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 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.

Impulsgeber zwischen Wissenschaft, Politik und Publizistik

Eine Werkbiographie. Vol. 1, Wiesbaden: Springer VS Verlag, 2023 - Ludger Kühnhardt

Ludger Kühnhardt, a global political scientist, consultant and journalist, provides lively and personal insights into the people and sources of his influence, into the paths of thought he followed and into the impulses that his work in research and teaching has triggered over decades. A biographical workshop report of high authenticity that brings together what often seems disconnected in everyday working life. Insights that were ahead of their time are illuminated again and again from a different perspective and findings that have remained timelessly relevant are recalled. A lively written biography about the inner driving forces and external connections of a cosmopolitan public intellectual as an enlightening and advisory source of inspiration in the interplay between science, politics and journalism. The book reflects German, European and global contemporary history from the middle of the 20th century to the third decade of the 21st century in a scientific work and its classification as evidence of political culture.

FEO Vol. 12 No. 1 / 2024

Transformation in Times of War - Henrik Suder, Liska Wittenberg (Eds.)

This issue of the ZEI Future of Europe Observer takes stock of the implementation of the Von der Leyen Commission's annual work programmes. It includes analyses on the progress made within the Commission's six political priorities, visualised by the ZEI Monitor traffic, and provides an outlook for the coming year. This is the review of the penultimate year of the current Commission's term of office. Later this year, this project will be finalised in the form of a forthcoming book, which will contain a complete analysis and evaluation of the von der Leyen Commission.

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.

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ZEI Annual Reports

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