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Sophie Pornschlegel
Connecting Europe Project Leader and Senior Policy Analyst
Sophie Pornschlegel joined the EPC in July 2019 as Project Leader of the joint EPC-Stiftung Mercator project 'Connecting Europe', which aims to connect the projects supported by Stiftung Mercator with the Brussels policy community.

In addition, she is a Senior Policy Analyst in the European Politics and Institutions Programme. Her research focuses on European integration, German and French EU policy, Franco-German relations and European party politics.

Before joining the EPC, Sophie worked as a Project Manager at the Berlin-based think tank 'Das Progressive Zentrum' where she headed the Democracy Lab, a structure dedicated to innovative projects on the topics of democratic innovations, populism and social cohesion. Sophie previously worked as a public affairs consultant, in the political section of the European Commission Representation in Germany and for a Labour MP in Westminster. Sophie was an executive board member of the grassroots think tank Polis180 between 2016 and 2019.



Areas of expertise

European integration, German and French EU policy, Franco-German relations, EU party politics, democracy, rule of law and civil society

Current positions

Project Leader of ‘Connecting Europe’ and Senior Policy Analyst


M.Sc in European Affairs, London School of Economics and Sciences Po Paris
B.A. in Politics, Sciences Po Paris


English, French, German, Italian (basic)



European think tanks: Time for transnational cooperation
By Fabian Zuleeg , Sophie Pornschlegel - 17/11/2022
No power without values: Why the EU needs to embrace political leadership if it wants to safeguard democracy
By Sophie Pornschlegel , Clara Sophie Cramer - 09/11/2022
Future of Europe / DISCUSSION PAPER
After Russia’s invasion of Ukraine: Unity is good, but ambition is better
By Sophie Pornschlegel , Ilke Toygür - 01/06/2022
Conference on the Future of Europe / EPC ROUND-UP
The Conference on the Future of Europe: From citizens’ recommendations to EU policy
By Ivano di Carlo , Sophie Pornschlegel , Francesco De Angelis , Laura Rayner , Filipe Ataíde Lampe , Silvia Carta - 05/05/2022


Social cohesion / PUBLICATION
Trying Times - Rethinking Social Cohesion
Societies everywhere are faced with profound changes. The megatrends of globalization, digitalization and demographic change are affecting many areas of life and pose several challenges to social cohesion: What is the fate of solidarity in a globalized economy? How do algorithms and social media influence how we live together? How can we shape the future of coexistence in an increasingly diverse society? Addressing these and other issues, the study provides a set of focus questions at the end of each chapter that are designed to promote public debate on how to shape cohesion as we move forward.

Read the full paper here

04 September 2019 - , Deutschland
Bertelsmann Stiftung Gütersloh
European elections / PUBLICATION
The European Election 2019: A Comparative Outlook at the European Election Campaigns in France, Germany and Poland
The discussion paper takes a closer look at the European Election Campaigns 2019 in France, Germany and Poland and analyses whether they favoured the emergence of a Europeanised public sphere.

Read the full paper here

17 July 2019 - , Deutschland
Das Progressive Zentrum

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