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.


  • 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.

  • The Next Two Years in EU-U.S. Relations

    von Jana Puglierin | Security
    In: Transatlantic Security Cooperation Toward 2020, Policy Paper, 25.03.2019, 18 p.

    Transatlantic relations have been in a permanent state of emergency since President Donald Trump took office in 2017: for the first time since World War II, a U.S. president is not only calling into question his country’s security guarantee for Europe but also being openly skeptical of, if not hostile to, the EU.

  • Can Europe Crack the Immigration Issue?

    Judy Dempsey Asks Jana Puglierin and Other Experts

    von Jana Puglierin | Migration
    “Judy Asks,” Carnegie Europe Blog, June 28, 2018

    As part of her “Strategic Europe” blog for Carnegie Europe’s website, Judy Dempsey asked a selection of foreign and security policy experts, including the DGAP’s Jana Puglierin, wether Europe can crack the immigration issue.