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)


  • Poland’s Parliamentary Elections and a Looming Hungarian Scenario

    von Sławomir Sierakowski | Poland, Elections
    DGAPstandpunkt 28, 8 October 2019, 4 p.

    Poland’s Parliamentary Elections and a Looming Hungarian Scenario

    Thanks to economic growth, Poland’s ruling PiS party has introduced social programs that have further bolstered its popularity. Unlike in recent European elections, the opposition is not running as a unified bloc in parliamentary elections on October 13, 2019. If PiS again wins a majority, it will take steps to cement its system of illiberal democracy. As long as he maintains good relations with Donald Trump, PiS’s leader Jaroslaw Kaczynski does not seem wary of reactions from Brussels and Berlin.

  • Europe’s Geo-Economic Commission

    von Jana Puglierin, Niklas Helwig
    Berlin Policy Journal, 7 October 2019

    Europe’s Geo-Economic Commission

    With her commission set-up, Ursula von der Leyen is pushing aside traditional foreign policy in order to focus on an area where the EU has more power: economics.

  • The Mainstreaming of Corruption

    von Sławomir Sierakowski
    Article on Project Syndicate, 27 September 2019

    Unethical behavior by populist parties across the West has forced traditional parties to abandon their own moral standards. And the evidence suggests that if mainstream politicians want to try to beat populists at their own corrupt game, their supporters will reward them for it.