Almut Möller

Head of Program, Alfred von Oppenheim Center for European Policy Studies

Areas of Expertise

  • Underlying questions about European integration
  • European Neighbourhood Policy (South)
  • Common Foreign and Security Policy of the EU
  • German policy on Europe
  • Political education
  • United Kingdom

Foreign Languages

English, French

Contact

Email: moeller@dgap.org

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Almut Möller has been head of the Alfred von Oppenheim Center for European Policy Studies at the DGAP since 2010.

From 2008 to 2010 she lived and worked as a freelance political analyst in London. Between 2002 and 2008 she was a researcher at the Center for Applied Policy Research (CAP) at Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität in Munich, where she initially worked in the European Union Reform and Enlargement Program and since 2007 as head of the Center’s Euro-Mediterranean Program.

Almut Möller has been a guest researcher at Renmin University of China in Beijing, Al Ahram Center for Political and Strategic Studies in Cairo, and at the American Institute for Contemporary German Studies (AICGS) at Johns Hopkins University, Washington DC.

She is a non-resident fellow at the American Institute for Contemporary German Studies (AICGS), a member of the extended board of Women in International Security (WIIS.de), and a member of the 14th Advisory Board on questions relating to the “Internal Leadership” concept of the German Federal Ministry of Defence.

Almut Möller holds an MA in political science from Ludwig Maximilians Universität in Munich (2002). She also studied at Westfälische Wilhelms Universität in Münster and at the Institut d’Études Politiques (Sciences-Po) in Aix-en-Provence.

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Currently on parental leave. (Acting head of program is Julian Rappold.)

 

publications

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Selected Publications

(Re-)Building Coalitions
The Role and Potential of Member States in Shaping the Future of the EU
by Almut Möller, Josef Janning
DGAPanalyse 20, December 19, 2014, 44 pp.
(Re-)Building Coalitions
Reforming the EU is hardly possible without coalitions of “builders” – member states willing and able to engage in sustainable coalition building at EU level. Since 2008, the EU and its members have found themselves in the middle of yet another formative phase. Will member states eventually succeed in shaping a Union able to guarantee the prosperity, security and freedom of its citizens?
Category: European Union
Britain Outside Europe?
What would a “Brexit” mean, for the EU and the rest of the world?
by Almut Möller, Tim Oliver
Britain Outside Europe?
The possibility of Britain withdrawing from the European Union – a “Brexit” – has been receiving growing attention. What would it mean for the rest of the European Union, its individual members, wider Europe, and other states around the world such as the United States and Japan. The series, first published on IP JOURNAL, is now available as a DGAP publication.
Category: European Union, United Kingdom
The United Kingdom and the European Union
What would a “Brexit” mean for the EU and other States around the World? European and Global Perspectives
by Almut Möller, Tim Oliver
DGAPanalyse 16, September 1, 2014, 120pp.
The United Kingdom and the European Union
The possibility of Britain withdrawing from the European Union – a “Brexit” – has been receiving growing attention. Reports have largely focused on what this withdrawal could mean for the United Kingdom; however, there has been little analysis of what it could mean for the rest of the European Union, its individual members, wider Europe, and other states around the world such as the United States and Japan.
Category: European Union
The German debate on the EU before the European Elections: Plus Ça Change?
by Almut Möller
The Polish Quarterly of International Affairs, 1/2014
Is “debating Europe” finally gathering speed in Germany? Germany has been allocated 96 seats in the European Parliament: with what kind of topics are the country’s political parties trying to win them? With Martin Schulz being the frontrunner of the Party of European Socialists, what impact will their campaign have on the coalition government in Berlin?
Category: European Union
Dear Brits, Please Be Upfront!
What Merkel should tell London
by Almut Möller
Dear Brits, Please Be Upfront!
On Thursday German Chancellor Angela Merkel will be in London, meeting with Prime Minister David Cameron and Queen Elizabeth II. She will also address the House of Commons and the House of Lords. Expectations are running high: Germany is supposed to pave the way for a renegotiated British EU membership. How should Merkel respond? Here are some suggestions.
Category: European Union, United Kingdom, Germany
Who Owns the EU Reform Debate?
by Almut Möller
DGAPkompakt 3, February 3, 2014, 7 pp.
Who Owns the EU Reform Debate?
Countries outside of the euro zone are naturally asking themselves what the imminent deepening of this zone will mean for European Union membership in the future. At the same time, the question overarches the debate about EU reform. In these overlapping discussions, not every suggestion that comes unbidden is necessarily counterproductive. Quite the contrary.
Category: European Union
Britain outside the EU?
The German view
by Almut Möller
DGAPkompakt 1, January 14, 2014, 3 pp.
Britain outside the EU?
British citizens want to vote on whether or not to remain part of a bare-bones EU in 2017, but a British withdrawal from the Union is hardly in Berlin’s interest. The ongoing debate in Great Britain comes at an inconvenient time for Germany. Just as the German government is tying to hold the euro zone together, it must persuade the UK to stay part of the broader EU. To keep the gap from getting too wide, EU debates need to be better linked to each other.
Category: European Union, EU-Treaties, Europe, United Kingdom
Britain Outside Europe? The German View
Berlin wants to cooperate with London, but isn't eager to make concessions
by Almut Möller
Britain Outside Europe? The German View
Berlin would rather not have a British in/out question added to its already packed EU agenda. While David Cameron’s speech in January 2013 did resonate with some in the German political arena, the attitude so far has been one of “let’s cross that bridge when we come to it.”
Category: Bilateral Relations, Germany, United Kingdom
Britain Outside Europe? Introduction
Views on the future of the UK and EU, from Europe and beyond
by Almut Möller, Tim Oliver
Britain Outside Europe? Introduction
We have debated what a withdrawal or renegotiated relationship with Europe would mean for Britain. But what would a Brexit or new relationship mean for the rest of the EU, other member states, allies, and the global standing of both Europe and the United Kingdom? Analysts from other EU member states and beyond give us their perspectives on the implications of a change in Britain's relationship with the Union.
Category: European Union, Europe, United Kingdom, Worldwide
More Restraint, Please!
Why it is risky for Great Britain to make use of Germany in its domestic debate on EU powers and areas of competence
by Almut Möller
More Restraint, Please!
Many Britons are skeptical of Europe, and anti-European MPs are putting pressure on the British administration. Prime Minister Cameron has therefore promised citizens that he will hold a referendum on Great Britain’s membership in the EU and that he'll renegotiate treaties with the EU and launch an EU-wide debate on reform. But London should be wary of using Germany’s take on the distribution of powers for its own domestic ends. Here in Germany, competence debates follow a logic of their own.
Category: European Union, Law & Institutions, Europe, United Kingdom

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