeld, Werner and Wessel, Wolfgang, (eds.) Jahrbuch der Europäischen Integration 2019. Baden-Baden: Nomos, pp. 511-514.

Univ. Prof. Dr. Christian CALLIESS

Christian Calliess is Professor for Public and European Law at the Free University Berlin and holder of an Ad Personam Jean-Monnet-Chair. From 2015 till 2018, he worked as Legal Adviser to the European Political Strategy Center (EPSC), the In-House-Think-Tank of the President of the European Commission. He has contributed to the White Paper process on the future of the EU and the Road to Sibiu/Leaders Agenda, the Task Force on Subsidiarity, the Security Union (including Cybersecurity) as well as the reform of the Euro-area

Recent publications:

  • Constitutional Identity in a Europe of Multilevel Constitutionalism, Cambridge University Press 2019
  • Better Governance in the Euro Area, in: Still Time to Save the Euro - A new Agenda for Growth and Jobs with a Focus on the Euro Area's Four Largest Countries, Hansjörg Herr, Jan Priewe and Andrew Watt (eds.), Social Europe Publishing 2019, S. 206-225
  • Zukunftsszenarien und Reformoptionen für die Europäische Union: vom Weißbuch der Kommission zu einer flexibleren Arbeitsmethode, in: integration Heft 2/2019, S. 97-117.


Sabine Nallinger is Managing Director of the 2 ° Foundation - German Businesses for Climate Protection. She has wide experience in the field of urban and transport planning at environmental associations and has worked in engineering offices as well as at the municipal utility company in Munich (SWM).

 Twitter: https://twitter.com/SabineNallinger

Dr. Karsten SACH

Karsten Sach is Director-General for International Policy and European Policy at the German Federal Ministry for Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety. Prior to this position, he led the Division and later the Sub-Department for international climate change issues. Since 1999, he has been the German chief negotiator at the UNFCCC conferences of the parties.

Twitter: https://twitter.com/sachkarsten

Prof. Dr. Gaby UMBACH

Gaby Umbach is Part-time Professor, Director of GlobalStat, RSCAS, EUI and H2020 TRIGGER consortium member leading global governance research. She is non-resident Visiting Fellow of the European Parliamentary Research Service, where she worked as policy analyst dealing with research methodologies and strategic academic outreach from 2017-18. She is also Adjunct Professor at the Universities of Cologne and Innsbruck, Book Review Editor of the Journal of Common Market Studies, Editorial Board member of the International Journal Evaluation and Program Planning and Board member of the Institute for European Politics Berlin. Her research focuses on global governance, policy-making by indicators, data for politics, data literacy, measuring as governance technique, and evidence-informed policy-making.

Twitter: https://twitter.com/gaby_um

Recent publications:

  • Hulme, David/Malito, Debora/Savoia, Antonio/Umbach, Gaby (forthcoming): 'Performance measurement of governance, peace and justice', in: Leal Filho, Walter/Azul, A.M./Brandli, Luciana/Özuyar, Pinar G./Wall, Tony (eds.) in: Encyclopedia of the UN Sustainable Development Goals, SDG 16: Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions, Springer.
  • Umbach, Gaby (2019): Evidence-informed Policy-Making, contribution to the Expert Report for the European Commission’s Joint Research Centres report “Understanding our political nature: How to put knowledge and reason at the heart of policymaking”, Brussels.
  • Umbach, Gaby (2019): Umwelt- und Klimapolitik, in: Weidenfeld, Werner / Wessels, Wolfgang (eds.): Europa von A – Z. Taschenbuch der europäischen Integration, Baden-Baden.

Must the EU “learn to speak the language of power”?

Moderation: Prof. Dr. Senem AYDIN-DÜZGIT

Senem Aydın-Düzgit is Professor of International Relations at the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences at Sabancı University, and a Senior Scholar and Research and Academic Affairs Coordinator at the Istanbul Policy Center. She was previously a Jean Monnet Chair of EU Political and Administrative Studies in the Department of International Relations at Istanbul Bilgi University. Her main research interests include EU foreign policy, Turkish foreign policy, discourse studies, politics of identity, and democratization. Her articles have been published in the Journal of Common Market Studies, West European PoliticsCooperation and Conflict, Third World Quarterly, Politics, and South European Society and Politics among others. She is the author of (with Nathalie Tocci) Turkey and the European Union (Palgrave, 2015) and Constructions of European Identity (Palgrave, 2012). She is a member of the ECFR Council, a fellow of the Young Academy of Europe and a member of Carnegie Endowment's Rising Democracies Network. She also serves as Associate Editor of South European Society and Politics. She was awarded the Young Scientist Award of Turkey’s Science Academy (BAGEP) in 2014.

Twitter: https://twitter.com/senemaydndzgit

Recent publications:

  • Turkey as a Model for the Mediterranean? Revealing Discursive Continuities with Europe’s Imperial Past” (with Bahar Rumelili and Seçkin Barış Gülmez), Interventions: International Journal of Postcolonial Studies,  2020, DOI: 10.1080/1369801X.2020.1749700.
  • “Can Non-Democracies Support International Democracy: Turkey as a Case Study”, Third World Quarterly, Vol. 41, No. 2, 2020, pp. 264-283.
  • "Legitimising Europe in Contested Settings: Europe as a Normative Power in Turkey?”, Journal of Common Market Studies, Vol. 56, No. 3, 2018, pp. 612-627.

Prof. Dr. Stefan FRÖHLICH

Stefan Fröhlich is Professor of International Politics and Political Economy at the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg and currently Guest professor at the College of Europe (Brugge and Natolin), the Universities of Oxford, Bonn and Zurich. He studied Political Science, Economics, American and Spanish literature in Bonn, Paris and Washington (MA 1985; Ph. D. 1989; “Habilitation” (Dr.phil.habil) 1996). He was Director of the postgraduate „European Studies Program“ at the Center for European Integration Studies in Bonn (1998-2002) and Visiting Professor at: Center for Transatlantic Relations, Johns Hopkins University, Washington, DC (2002/3); Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, Washington, DC (2007); Transatlantic Academy of the German Marshall Fund, Washington, DC (2016/17). Since 1998 he has also taught as Guest Professor at the Universities of Antwerp, Bologna, Boston (Harvard), Milan, Innsbruck, Vienna, Tübingen, Budapest, Birmingham, London, Moscow, Washington, Beirut and Otago.

His fields of research include EU foreign (economic) and security policy, transatlantic relations, German foreign (economic) and security policy, international political economy. He is Board Member of the German Atlantic Council (Berlin), Center for European Integration Studies (Bonn), German Council on Foreign Relations (Berlin), German Society for Political Science, Association for European Integration (Berlin), and the Institute for European Politics (Berlin).

Recent publications:

  • Der Einfluss äußerer Wirkkräfte auf den europäischen Einigungsprozess, in: Handbuch Europäische Union, Bd 1 (Hrg. Barbara Lippert, Peter Becker), Wiesbaden: Springer 2020.
  • Die USA und Europa, in: Länderbericht USA (Hrg. Georg Schild, Andrew Dension), Bundeszentrale für Politische Bildung, Bonn 2020.
  • Leitlinien der US-amerikanischen Außenpolitik, in: Handbuch Politik USA(Hrg. Christan Lammert, Markus Siewert, Boris Vormann), Wiesbaden: Springer 2020.

Sebastian GROTH

Sebastian Groth is Director for Policy Planning at the German Federal Foreign Office, where he previously held the positions of Deputy Director for Policy Planning (from September 2016 to March 2019) and Director of the State Secretaries’ Office (from 2014 to 2016). Between 2010 and 2014, he acted as an advisor on foreign policy and Franco-German relations in the cabinets of the French Prime Ministers François Fillon, Jean-Marc Ayrault and Manuel Valls.

Twitter: https://twitter.com/planungsstab

Dr. Nicoletta PIROZZI

Nicoletta Pirozzi is Head of the European Union Program and Institutional Relations Manager at the Istituto Affari Internazionali (IAI), Rome. She works mainly on EU governance, policy and institutional development in CFSP/CSDP, civilian crisis management, EU relations with the United Nations and the African Union. She is the Scientific Coordinator of the Horizon 2020 project EU IDEA – Integration and Differentiation for Effectiveness and Accountability.

Twitter: https://twitter.com/NicolePirozzi

Recent publications:

  • Pirozzi and V. Ntousas, Walking the Strategic Talk. A Progressive EU Foreign Policy Agenda for the Future, Bruxelles, Foundation for European Progressive Studies (FEPS) e Roma, Istituto Affari Internazionali (IAI), May 2019
  • Vai, P. D. Tortola and N. Pirozzi (eds), Governing Europe. How to Make the EU More Efficient and Democratic, Peter Lang, 2017
  • Pirozzi, EU crisis management after Lisbon: A new model to address security challenges in the 21st century, Antwerp and Cambridge, Intersentia, April 2015

Roundtable discussion: Institutional Reforms in Times of Crisis Management

Moderation: Prof. Dr. Michael KAEDING

Michael Kaeding is Professor for European Integration and European Union Politics at the Department of Political Science of the University of Duisburg-Essen in Germany. His research focuses on European elections, the micromanagement of European institutions, compliance with EU law, forms of EU decision-making, the future of Europe and the Europeanisation of political systems.

Twitter: https://twitter.com/MichaelKaeding

Recent publications:

  • Haußner, S. and M.Kaeding (2020) Political equality without social equality? Social distortion of voter turnout in the European elections 2019 across nine European capitals, Research&Politics https://doi.org/10.1177/2053168020928159.
  • Kaeding, M., M.Müller and J.Schmälter (Hrsg.) (2020) „Die Europawahl 2019“, Wiesbaden: Springer VS.
  • Kaeding, M., J.Pollack and P.Schmidt (eds.) (2020) Euroscepticism and the Future of Europe Views from the Capitals, London: Palgrave Macmillan.

Dr. Katrin AUEL

Katrin Auel is Head of the Research Group European Governance and Public Finance. She joined the Institute for Advanced Studies, Vienna, in 2012. Her research focuses on Europeanisation, multilevel governance and, in particular, legislative studies with a specific interest in the role of national parliaments in the EU.  

Twitter: https://twitter.com/katrinauel

Recent publications:

  • Katrin Auel (2019). ‘National Parliaments and the European Union’.Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Politics. Oxford University Press, DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acrefore/9780190228637.013.1490.
  • Katrin Auel (2019). ‘Eurosceptics into the Limelight? Eurosceptic Parliamentary Actors and Media Bias in EU Affairs’,Politics and Governance, 7(3), 248-265. 
  • Resul Umit and Katrin Auel (2020). ‘Divergent preferences and legislative speeches on Brexit’.Journal of Elections, Public Opinion and Parties, 30(2), 202-220.


Gaby Bischoff has been a Berlin MP in the European Parliament since 2019 and serves as member of Committees on Constitutional Affairs (AFCO) and on Employment and Social Affairs (EMPL). From 2015 to 2019, she represented workers in the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC), the European civil society house in Brussels.

As AFCO Vice-chair, Gaby is dedicated to ensuring a broad participation of citizens within the reform process “The Conference of the Future of Europe” which is about to start.

 Twitter: https://twitter.com/gabischoff


Jim Cloos is Deputy Director General for General and Institutional Policy at the General Secretariat of the Council of the European Union. Between 2001 and 2006, he was a close collaborator of High Representative Javier Solana. He took an active part in the drafting of the Maastricht Treaty during the Luxembourg Presidency in the first half of 1991.

Prof. Dr. Wolfgang WESSELS

Wolfgang Wessels has been director of the Center for Studies in Turkey and the European Union (CETEUS) at the University of Cologne since 2016. He received an Ad Personam Jean Monnet Chair and the UACES Prize for his life's work in contemporary European studies. He became Honorary Chairman of the Institut für Europäische Politik in Berlin in 2019. At the PPC, TEPSA will introduce him as an 'Honorary Member of the Board'. His research focuses on European integration, Turkey, the European Council and theories of European integration.  

Recent publications:

  • Hopp L., Wessels W. (2020) Europäischer Rat. In: Weidenfeld W., Wessels W., Tekin F. (Hrsg.) Europa von A bis Z. Springer VS, Wiesbaden
  • Wessels W. (2020) Narratives Matter: In Search of a Partnership IPC-Mercator Policy Brief
  • Wessels W., Wolters J. (2020) Der Europäische Rat. In: Becker, Peter, Lippert, Barbara (Hrsg.) Handbuch Europäische Union. Springer VS, Wiesbaden

Roundtable discussion: European Social Cohesion and Social Security

Moderation: Pola SCHNEEMELCHER

Pola Schneemelcher is an affiliate of the Jacques Delors Centre in Berlin. Her main research interests are the Economic and Monetary Union, the European Single Market and Social Europe. Previously, she worked as a research associate at the German Bundestag and at the Gesellschaft für internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ). ​

Twitter: https://twitter.com/pola_schnee

Recent publications:

Prof. Dr. Iain BEGG

Iain Begg is Professorial Research Fellow at the European Institute and co-director of the Dahrendorf Forum, London School of Economics and Political Science. His research work focuses on the political economy of European integration and EU economic governance. He has directed and participated in a series of research projects on different facets of EU policy. His current and recent projects include studies on the governance of EU economic and social policy, the economic and fiscal consequences of Brexit, evaluation of EU cohesion policy and reform of the EU budget.

Twitter: https://twitter.com/IainBeggLSE

Recent publications:


Hrvoje Butković works as a Senior Research Associate at the IRMO Department for European Integration. His research focuses on democracy in the EU, institutional development of the EU and industrial relations in Europe. He participated in the implementation of numerous international research projects focusing on the various aspects of integration in the EU such as EU IMPACT – Academic Network for Communicating Integration Impacts in Croatia and Ireland and POLO-Cro28 – Policy Observatory in Croatia.

Recent publications:

  • Butković, Hrvoje; Samardžija Višnja. The Digital Transformation of the Labour Market in Croatia.Zagreb: Institute for Development and International Relations. , pp. 207.  ISBN 978-953-6096-86-2.
  • Butković, Hrvoje. Innovative Practices of Croatian Trade Unions: Is there Sufficient Ground for Optimism? in  Magdalena  Bernaciak  and Marta  Kahancova  (eds.): Innovative  Union  Practices  in Central-Eastern  Europe. Bruxelles:  European Trade Union Institute. 2017,  pp.  39-57, ISBN  978-2-87452-449-3.
  • Butković, Hrvoje. The Rise of Direct Democracy in Croatia:  Balancing or Challenging Parliamentary Representation? Croatian International Relations Review.23 (2017), 77; 39-80. ISSN 1331-1182

Prof. Dr. Miriam HARTLAPP

Miriam Hartlapp is Professor for Comparative Politics: Germany and France at the Freie Universität Berlin. Her research and teaching focus on European intergation and comparative politics, in particular questions of power, polarization and conflict in the EU Multilevel System, implementation and compliance, soft law and the intersection of economic and social EU policies.

Twitter: https://twitter.com/MHartlapp@MHartlapp

Recent publications:

  • Taking the EU to Court. Annulment Proceedings and Multilevel Judicial Conflict. Cham: Palgrave Macmillan, 2019 [mit C. Adam, M. W. Bauer & E. Mathieu].
  • The use of EU soft law by national courts and bureaucrats: how relation to hard law and policy maturity matter. In: West European Politics, 2020 [mit A. Hofmann]
  • Revisiting patterns in EU regulatory social policy: (still) supporting the market or social goals in their own right? In: Zeitschrift für Sozialreform (1), 2019.


Rolf Schmachtenberg has been Permanent State Secretary at the Federal Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs since March 2018. He is responsible for the areas Social Insurance/Provision for Old Age, Participation/Matters relating to Persons with Disabilities, Social Compensation/Social Assistance and European Employment and Social Policy. He earned a doctorate in economics. Since 1990 he has held various leading positions in the field of labour and social affairs. In doing so, gained a lot of experience in labour market policy, participation/matters relating to persons with disabilities, European labour market and social policy and also in international development cooperation work.

Roundtable discussion: Young ideas

Moderation: Julia KLEIN

Julia Klein is a Research Assistant and Doctoral Candidate at the Chair for Multilevel Governance in Europe at Otto-von-Guericke University Magdeburg since October 2018.

 Twitter: https://twitter.com/ju_kle

Recent publications:

  • Julia Klein: Brexit, in: Weidenfeld W. / Wessels W. / Tekin F. (Hrsg.): Europa von A bis Z (Living Edition), Wiesbaden 2019.
  • Julia Klein: Europaskeptizismus, in: Weidenfeld W. / Wessels W. / Tekin F. (Hrsg.): Europa von A bis Z (Living Edition), Wiesbaden 2019. 
  • Julia Klein / Julian Plottka / Amelie Tittel: Der Neustart der europäischen Integration durch eine inklusive Avantgarde?, in: integration 2/2018.


Julian Plottka is a Senior Researcher at the Institut für Europäische Politik in Berlin and Research Associate at the Jean-Monnet-Chair for European Politics at the University of Passau. He has managed several research projects, including a “Study on the European Added Value of the European Citizens’ Initiative” and the project “The Relaunch of Europe. Mapping Member State Reform Interests”.

Twitter: https://twitter.com/Jplottka

Recent publications:

  • Katrin Böttger/Julian Plottka: A New Start for the EU Central Asia Policy in 2021? Current State, Developments and Perspectives for the Revision of the EU Central Asia Strategy, in: L'Europe en formation 385/2019, S. 46-60.
  • Julian Plottka/Nicola Rebmann: Demokratiedefizit, in: Werner Weidenfeld/Wolfgang Wessels/Funda Tekin (eds.): Europa von A bis Z. Taschenbuch der europäischen Integration, Wiesbaden 2019, https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-658-24456-9_34-1.
  • Julia Klein/Julian Plottka/Amelie Tittel: Der Neustart der europäischen Integration durch eine inklusive Avantgarde?, in: integration 2/2018, S. 141-168.


Jana Schubert is a Research Associate and Project Manager at the Institut für Europäische Politik in Berlin. She is managing editor of the ‘Yearbook of European Integration and she is also responsible for the coordination, planning and implementation of the youth participation project for the Trio EU Council Presidency of Germany, Portugal and Slovenia #EngagEUrCouncil. Her research focuses on Common Security and Defence Policy, the Future of Europe, and German-French relations.

Twitter: https://twitter.com/schu_jana@Schu_Jana

Recent publications:

  • Funda Tekin/Jana Schubert (2020): Deutschlands „Corona-Präsidentschaft“. Weichenstellung für die Zukunft Europas, in: APuZ 23-25/2020: „Europäische Baustellen“, pp. 11-17; also available at: https://www.bpb.de/apuz/310562/deutschlands-corona-praesidentschaft
  • Jana Schubert (2020): Deutsch-französische Partnerschaft, in: Werner Weidenfeld et al. (Ed.): Europa von A bis Z, Springer online.
  • Mathias Jopp/Jana Schubert (2019): PESCO and New Methods of Intergovernmental Integration, in: Centre international de formation européenne (Hrsg.): Towards a European Defence. L’Europe en formation No. 389, 2/2019, pp. 131-149.

Concluding Remarks

Prof. Dr. Lucia MOKRÁ

Lucia Mokrá is associate professor of International and European Law at the Institute of European Studies and International Relations. She is dean of the Faculty of Social and Economic Sciences of Comenius University. Her expertise is International Law, European Law and Institutions, EU Foreign policy and particularly Human Rights and Migration. She is also rapporteur of the Intergovernmental Council of UNESCO MOST program and Chair of the Trans European Policy Association (TEPSA).

 Recent publications:

  • Blazo, Ondrej & Kovacikova, Hana & Mokra, Lucia. (2019). European Environmental policy and public procurement -connected or disconnected? International and. 19. 239-265.
  • Gyarfasova, Olga & Mokra, Lucia. (2019). Being European: The Slovak Way.

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