Experts & Staff

Josef Janning

ECFR Alumni · Head, ECFR Berlin
Senior Policy Fellow

Areas of expertise

European integration; EU reform; European foreign and security policy; EU enlargement and Neighbourhood Policy; Europe in the world; global governance; German foreign and security policy; transatlantic relations; Europe/Asia

Languages

English, German

Biography

Josef Janning was a senior policy fellow and head of the Berlin office of the European Council on Foreign Relations until November 2019. His topics of focus include European integration, EU reform, European and German foreign and security policy, global governance and transatlantic relations.

Janning joined the European Council on Foreign Relations in April 2014 as senior policy fellow in the Berlin office. From 2013 to 2014 he was a Mercator Fellow at the German Council on Foreign Relations. Prior to that he served as Director of Studies at the European Policy Centre (EPC) in Brussels. Between 2001 and 2010, Janning led the international policy work as Senior Director of the Bertelsmann Foundation, a major private German foundation. Earlier positions in his career include Deputy Director of the Center for Applied Policy Research (CAP) at Munich University from 1995-2007. Previously, he has held teaching positions at the University of Mainz, the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and a guest professorship at Renmin University of Beijing. He has worked with leading think tanks in Europe, the US and Asia, and engaged in and led various international study groups, high-level groups and commissions.

Janning has published widely on European affairs, International Relations, EU foreign and security policy, German foreign and Europe policy as well as global affairs. On these issues he is also a frequent commentator with German and international media.

Spitzenkandidaten poker

For most voters, the battle over people and positions would be revealing if only it wasn’t so confusing. It is misleading to frame the nomination process as an example of backroom politics prevailing over parliamentary democracy.

Publications

How to govern a fragmented EU: What Europeans said at the ballot box

The results of the European election confront EU leaders with a considerable challenge: navigating a new, more fragmented, and polarised political environment

Keeping Europeans together

This volume reflects the diversity of European cohesion. It provides the national context and personal assessments from 28 EU member states.

Articles

Spitzenkandidaten poker

For most voters, the battle over people and positions would be revealing if only it wasn’t so confusing. It is misleading to frame the nomination process as an example of backroom politics prevailing over parliamentary democracy.

Specials

Video

Podcasts

In the media

Josef Janning quoted on Germany's position in the Normandy talks. 

Josef Janning quoted on the future of the Grand Coalition in Germany.

Josef Janning in an interview on the expectations for the new EU Commission. 

Josef Janning in an interview about Germany's role in Europe and a common EU security policy

Josef Janning quoted on today's division of East and West in Germany.