Almut Möller

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

Areas of Expertise

  • European integration
  • Common Foreign and Security Policy in the Mediterranean and the Middle East
  • Political education
  • Transatlantic relations

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 German Council on Foreign Relations (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 was 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 in Washington, D.C..

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 Senior Advisory Board of the Military Academy of the German Armed Forces.

Almut Möller holds an M.A. 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.

Follow Almut Möller on twitter @almutmoeller

Read her posts at the Berlin Observer blog from IP Journal, DGAP’s English online magazine for German and European foreign policy.

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Selected Publications

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
Aiming High: Architecture of the EU
Balancing government by rules and government by politics
by Almut Möller
Aiming High: Architecture of the EU
As long as it remains unclear whether extra treaties such as the Fiscal Compact are weakening or strengthening the EU, attentions should be focused on better understanding the processes and movement of power within the existing patchwork system, rather than on a debate over more visionary structural reform.
Category: Political Participation, European Union, Geographical areas of Europe
Berlin Getting Into Election Gear
Can the polls be won on the euro rescue?
by Almut Möller
Berlin Getting Into Election Gear
Clearly, the future still does not look rosy for the Eurozone. But three years into the euro crisis, Angela Merkel, whose global recognition has skyrocketed in the course of the crisis, remains in surprisingly good shape. As many times as worries that the euro rescue will ultimately fail might have kept her up at night over this past year — she doesn’t look it.
Category: European Union, Western Europe, Geographical areas of Europe, Europe, Germany
London Is Calling, But not Getting Through
Germans prove to be less than receptive to British efforts to debate Europe
by Almut Möller
London Is Calling, But not Getting Through
Londoners are flocking to Berlin these days. During the last two years the Brits calling Berlin or stopping by to chat with Berlin’s political analysts seemed to mostly come from the financial sector. But as eurozone governments have begun transitioning from crisis mode into the messy business of sorting out the longer-term fixes, it’s now Britain's politicians who are showing up in Berlin to discuss Europe.
Category: European Union, Bilateral Relations, United Kingdom, Western Europe, Europe, Geographical areas of Europe

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