Sarah Wohlfeld

Research Fellow, Alfred von Oppenheim Center for European Policy Studies

Areas of Expertise

  • EU enlargement
  • European integration
  • Southeastern Europe




Phone: +49 (0)30 25 42 31-44

Sarah Wohlfeld has been research fellow at the Alfred von Oppenheim Center for European Policy Studies since October 2014. She is in charge of a project supporting think tanks in the Western Balkans (TRAIN Programme) and mainly deals with EU enlargement policies and the political developments in Southeastern Europe.

Previously, she worked as project coordinator at the Political Platform of the Humboldt-Viadrina School of Governance. Between 2010 and 2013, as program officer at the DGAP’s Robert Bosch Center for Central Europe, Eastern Europe and Central Asia, she was responsible for the Diplomatenkolleg, a private-public partnership project in the German Federal Foreign Office. In 2009 she worked as a freelancer for the Heinrich Böll Foundation and organized seminars for diplomats from Bosnia-Herzegovina and Kosovo for the Federal Foreign Office.

Sarah Wohlfeld holds an MA in sociology, political science, and media sciences from the University of Trier. She also studied international relations and social sciences at the Charles University in Prague.


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Selected Publications

Regional Cooperation in the Western Balkans
Options for the Interplay of Neighborly Relations and EU Accession up to 2025
by Cornelius Adebahr, Theresia Töglhofer, Sarah Wohlfeld, Natasha Wunsch
DGAPkompakt 30 (December 2018), 21 pp.
Regional Cooperation in the Western Balkans
Under the European Commission’s 2018 Western Balkan strategy, candidate countries from the region must resolve bilateral disputes before joining the EU. As it wants to avoid importing conflicts, the EU puts the onus to ensure good neighborly relations onto the region itself. International researchers from this year’s TRAIN program developed scenarios for the region. They range from increasing regional cooperation to the possible fallout from failed conflict resolution or an EU fatigue toward the region.
Category: European Union, Balkans
Foreign Policy and the Next German Government
Experts from the German Council on Foreign Relations offer case studies
by Josef Braml, Claire Demesmay, Dina Fakoussa, Ali Fathollah-Nejad, Wilfried Jilge, Laura Lale Kabis-Kechrid, Stefan Meister, Christian Mölling, Jana Puglierin, Henning Riecke, Claudia Schmucker, Daniela Schwarzer, Svenja Sinjen, Sebastian Sons, Sarah Wohlfeld
DGAPkompakt 7, Summer 2017, 42 pp.
Foreign Policy and the Next German Government
A new German government will take office after the elections on September 24, 2017. DGAP experts outline in 12 separate areas the foreign policy goals Germany should pursue (and with which partners).
Category: International Policy/Relations, Germany
EU Expansion in the Western Balkans
A promise not kept
by Sarah Wohlfeld
In: Neue Gesellschaft/Frankfurter Hefte, Journal of Social Democracy, International Quarterly Edition 3/2016, pp. 9-12
It has been more than 15 years since the EU promised a clear membership perspective to the countries of the Western Balkans. After an early period of high hopes, however, the process of expanding the EU stagnated. Not only have there been few signs of progress in the democratic transformation of the countries, but the EU itself has been too distracted by its own problems to overcome its general “expansion fatigue.”
Now is the Time!
The Western Balkans need a clear EU perspective
by Sarah Wohlfeld
DGAPstandpunkt 8, 2016, 2 pp.
Now is the Time!
EU membership prospects for the Western Balkans are receding as the post-Brexit EU focuses on its internal problems. Democracy and peace in the region could face dangerous setbacks.
Category: Integration, Europe, South-East Europe, Serbia, Montenegro, Bosnia-Herzegovina
Headed for Brussels without a Compass
Serbia's Position between Rapprochement with the EU and Russian Influence
by Sarah Wohlfeld
DGAPkompakt 18 (December 2015), 8 pp.
Headed for Brussels without a Compass
This December Serbia opened the first of 35 accession chapters with the EU. The prospect of EU membership continues to attract broad support in the population. However, the Kremlin also carries considerable weight in Serbian public opinion. It does so by stressing the common Slavic identity of the two nations, drawing on shared anti-Western resentment, and making a point of supporting Serbia on the matter of Kosovo. Sarah Wohlfeld continues the DGAP’s series on Russia’s “soft” influence in Europe.
Category: European Union, Serbia
Albania’s Long Road into the European Union
Internal political power struggle blocks central reforms
by Ulrike Stern, Sarah Wohlfeld
DGAPanalyse 11, September 25, 2012, 22 pp.
Albania’s Long Road into the European Union
Albania wants to join the EU. The country hopes for a positive evaluation from the EU Commission in its October progress report and to be awarded candidate status in time for the 100th anniversary of Albanian independence. But this seems doubtful. Fierce polarization between the governing Democratic Party and the opposition Socialist Party has so far prevented rapid advances in the reform process.
Category: European Union, Enlargement Process, Europe, Albania
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