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Julian Rappold
Julian Rappold
Project Leader of the joint EPC-Stiftung Mercator project ‘Connecting Europe’
Tel:  +32 (0)2 274.55.55
Twitter: @JulianRappold

Julian Rappold joined the EPC in April 2017 as a Project Leader of the joint EPC-Stiftung Mercator project ‘Connecting Europe’ aiming to connect the themes and content work supported by Stiftung Mercator with the Brussels policy community. In addition, he has been a Senior Policy Analyst in the European Politics and Institutions Programme. His research focuses on European integration, German EU policy, Southern Europe with a special focus on Greece and European party politics.

Before joining the EPC, Julian worked as a Programme Officer at the Europe Programme of the German Council on Foreign Relations (DGAP) between 2013 and 2017 (in 2015 as its Acting Head) after serving as a Programme Assistant from 2011 on. Between 2015 and 2017 Julian was also an Associate Researcher at the European Council on Foreign Relations (ECFR). Previously, he gained first work experience in the European Parliament and in the State Ministry of Baden-Württemberg.

Julian Rappold studied Political Science and Economics at the Albert-Ludwigs Universität Freiburg, the Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität in Münster and the Institut d’Études Politiques in Lyon. He holds an MA in contemporary European studies from the University of Bath and the Humboldt Universität of Berlin.

Internal Responsibilities

Support to the EU Politics and Institutions programme, responsible for the ‘Connecting Europe’ Project

Area of expertise

EU integration, German EU policy, Southern Europe (special focus: Greece), European party politics


English, German

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Public appearances and Acknowledgments

The Future of the EU27
8 December 2017

Julian Rappold gave a lecture to a group of scholarship students of "Studienstiftung Deutsche Wirtschaft" on "The Future of the EU27: more cohesion or fragmentation?" in Berlin.

Impact of the German elections
18 September 2017

Julian Rappold delivered a lecture on the impact of the German Federal Elections on the EU to a group of journalists in Vienna. The event was jointly organised by the Forum Journalismus und Medien (fjum), the European Commission Representation in Austria and the Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany to Austria.

Germany as Europe’s leading power: the view from France, Greece and Poland
19 June 2017

Julian Rappold contributed to a joint paper with Claire Demesmay and Jana Puglierin published by the German Council on Foreign Relations (DGAP). Assessing the view from France, Greece and Poland, the authors argue that Germany needs to rebuild trust and credibility with its European partners and involve them more strongly in order to prevent accusations of German dominance and unilateralism. Berlin should not only actively offer cooperation and upgrade its partners. A better explanation of its European position and the ability to compromise are also inevitable.

The potential of civil society in Germany
21 April 2017

Julian Rappold recently published the article 'Schlummerndes Potential wecken: EU-in-BRIEF zur European Public Diplomacy erschienen' for the European Movement Germany. In it, he criticizes the German government for not fully exploiting the expertise, potential and diversity of the organised civil society in Germany, and calls for a comprehensive, inter-ministerial and network-based Public Diplomacy approach explicitly involving associations, media, non-state actors and think tanks that operate across borders in their daily work.