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Yann-Sven Rittelmeyer
Yann-Sven Rittelmeyer
Policy Analyst
Tel:  +32 (0)2 286.11.92
Twitter: @YSRittelmeyer

Yann-Sven Rittelmeyer is a Policy Analyst in the EPC’s European Politics and Institutions Programme.

From 2011 to 2014, he has been a Research Fellow in the Study Committee for Franco-German Relations (Cerfa) at the French Institute of International Relations (Ifri) in Paris, France. In addition, he has gained professional experience by working in European or French public organizations (European Commission, European Parliament, French Embassy in Berlin).

He received a PhD in political science from the Université Libre de Bruxelles (ULB) for a dissertation on the institutionalization of the European Council. He also holds a Master's degree in European studies from this university as well as a graduate certificate in research formation from the Institute of European Studies (ULB). He also graduated from Sciences Po Strasbourg and has spent one academic year at the Freie Universität Berlin.

He has published several books (The European Council and European Governance. The commanding heights of the EU, Routledge, 2013, co-edited with François Foret; Despre Parlamentul European, democratizare şi democraţie, Iasi, Editura Institutul European, 2011, written with Nathalie Brack, Ramona Coman and Cristina Stanculescu; Les Sommets restreints et l’Union européenne, L’Harmattan, 2006) and articles as well in academic reviews as for journals with a broader readership. He regularly writes articles covering European as well as French-German issues.

He is currently an Associate Researcher at the Centre for the Study of Politics (CEVIPOL) of the Université Libre de Bruxelles (ULB).

Internal Responsibilities

Coordination or support for several projects within the European Politics and Institutions Programme.

Area of expertise

Franco-German Relations, European Governance, European Council, Rotating presidencies, European Elections, Franco-German and European institutional and political issues.


English, French, German

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Public appearances and Acknowledgments

Citizens consultations in Europe
3 February 2018

Yann-Sven Rittelmeyer presented and discussed the paper he co-authored with Corina Stratulat and Paul Butcher “En Marche l'Europe? - A strategy to implement democratic conventions” at a joint seminar organized by the Friday group and Bouger les lignes. The meeting took place in Paris on 3rd and 4th February.

NPE Report Estonian launch
17 January 2018

Yann-Sven Rittelmeyer took part to the Estonian launch of New Pact for Europe third report: "Re-energising Europe: A package deal for the EU27", organised by Open Estonia Foundation in Tallinn.

Franco-German deal
11 January 2018

Yann-Sven Rittelmeyer spoke about the need for a Franco-German deal and the prospects for 2018 at a Symposium celebrating the 60th anniversary of Honorary Doctorate Robert Schuman-Konrad Adenauer at KU Leuven, organised by the Wilfried Martens Fund with the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung and the Fondation Robert Schuman. 

The Franco-German couple in the EU
16 November 2017

Yann-Sven Rittelmeyer gave a conference on “Can the Franco-German couple relaunch the EU?” at Wallonie-Bruxelles International (WBI – Walllonia-Brussels International). 

Chatham House Negotiation simulation
8 November 2017

Yann-Sven Rittelmeyer participated to a one-day simulation exercise on EU’s reactions to authoritarianism organised by the Europe Programme and the US and the Americas Programme at Chatham House (London).

Agenda-setting in the European Council
10 October 2017

Yann-Sven Rittelmeyer spoke at the European Parliament in a conference on 'The European Council: What makes it to the agenda and why?' organised by the European Parliamentary Research Service. 

Public perception of European security and defence policy
26 September 2017

Yann-Sven Rittelmeyer spoke about the public perception of European security and defence policy at the 13th CSDP High Level Course organised by the Belgian Royal High Institute for Defence in the framework of the European Security and Defence College (ESDC).

The New Pact for Europe project: Debating the European crises
16 August 2017

Yann-Sven Rittelmeyer and Christal Morehouse co-wrote a chapter entitled 'The 'New Pact for Europe'-Project: Debating the European Crises' in a book edited by Angelos Giannakopoulos on 'Solidarity in the European Union: Challenges and Perspectives', published by The S. Daniel Abraham Center for International and Regional Studies, Tel Aviv University.

Multi-speed Europe: The EU's future or doom? Shaping differentiated integration
4 July 2017

On 3-4 July, Yann-Sven Rittelmeyer spoke in a roundtable on "Multi-speed Europe: The EU's future or doom? Shaping differentiated integration" in the framework of the event "Weimar Triangle Roundtable Discussion. More Europe, Less Europe, Better Europe? Rethinking the Future of the EU". The event was organized by the Stiftung Genshagen (Germany) and funded by the Foundation for German-Polish cooperation and the German Foreign Office.

French society and the EU
20 June 2017

Yann-Sven Rittelmeyer published a contribution entitled “Reforming France and the EU: the last glimpse of hope for French society?” in the framework of a Chatham House research project comparing public and elite attitudes in the EU. 

France, Germany and Poland: Scenarios for Cooperation in Times of Political Turmoil
11 May 2017

Yann-Sven Rittelmeyer spoke at a conference on 'France, Germany and Poland: Scenarios for Cooperation in Times of Political Turmoil' organised by the German Institute for International and Security Affairs – Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik (SWP).

French presidential elections - live discussion
8 May 2017

Yann-Sven Rittelmeyer discussed the results of the French presidential elections and their consequences for the EU at a live video discussion broadcasted on Facebook & Twitter, organised by The Conference Board.

France’s unpredictable election: the consequences for the EU
19 April 2017

Yann-Sven Rittelmeyer's article on the French elections and the consequences for the EU was published on the International Spectator, the online magazine of the Clingendael Netherlands Institute for International Relations, a Dutch think tank.

New Pact for Europe and EU-Israel relations
9 February 2017

Yann-Sven Rittelmeyer and Andrea Frontini spoke to a delegation of MA students from The Hebrew University of Jerusalem about the role of think tanks in Brussels, the New Pact for Europe project and the EU-Israel Strategic Dialogue.

The European Council. Spreading knowledge and fostering research on a key institution.
17 January 2017

Yann-Sven Rittelmeyer spoke in session four 'the European Council in times of crisis' at a Dissemination Conference in Berlin, organised by CETEUS and the University of Cologne on 16 and 17 of January.

Meeting with students
22 November 2016

Robin Huguenot-Noël, Yann-Sven Rittelmeyer and Norma Rose spoke about the EPC, the New Pact for Europe project and the main challenges the EU is facing to a group of Master students from the University of Nantes.