Alfred von Oppenheim Center for European Policy Studies

One of the EU’s most critical projects remains creating a common foreign policy, and thereby giving EU countries greater international clout.

The Oppenheim Center has become a place for analysis and debate about the foreign policy implications of European integration. Areas of focus include the foundations of the EU’s external security policy under the Treaty of Lisbon, EU enlargement policy, as well as the European Neighborhood Policy.

Since its founding in 2006, moreover, the Oppenheim Center has developed into a center of expertise on the fundamental questions of German European policy.

With a broad range of publications and events, the Oppenheim Center helps to strengthen exchange among figures active in politics, administration, civil society, and the media – as well as between Berlin, Brussels, and other European capitals. It also serves to build a network with the European Policy Institutes Network (EPIN), the Euro-Mediterranean Study Commission (EuroMeSCo), and the German European Movement (EBD).

The Oppenheim Center seeks to provide new ideas for the continued development of EU foreign policy and to give new recommendations for Germany’s policies on Europe.

Curent Areas of Focus

  • Current developments in EU foreign policy
  • German policy on Europe, Germany in the EU
  • Underlying questions about European integration
  • Migration, asylum, and refugee issues
  • EU enlargement policy (in particular the Western Balkans)

Please note that we are unable to take in interns at the Alfred von Oppenheim Center for European Policy Studies up until September 2018. We look forward to your application for later dates.


  • How Europe’s populists lost EU game of thrones

    von Sławomir Sierakowski | European Union
    Project Syndicate, Online, July 29, 2019

    In the European Union’s leadership negotiations this month, populist governments failed not only to act as spoilers, but also to secure any concessions at all. They now have every reason to worry that they will be held accountable for their routine violations of the rule of law when EU funds are disbursed.

  • The Age of Cynical Voters

    von Sławomir Sierakowski | Elections
    Project Syndicate, Online, 17.07.2019

    Voters who support populist parties and leaders are making political choices that they know to be risky because they feel as though they have nothing to lose. As behavioral economists would predict, people become less risk-averse when the perceived choice is between “bad” and “worse.”

  • The Spitz to the Top

    Only a “Spitzenkandidat” Should become President of the Next EU Commission

    von Jana Puglierin, Julian Rappold | Elections
    DGAPstandpunkt 17 (June 2019), 3 pp.

    The Spitz to the Top

    Now that the European elections are over, the European Parliament and the European Council are battling for the upper hand in the process to name the next president of the European Commission. While the European Parliament wants to establish the spitzenkandidat (or lead candidate) process once and for all, opposition is building in the European Council. A face-saving compromise is needed to avoid a protracted tug of war. And this simply won’t work without one of the spitzenkandidaten.