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Since the start of the program in 1998/99, more than 400 fellows have graduated with a Master of European Studies from the Center for European Integration Studies (ZEI). More...

 

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ZEI Regional Integration Observer, No. 2016/02Comparative Regional Integration

Regional Integration Observer No. 2016/02

The second edition of the Regional Integration Observer (RIO) in 2016 is taking stock of the bi-regional project “Sustainable Regional Integration: The European Union and West Africa” between the West Africa Institute (WAI) and the Center for European Integration Studies (ZEI).    More...

 

 

Ludger Kühnhardt, Managing the Forces of European Populism: The next election to the European Parliament in May 2019 may become the first pan-European referendum.
European Governance and Regulation

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Ludger Kühnhardt, Managing the Forces of European Populism: The next election to the European Parliament in May 2019 may become the first pan-European referendum.

Referenda have become weapons of populist politics, as the Brexit-vote in the United Kingdom has shown. In the latest ZEI Insight, Ludger Kühnhardt (ZEI Director) argues that national referenda are a profoundly undemocratic exercise, ultimately leading to the confusion of representative and direct democracy. The number of citizens in Europe who are not able to cast their vote, but have to live with the consequences of plebiscites held in another EU member state, is immense.    More...

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Master of European Studies

"Time to show courage" - ZEI Final Ceremony Master Class of 2016

 

James D. Bindenagel: America and Europe in the Twenty-first CenturyEuropean Governance and Regulation

ZEI Discussion Paper C 236/2016

James D. Bindenagel:
America and Europe in the Twenty-first Century
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Ilva Ifland,  The Global Strategy for the European Union’s Foreign and Security Policy: A new framework for a more connected, contested and complex world?European Governance and Regulation

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Ilva Ifland, The Global Strategy for the European Union’s Foreign and Security Policy: A new framework for a more connected, contested and complex world?

Over a decade after the adoption of the European Security Strategy (ESS) in 2003, the vision of Europe as a ‘soft power’, spreading its rule-based paradigm of cooperation around the world, has hardly translated into reality. This new ZEI Insight by Ilva Ifland (ZEI Research Fellow) analyses the new “Global Strategy for the European Union’s Foreign and Security Policy” presented on the 28th of June 2016 and explores under what conditions this strategy can succeed.    More...

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Comparative Regional Integration

Latest WAI-ZEI Paper out now

René N’Guettia Kouassi: Plus de 50 Ans d’Intégration Africaine : Quel Bilan ?/ More than 50 Years of African Integration: The State of Play    More...

Emmanuel Kam Yogo: Le Processus d‘Intégration Regionale en Afrique Centrale : État des Lieux et Défis    More...

Kocra L. Assoua: Unpacking the Relationship between Decentralization and Regional Economic Integration in Sub-Sahara Africa. Towards an analytical framework for regional governance    More...

Manuel Guilherme Júnior: The COMESA-EAC-SADC Tripartite Free Trade Area – New Regionalism and Lessons from the EU    More...

Wanyama Masinde / Chris Omolo: Key Factors of Capacity Development for Regional Integration in Africa    More...

Solomon Gebreyohans Gebru: Regional Integration in the Horn of Africa: State of Affairs and Challenges    More...

Michael Amoah Awuah: The ECOWAS Area without Internal Borders: Lessons from EU Cross-Border Mobility    More...

 
Further information about the WAI-ZEI paper series can be found here...

For more information on the WAI-ZEI project on “Comparative Regional Integration: European Union and West Africa” click here..

 

ZEI Future of Europe Observer Vol. 4 No. 2/2016

European Governance and Regulation

ZEI Future of Europe Observer Vol. 4 No. 2/2016

The EU Economy: A Construction Site

Low growth, high unemployment in Southern European member states, TTIP negotiations and EU economic integration stalling, this is how headlines about the EU economy often look like these days.   More...

 

 

Ludger Kühnhardt: Maturing beyond Cotonou: An EU-ACP Association Treaty for Development. A proposal for reinventing EU relations with the African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) Group of States.European Governance and Regulation

ZEI Discussion Paper C 235/2016

Ludger Kühnhardt:
Maturing beyond Cotonou: An EU-ACP Association Treaty for Development. A proposal for reinventing EU relations with the African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) Group of States.  More...

 

 

Sarah Gansen ,  Brexit: What is at stake for the Single Market?European Governance and Regulation

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Sarah Gansen, Brexit: What is at stake for the Single Market?

With the EU referendum just under 4 weeks away, the debate of the impact of Brexit is growing increasingly fierce and gaining more and more momentum. In this new ZEI Insight Sarah Gansen (ZEI Alumna “MES Class of 2014” ) investigates what kind of impact a Brexit would have on the Single Market.    More...

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Crisis management in West Africa and the role of regional cooperation

 

Rike Sohn: EU environmental policy and diplomacy from Copenhagen to Paris and beyondEuropean Governance and Regulation

ZEI Discussion Paper C 234/2016

Rike Sohn:
EU environmental policy and diplomacy from Copenhagen to Paris and beyond
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Robert Stüwe, The EU Commission’s Energy Security Package: A Challenge To Russia’s Gas Dominance?European Governance and Regulation

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Robert Stüwe, The EU Commission’s Energy Security Package: A Challenge To Russia’s Gas Dominance?

In February 2016, the European Commission released its “Energy Security Package” to give new political impetus for an integrated European energy market and to diversify suppliers and routes. Do the new proposals challenge Russia’s dominance as the main supplier for natural gas to the EU?    More...

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Comparative Regional Integration

ARISA presents innovative approaches to regional migration

 

European Governance and Regulation

The Future of Europe – ZEI-MEDAC Roundtable 2016: Challenges of migration in a discussion with Arab diplomats

 

Regional Integration Observer No. 2016/01Comparative Regional Integration

Regional Integration Observer No. 2016/01

The first edition of the Regional Integration Observer (RIO) in 2016 is dedicated to the challenges that (West) Africa will be facing in the year ahead...  
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EU Migration and its complexities

European Governance and Regulation

ZEI Future of Europe Observer Vol. 4 No. 1/2016

EU Migration and its complexities

Migration has climbed to the top of the European political agenda, both at the EU level and in the member states. This issue of the Future of Europe Observer sheds light on the different aspects of the migratory crisis.   More...

 

ZEI mourns Hans-Dietrich Genscher

 

Henri de Waele , EU Institutional Governance: Exploiting the Potential for Democratic ReformEuropean Governance and Regulation

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Henri de Waele, EU Institutional Governance: Exploiting the Potential for Democratic Reform

The current financial, migration and geopolitical crises created a perfect storm, placing further dents in the general support for the Union and its policies. In this latest ZEI Insight Prof. Dr. Henri de Waele (ZEI Senior Fellow) analyses the democratic deficit of the European Union and examines its systemic root causes.    More...

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Master of European Studies

ZEI Alumni successful in Shanghai

 

ZEI Discussion Paper C 233/2016, Carla Manzanas: Movement, Security and MediaEuropean Governance and Regulation

ZEI Discussion Paper C 233/2016

Carla Manzanas:
Movement, Security and Media
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Robbert Jaspers,  When data travels - The Commission’s objective of making EU data protection travel across the AtlanticEuropean Governance and Regulation

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Robbert Jaspers, When data travels - The Commission’s objective of making EU data protection travel across the Atlantic

While the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights states in Article 8(1) that everyone has the right to the protection of his personal data, the US view stringent data protection as a potential threat to innovation. In this new ZEI Insight Robbert Jaspers (ZEI Visiting Lecturer) investigates how far the EU Commission has achieved its goal of obtaining guarantees that US government agencies and companies adequately protect EU citizens' personal data.    More...

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Europe in practice: ZEI Fellows visit Brussels

 

Katharina Boldt, A new direction in the EU’s fight against terrorism?European Governance and Regulation

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Katharina Boldt, A new direction in the EU’s fight against terrorism?

The latest series of terrorist attacks has once again substantiated the judgement that European values are under attack. As Jean-Claude Juncker underlined in the political guidelines for his presidency, the European Union (EU) is not only a common market, but a Union of shared values. Katharina Boldt (ZEI MES Office) analyses the current EU strategies to tackle the major challenges in order to secure these values.    More...

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