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

ZEI FEO Vol. 12 No. 2 2024

United in Diversity - Resilient and Consistent Way of Life - Henrik Suder & Liska Wittenberg

In this final issue of the Future of Europe Obsever, ZEI and its research network takes a final look at one of the six substantive priorities of the von der Leyen Commission as part of the research project „Governance and Regulation in the EU“. Before a full assessment of the von der Leyen administration‘s term of office is published in September, this issue looks at the „European way of life“, what constitutes it, what threatens it and how the Commission has tried to shape it politically over the past five years. In addition to an outlook on the upcoming European elections and the concept of European identity, the topics of migration, health and security, which were at the centre of the Commission‘s priorities, are discussed.

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Zwischen den Zeiten. Betrachtungen zu Geschichte, Fortschritt und Freiheit - Ludger Kühnhardt

The subtitle of this collection could also be ‘Reflections on transience, futility and new beginnings again and again’. One senses this attitude in some of the texts collected here. At the same time, there is also a sense of confidence throughout the texts. Even ‘between times’ and ‘between chairs’, as Ludger Kühnhardt describes his academic work, positive and constructive impetus can be given: impetus for enlightenment and in classifying the events that shape life. The articles in this anthology were created for a wide variety of reasons, but they are interrelated building blocks of Ludger Kühnhardt's struggle with Europe and globality. The articles and essays are framed by tributes which the author has dedicated to important companions and by reflections on his own efforts and their intentions. The texts are snapshots from the years 2020 to 2024, the year Kühnhardt retired as Head of the Center for European Integration Studies (ZEI).

ZEI Discussion Paper C 284 / 2024

Die Ambivalenz des Fortschritts. Freiheit unter globalen Bedingungen weiterdenken - Ludger Kühnhardt

ZEI Director Prof. Dr. Ludger Kühnhardt looks back on his inaugural lecture at the University of Bonn in 1987. The lecture was about political thinking in the southern hemisphere. In the spirit of the time, his analysis was cautiously optimistic with regard to the perspective of a gradual universalization of Western-based political norms. The silent recapture of power by the Taliban in Afghanistan in 2021 and the aggressive Russian war of vengeance against Ukraine in 2022 demonstrated the ambivalence of the concept of progress in all its sharpness. Kühnhardt recalls the analyzes of his doctoral supervisor Karl Dietrich Bracher on the refractions in the modern concept of progress. Kühnhardt, shortly before his retirement, sees enormous challenges for the concept of progress and freedom as developed in Western civilization during the age of enlightenment. He pleads for maintaining the idea of human dignity against all old cultural doubts and new ideologies as the unalterable standard for a humane world.

ZEI Discussion Paper C 283 / 2024

Europäische Integration aus historischer Erfahrung. Ein Zeitzeugengespräch mit Michael Gehler - Wilhelm Haferkamp

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.

Impulsgeber und Politisches Denken in der EU

Publications of Ludger Kühnhardt

Impulsgeber zwischen Wissenschaft, Politik und Publizistik. Eine Werkbiographie. Vol. 1, Wiesbaden: Springer VS Verlag, 2023.; Das politische Denken der Europäischen Union. Supranational und zukunftsoffen, Paderborn: Brill Fink, 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.

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.

Further information

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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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