ZEI Publications

The ZEI Directors regularly publish books and articles in which various issues concerning governance and regulation in the EU are examined.

Latest Publications

Future of Europe Observer Vol. 11 No. 2 / 2023

Conflicting goals and challenges of EU economic policy

"An economy that works for people" is what the European Commission called its third priority in its work programme. With this area, it is pursuing the goal of further developing the social market economy of the EU and promoting the growth of the national economies of the Member States. At the same time, the EU is also trying to reduce poverty and inequality. Furthermore, major projects such as the Capital Markets Union must be completed and the Economic and Monetary Union must be deepened. These are many challenges that the EU must meet in a shifting global order. This issue of the Future of Europe Observer therefore takes a closer look at the EU's economic policy against the background of the current crises.

Schriften des ZEI / No. 85

Im Gespräch bleiben: Politische Wissenschaft und berufliche Praxis. Freiburger Politikdialog – Bonner Europakolloquium (1994-2023) - Ludger Kühnhardt (ed.)

Political scientist Ludger Kühnhardt has remained in conversation with his doctoral students for three decades. During regular, legendary seminars between former and current doctoral students, the academic exchange of ideas was combined with personal encounters. The “Freiburg Political Dialogues” and “Bonn European Colloquia” found their logistical home in the Münstertal (Black Forest). The seminars were made possible by the Hanns-Martin-Schleyer-Stiftung's funding initiative “Dialogue between young science and practice”. The keynote speeches of these seminars - initially given by external speakers, later presented exclusively by former and current doctoral students - are documented in this volume. „Im Gesrpäch bleiben“ (“Staying in conversation”) shows how the academic learning community can stay alive beyond the formal time of studies and how an alumni network can remain productive. The volume concludes with a farewell lecture of Ludger Kühnhardt reflecting on his work as university professor in more than three decades.

ZEI Discussion Paper C 277 / 2023

Die Päpste, Europas Einigung und ein zerrissener Kontinent. Eine Zwischenbilanz im Lichte der gegenwärtigen Krisen in Kirche und Welt - Ludger Kühnhardt

The relationship of the Popes to the continent of Europe has been and remains ambivalent. It oscillates between the global orientation of the Roman Catholic Church and the defense of the faith, but also between a reserved and skeptical attitude towards Western modernity and an almost naïve hope for ecumenical dialogue with the Russian Orthodox Church. In the midst of the current global political crisis, ZEI Director Ludger Kühnhardt reconstructs the perspectives of seven popes during seven decades of European unity and the ongoing disunity of the European continent.

ZEI Discussion Paper C 278 / 2023

Europäische Integration aus historischer Erfahrung. Ein Zeitzeugengespräch mit Michael Gehler - Ralf Dahrendorf

This interview takes place within the framework of the contemporary witness interviews "European Integration from Historical Experience", which attempts to record all former commissioners from Germany in interview form. In the case of already deceased commissioners, the conversations were reconstructed retrospectively on the basis of their contemporary interviews, publications, writings and works. In the footnotes to the answers, the year of the statement is given in brackets, so that a historical classification is possible. The answers have been taken over tel quel as they were in the original.

ZEI Series

Future of Europe Observer

The “ZEI Future of Europe Observer” accompanies European politics with analysis and projections. The “ZEI Future of Europe Observer” is published three times a year and each issue focuses on a specific aspect of European governance and regulation. Authors are ZEI Scholars, Master of European Studies Fellows and Alumni.

ZEI Discussion Paper

"ZEI Discussion Paper’s” stimulate discussion among researchers, practitioners and policy makers on current and emerging issues of European integration and Europe’s global role. They express the personal opinion of the authors. The papers often reflect on-going research projects at ZEI. "ZEI Discussion Paper’s" are published several times a year.

Schriften des ZEI

ZEI Director Professor Ludger Kühnhardt is editor of the "Schriften des Zentrum für Europäische Integrationsforschung“ with Nomos Publisher in Baden-Baden, the leading German publishing house on European topics in political science. The series deals with basic questions concerning the European integration and Europe's global role.

Publications of ZEI Directors

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Journals on European Competition Law

ZEI Director Professor Christian Koenig is co-editor of several highly acclaimed jurisprudential journals.

Verknüpfte Welten

Verknüpfte Welten

Ludger Kühnhardt: Verknüpfte Welten. Notizen aus 235 Ländern und Territorien. Band 1: 1960-1999, Band 2: 2000-2020, Wiesbaden: Springer 2022.


The Art of Regulation

Christian Koenig / Bernhard von Wendland: The Art of Regulation. Competition in Europe - Wealth and Wariness, Cheltenham: Edward Elgar Publishing, 2017.

The Bonn Handbook of Globality

The Bonn Handbook of Globality

A comprehensive interpretation of terms and symbolizations after the global turn.

Further information

ZEI at 25

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ZEI Annual Reports

The “ZEI Annual Reports” have been documenting the work of the Center for European Integration Studies since 1996. Their aim is to inform about the Center’s research projects and activities, publications and staff.

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