Call for Papers: Young Academic Lab – Making sense of Germany’s EU policy

Germany’s European Union (EU) policy is currently fraught with uncer­tainty. The impending retreat of Angela Merkel from political leadership will remove one of the EU’s anchors of stability. While German public opinion is still one of the most EU-supportive among the EU member states, the overall EU friendly ‘grand coalition’ faces decre­asing popularity and parties on the radical left and the radical right are struggling to define their party lines vis-à-vis the EU. Given the centrality of Germany for European politics and policy, potential uncer­tainties in the German political landscape are of parti­cular relevance for the EU.

On the policy side, the recent crises of the EU, the Eurozone, the migration and the geopo­li­tical crisis in the European east, have often put Germany on the frontline of intra-European conflict. In addition the current US policy, Chinas mix of economic expansion and political autho­ri­ta­rianism as well as the Russian asser­ti­veness regarding Germany’s energy policy affects EU commercial, indus­trial, defence and energy policies. These recent develo­p­ments pose the question of where Germany is headed in Europe.

Against this background, the confe­rence will assess the state of the art in research on Germany’s EU policy, put to test concepts such as ‘hegemony’ and ‘civilian power’, establish a more policy-specific and diffe­ren­tiated analysis regarding Germany’s relations with EU member states and non-member states, encourage the contri­butors to engage in a more micro-level analysis of Germany’s European policies and analyse Germany’s EU policy in a compa­rative perspective.

This one day Young Academic Lab, organized by the Institut für Europäische Politik back-to-back to its annual confe­rence, is meant to provide a solid platform for junior resear­chers to discuss their research with their peers and senior academic colleagues.

Who can apply?
Papers are welcome from PhD students or young scholars of political science, inter­na­tional relations as well as economics, history, law and social sciences dealing with topics related to Germany’s EU policy.

Parti­ci­pants are additio­nally invited to attend IEP’s annual confe­rence on 20 September 2019 in Berlin.

Please send your extended abstract and your CV to Simone Klee ( before the submission deadline, 1 July 2019, 12:00 h.

Extended abstracts (max. 500 words) should include research relevance and question(s), contri­bution to the literature and metho­dology applied.

There will be no regis­tration fee. Parti­ci­pants’ travel expenses will be reimbursed and accom­mo­dation will be provided.

Important dates
Applications/Abstract submission deadline: 01 July 2019, 12:00 h
Notifi­cation of accepted papers and program: 31 July 2019
Paper submission deadline: 02 September 2019
Young Academic Lab: 19 September 2019

Scientific/Selection Committee
Prof. Frank Schim­mel­fennig – ETH Zürich
Dr. Funda Tekin – Director IEP Berlin