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Dr. Robert Stüwe is a Research Fellow at ZEI since October 2015. His main fields of expertise are the European Commission, external energy policy and rule of law in the EU. In 2020, he earned his PhD in Political Science at the University of Bonn with a thesis on the EU's power problem in external energy relations ("magna cum laude") under the supervision of Prof. Dr. Ludger Kühnhardt. At ZEI, he coordinates the research project "Governance and Regulation in the European Union" which analyzes the policies of the EU institutions. He has editorial responsibility for the ZEI Monitor, the Future of Europe Observer and the ZEI Insights. Dr. Stüwe is the co-editor of the edited volume "The Juncker Commission: Politicizing EU Policies" (Nomos Publishing House, Baden-Baden 2020) - the first comprehensive scientific analysis of President Juncker's term of office. In 2014 he completed the Master of European Studies in European Law and Politics at ZEI after having graduated with a Bachelor's degree in Political Science and Sociology from the University of Bonn in 2013.  

In addition, he is a Research Affiliate at the Center for European Neighborhood Studies (CENS) of the Central European University (CEU) and a visiting lecturer at the Andrássy University in Budapest. As a guest speaker, he also analyzes developments in European politics in front of a non-scientific audience (Gustav Stresemann Institute, Goethe Institute, Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom, Johannes-Albers-Bildungsforum, Bundeswehr, Vocational College Bonn-Duisdorf, Friedrich Ebert Foundation, Democracy International) and for domestic and foreign broadcasting (Phoenix TV, WDR 5,  bonnFM, ERR - Estonian Public Broadcasting, Radio 100.7 - Luxembourg, TASR - News Agency of the Slovak Republic) as well as for news magazines (Euractiv, Börsen-Zeitung).




Das Machtproblem der EU-Energieaußenpolitik

Robert Stüwe

Das Machtproblem der EU-Energieaußenpolitik. Von der Integration zur Projektion beim Erdgasimport?

304 pages, Nomos Publishing House, Baden-Baden 2020 (Dissertation, Univ. of Bonn)

ISBN 978-3-8487-6882-0.

The Juncker Commission


Robert Stüwe / Thomas Panayotopoulos (eds.)

The Juncker Commission. Politicizing EU Policies

Nomos Publishing House, Baden-Baden 2020,

216 pages, ISBN 978-3-8487-5597-4

As author

Book contribution „Lessons Learned: How the Juncker Commission Navigated Politicized Policies”, in: Stüwe, Robert / Panayotopoulos, Thomas (eds.): The Juncker Commission. Politicizing EU Policies, Nomos Verlag, Baden-Baden 2020, p. 205-216, ISBN 978-3-8487-5597-4.

Essay „Rechtsstaatlichkeit in der EU als Schlüsselfaktor für eine resiliente Außenpolitik gegenüber Autokraten.“, in: Zeitschrift für Außen- und Sicherheitspolitik, Vol. 13 (3), September 2020, p. 271–285,

Book contribution “Politicisation As An Opportunity For Leadership: The Juncker Commission”, in: Liermann Traniello, Christiane / Scotto, Matteo / Stefenelli, Julian (eds.): Vereinigte Staaten von Europa: Hoffnung, Alptraum, Utopie?, Villa Vigoni Editore Verlag, Loveno di Menaggio 2020, p. 235-247.

Article “Von der Leyen: Europe’s New Deal Despite Corona?”, in: ZEI Future of Europe Observer “Von der Leyen: Europe’s New Deal Despite Corona?”, Vol. 8 No. 1, April 2020.

Policy Paper "Die innere Regimefrage als Schlüsselfaktor für die EU-Außenpolitik", in: Zeitschrift für Außen- und Sicherheitspolitik (ZFAS) - Kurzfassung, July 2019.

Policy Paper  "Reconciling core state power integration with market regulation? The potential of the Macron-Rutte alliance", CENS Policy Paper No. 15, November 2018 (with L. Janulewicz).

Conference Paper “Smart Politicisation via Key Policies: How to Strengthen the Sense of Belonging to the EU", Graduate Workshop “Citizenship and Belonging in Europe – Historical and Contemporary Perspectives”, 20-24 November 2017, Menaggio, Italy.

Essay "One goal – two ways: Testing the feasibility of Macron and Juncker’s EU visions", ZEI Insight No. 51 (Link:, Bonn 2017 (with T. Panayotopoulos).

Policy Paper “EU External Energy Policy in Natural Gas: A Case of Neofunctionalist Integration?”, ZEI Discussion Paper C 241/2017.
Reprinted by Natural Gas World Magazine / Global Gas Perspectives (Link:, 26 August 2017.

Article: „Der (junge) deutsch-ungarische Blick auf Europa“, Article, 6th of November 2016, in: Budapester Zeitung.

"The EU Commission’s Energy Security Package: A Challenge To Russia’s Gas Dominance?", ZEI Insight No. 37, Bonn 2016.

"New Strategy for Completing the Single Market: A New Chance?", ZEI Insight No. 26, Bonn 2015.

"Verschärfte Korruptionsgesetze in den USA", FNF International News 1-2012, p. 46, Friedrich-Naumann-Stiftung für die Freiheit.

As editor

ZEI-MEDAC Future of Europe Observer “Euro-Mediterranean Relations: From Illegal to Legal Migration?”, No.. 6 No. 3, September 2018.

ZEI Future of Europe Observer “Taking Stock of the EU Global Strategy”, Vol. 6 No. 2, June 2018 (with A. Donnelly).

"The Juncker Commission: Third Year Review", Future of Europe Observer, Vol. 6, No. 1, March 2018 (with T. Panayotopoulos).

“The EU Global Strategy: Power of Perceptions”, Future of Europe Observer, Vol. 5 No. 2, April 2017 (with S. Brammer and T. Panayotopoulos).

"The Juncker Commission: Second Year Review", Future of Europe Observer, Vol. 5, No. 1, February 2017 (with S. Brammer and T. Panayotopoulos).

"Post BREXIT EU", Future of Europe Observer, Vol. 4, No. 3, November 2016 (with S. Brammer and T. Panayotopoulos).

 "The EU Economy: A Construction Site", Future of Europe Observer, Vol. 4, No. 2, June 2016 (with T. Panayotopoulos).

Presentations and Panel Contributions

Panel contribution “The Idea of Resilience in the EU’s Energy Union Governance“ zur Konferenz “The Vision for the EU’s Future Energy Security”, Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung / Center for European Neighborhood Studies (CENS) at the Central European University, 12 March 2019, Budapest.

Presentation: "ZEI Monitor: EU Legislative Progress 2014-2019", 29th European GSI Summer School, Gustav Stresemann Institut Bonn, 22 September 2018, Bonn.

Contribution to the ZEI Alumni-Panel „Re-energizing the EU“, ZEI Final Ceremony for the Master of European Studies "Class of 2018", 29 June 2018, Bonn.

Presentation and Discussion: "Macron's, Juncker's and Rutte's Ideas on the Future of Europe in the Tension between Centralisation and Regionalisation", weekend course by the Europanetzwerk Deutsch (German Foreign Office / Goethe-Institut), 23 June 2018, Bonn.

Presentation: “European Crisis Management in the gas dispute between Russia and Ukraine and the Consequences for Energy Security", 9 March 2018, German Embassy Budapest / Andrássy University.

Chair of the Working Group “Ukraine: Domestic Reform Agenda” at the conference „Ukraine – The Limits of Diplomacy“ hosted by Andrássy-University Budapest / German Embassy Budapest / Konrad- Adenauer-Foundation, 14 September 2017.

Presentation: „Neue Medien in der Wissenschaft“, XVII. Europakolloquium, Hanns Martin Schleyer-Stiftung, Münstertal, Schwarzwald, 21-22 April 2017.

Presentation: “Key EU initiatives for enhancing competitiveness in Central Eastern Europe“, 26th Annual Convention of the German-Hungarian Forum (Institut für Europäische Politik, iep) , 26 October 2016, Andrássy University Budapest.

Presentation: „The European Union and the Paris Climate Agreement - Strategies, Tactical Approaches and Expectations“, International Colloquium “Outlook to Paris: Global Challenges - National Contributions”, Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom, 11 November 2015, Bonn.



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