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The European Politics and Institutions programme covers the EU’s institutional architecture, governance and policymaking to ensure that it can move forward and respond to the challenges of the 21st century democratically and effectively. It also monitors and analyses political developments at the EU level and in the member states, discussing the key questions of how to involve European citizens in the discussions over the Union’s future and how to win their support for European integration. The programme has a special focus on enlargement policy towards the Western Balkans, questions of EU institutional reform and illiberal trends in European democracies.


Better regulation / COMMENTARY
Why the COVID-19 crisis calls for a revamped Better Regulation agenda
By Johannes Greubel , Richard Doherty - 04/02/2021
More of the same, but different: Why Laschet should reform the CDU’s EU policy
By Johannes Greubel , Sophie Pornschlegel - 18/01/2021
Western Balkans / WORKING PAPER
Between a rock and a hard place: Public opinion and integration in the Western Balkans
By Corina Stratulat , Marko Kmezić , Matteo Bonomi , Nikolaos Tzifakis , Zoran Nechev - 11/12/2020


EU Governance / INTERVIEW
The EU’s response to the crisis

Johannes Greubel was interviewed by the German public radio broadcaster Norddeutscher Rundfunk (NDR) on the European Commission’s coronavirus vaccines strategy and President Ursula von der Leyen’s crisis management and crisis communication.

06 February 2021 - Germany,
Norddeutscher Rundfunk (NDR)
Civil society / CONTRIBUTION
Finding a new consensus on European civil society values and their evaluation

Johannes Greubel contributed to the study ‘Finding a new consensus on European civil society values and their evaluation’ for the European Economic and Social Committee. Find the study here

25 June 2020 - Brussels,
European Economic and Social Committee
Future of Europe /
United in Diversity: How to make a participatory Conference on the Future of Europe happen – and a success?
Corina Stratulat acted as rapporteur in a breakout session of the Online Dialogue “United in Diversity: How to make a participatory Conference on the Future of Europe happen – and a success?” organised by the Bertelsmann Stiftung in cooperation with King Baudouin Foundation and Open Society Foundations.

24 June 2020 - , Belgique/Belgie


Moving EuropE Together (MEET)

From Local Citizens’ Agoras to the Conference on the Future of Europe
Conference on the Future of Europe

Citizen participation in EU policymaking
Disinformation about migration in the EU

Promoting alternative narratives


European Commission / PODCAST

EU leaders agree on top jobs, but will it stick?
After a marathon Council meeting, EU leaders finally settled on a new leadership team for the bloc, picking German defence minister Ursula von der Leyen as Commission president, Belgian Prime Minister Charles Michel as president of the Council, IMF’s Christine Lagarde as president of the ECB, and Spanish Foreign Minister Josep Borrell as the new High Representative for foreign affairs and security policy.

In this episode, EPC Director of Studies Janis A. Emmanouilidis lifts the curtain on what was going on behind closed doors at the summit and explains how von der Leyen became the Commission president candidate everyone could get behind (sort of). He also covers what this means for the Spitzenkandidaten process, lessons learnt (introduce transnational lists, pick your Spitzenkandidat carefully, and Parliament, take the initiative!), and what will happen next.



European elections / PODCAST

Post-election analysis
Analysts Janis A. Emmanouilidis, Corina Stratulat and Fabian Zuleeg shared their views on the results of the European Parliament elections at an EPC post-election briefing.

Their in-depth analysis covered, among other things, the implications of the splintering of the European vote, the emergence of a new political alignment that goes beyond the traditional left-right paradigm, the different scenarios for a new coalition agreement in the Parliament, the race for the EU top jobs and what the election results in the UK mean for Brexit.

With Fabian Zuleeg , Corina Stratulat , Janis A. Emmanouilidis


Populism / PODCAST

A look ahead at 2019: Can the centre hold?
In our last podcast of 2018, Director of Studies Janis A. Emmanouilidis and Junior Policy Analyst Paul Butcher take stock of where the EU stands after the December summit but also look ahead at what’s in store for Europe in 2019.

Next year promises to be another turbulent year, as a divided and polarised EU will head to the polls in May. The stakes are high. Many analysts predict – or fear is the better word – that Eurosceptic, anti-globalist parties will take over the European Parliament and blow up the Union’s traditional consensus-building politics. Emmanouilidis and Butcher talk about what the growing polarisation means for the upcoming political transition and address the threat of disinformation and fake news ahead of the elections.

With Paul Butcher , Janis A. Emmanouilidis


Brexit / PODCAST

Brexit: The last 5%
Ahead of the European Policy Centre's conference 'A new blueprint for the EU after 2019', Anand Menon, Director of The UK in a Changing Europe, and Fabian Zuleeg, EPC's chief executive, sat down to discuss the latest in the Brexit negotiations.

The deal between the UK and the EU is 95% done, but the last 5% turns out to be the most difficult. Menon and Zuleeg talked about the Northern-Irish backstop, the extension to the transition period, the probability of a no-deal scenario and whether or not Brexit is still reversible.

With Fabian Zuleeg , Anand Menon


Post-Summit Briefing / PODCAST

Post-summit(s) rundown
Director of Studies Janis A. Emmanouilidis and head of the migration and diversity programme Marie De Somer discuss the latest developments in the Brexit talks, migration and EMU reform.

After the disappointment of the Brexit summit, where do the EU and UK go from here? Will migration continue to dominate the public debate in Europe? Has the window of opportunity for EMU reform been closed indefinitely? And what does it all mean with the 2019 European Parliament elections on the horizon?

With Marie De Somer , Janis A. Emmanouilidis



Director of Studies
Institutional reform, poly-crisis, differentiated integration, enlargement, reform of economic governance
Head of European Politics and Institutions Programme and Senior Policy Analyst
EU enlargement, Western Balkans, democracy, citizen participation, populism, political parties
Policy Analyst

      Citizen participation, disinformation, democracy,
EU reform, Western Balkans, EU enlargement

Policy Analyst
EU Governance, Germany, Better Regulation, European elections, Future of Europe
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