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The European Politics and Institutions programme covers the EU’s institutional architecture, governance and policymaking to ensure that it can move forward and respond to the challenges of the 21st century democratically and effectively. It also monitors and analyses political developments at the EU level and in the member states, discussing the key questions of how to involve European citizens in the discussions over the Union’s future and how to win their support for European integration. The programme has a special focus on enlargement policy towards the Western Balkans, questions of EU institutional reform and illiberal trends in European democracies.


Citizen participation / REPORT
Moving EuropE Together, through citizens’ deliberations
By Corina Stratulat , Johannes Greubel , Lucasta Bath - 28/06/2022
Future of Europe / OP-ED
Adding ambition to Europe’s unity
By Herman Van Rompuy , Brigid Laffan - 16/06/2022
European Commission / DISCUSSION PAPER
The von der Leyen European Commission at midterm: Same priorities, different reality
By Corina Stratulat , Annika Hedberg , Stefan Sipka , Janis A. Emmanouilidis , Johannes Greubel , Francesco De Angelis , Laura Rayner , Danielle Brady , Perle Petit , Silvia Carta , Andrea García Rodríguez , Simon Dekeyrel , Melanie Fessler , Tommaso Grossi , Emily Fitzpatrick , Elizabeth Kuiper , Marta Mucznik - 13/06/2022
Conference on the Future of Europe / COMMENTARY
How to trigger treaty change
By Andrew Duff - 10/05/2022
Democracy / REPORT
Under Construction - Citizen Participation in the European Union
By Corina Stratulat , Janis A. Emmanouilidis , Paul Butcher , Dominik Hierlemann , Maarten de Groot , Stefan Roch - 09/05/2022


Integration / CONTRIBUTION
Perspectives on the EU from the centre of European societies
Johannes Greubel contributed to the drafting of a study published by Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung, in cooperation with the Egmont Institute and ifok. The study aims to analyse how citizens at the centre of the political spectrum look at European integration and the challenges the EU faces today. 

You can read it here.

22 March 2022 - ,
Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung, Egmont Institute, ifok
Conference on the Future of Europe / CONTRIBUTION
A ROCKY ROAD TO REFORM? Facilitating Concrete Output and Follow-up from the Conference
Johannes Greubel authored a chapter in the first issue of the Future Europe journal entitled "Europe's window of opportunity: Why the EU needs to reform after the Conference." 

You can read it here.

21 February 2022 - ,
Future Europe
Future of Europe / BOOK
Towards a Win-Win Package Deal and More Effective Decision-making in a Union Faced with Disruptive Change
In chapter 11 of the book “European Futures: Challenges and Crossroads for the European Union of 2050”, Johannes Greubel and Fabian Zuleeg analyse the current state of the EU, arguing that whereas progress has been made in a lot of areas during the past years, there is still a lot of unfinished business and fundamental challenges that member states need to address. In order to counter those challenges, the EU27 need to agree on a win-win package deal in many policy areas and improve the EU’s decision-making system. 

You can find the full publication here.

“European Futures: Challenges and Crossroads for the European Union of 2050”
31 March 2021 - London,

European Commission / PODCAST

EU leaders agree on top jobs, but will it stick?
After a marathon Council meeting, EU leaders finally settled on a new leadership team for the bloc, picking German defence minister Ursula von der Leyen as Commission president, Belgian Prime Minister Charles Michel as president of the Council, IMF’s Christine Lagarde as president of the ECB, and Spanish Foreign Minister Josep Borrell as the new High Representative for foreign affairs and security policy.

In this episode, EPC Director of Studies Janis A. Emmanouilidis lifts the curtain on what was going on behind closed doors at the summit and explains how von der Leyen became the Commission president candidate everyone could get behind (sort of). He also covers what this means for the Spitzenkandidaten process, lessons learnt (introduce transnational lists, pick your Spitzenkandidat carefully, and Parliament, take the initiative!), and what will happen next.



European elections / PODCAST

Post-election analysis
Analysts Janis A. Emmanouilidis, Corina Stratulat and Fabian Zuleeg shared their views on the results of the European Parliament elections at an EPC post-election briefing.

Their in-depth analysis covered, among other things, the implications of the splintering of the European vote, the emergence of a new political alignment that goes beyond the traditional left-right paradigm, the different scenarios for a new coalition agreement in the Parliament, the race for the EU top jobs and what the election results in the UK mean for Brexit.

With Fabian Zuleeg , Corina Stratulat , Janis A. Emmanouilidis


Populism / PODCAST

A look ahead at 2019: Can the centre hold?
In our last podcast of 2018, Director of Studies Janis A. Emmanouilidis and Junior Policy Analyst Paul Butcher take stock of where the EU stands after the December summit but also look ahead at what’s in store for Europe in 2019.

Next year promises to be another turbulent year, as a divided and polarised EU will head to the polls in May. The stakes are high. Many analysts predict – or fear is the better word – that Eurosceptic, anti-globalist parties will take over the European Parliament and blow up the Union’s traditional consensus-building politics. Emmanouilidis and Butcher talk about what the growing polarisation means for the upcoming political transition and address the threat of disinformation and fake news ahead of the elections.

With Paul Butcher , Janis A. Emmanouilidis


Brexit / PODCAST

Brexit: The last 5%
Ahead of the European Policy Centre's conference 'A new blueprint for the EU after 2019', Anand Menon, Director of The UK in a Changing Europe, and Fabian Zuleeg, EPC's chief executive, sat down to discuss the latest in the Brexit negotiations.

The deal between the UK and the EU is 95% done, but the last 5% turns out to be the most difficult. Menon and Zuleeg talked about the Northern-Irish backstop, the extension to the transition period, the probability of a no-deal scenario and whether or not Brexit is still reversible.

With Fabian Zuleeg , Anand Menon


Post-Summit Briefing / PODCAST

Post-summit(s) rundown
Director of Studies Janis A. Emmanouilidis and head of the migration and diversity programme Marie De Somer discuss the latest developments in the Brexit talks, migration and EMU reform.

After the disappointment of the Brexit summit, where do the EU and UK go from here? Will migration continue to dominate the public debate in Europe? Has the window of opportunity for EMU reform been closed indefinitely? And what does it all mean with the 2019 European Parliament elections on the horizon?

With Marie De Somer , Janis A. Emmanouilidis



Deputy Chief Executive & Director of Studies
Institutional reform, poly-crisis, differentiated integration, enlargement, reform of economic governance
Head of European Politics and Institutions Programme and Senior Policy Analyst
EU enlargement, Western Balkans, democracy, citizen participation, populism, political parties
Policy Analyst
EU Governance, Germany, Better Regulation, European elections, future of Europe
Junior Policy Analyst
Democracy, authoritarian regimes, democratic backsliding, human rights, freedom of the press, freedom of speech, elections, ASEAN
Programme Assistant
European data privacy laws, EU-UK relations, democratic engagement across the EU, youth and employment policy

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