Alternative Europa!

In the increas­ingly differ­en­tiated social sciences, more and more researchers from different disci­plines are engaged in the process of European integration and European politics. Special­ization, however, aggra­vates contro­versial debates on research questions from different perspec­tives. Yet there is a shying away from the service of trans­lation between different disci­plines, necessary for successful inter­dis­ci­plinary exchange. The fact that this clearly weakens compre­hensive debate within disci­plines – or at least in German political science – is not only regret­table, but detri­mental to research.

Given the multiple crises facing the European Union, there are also numerous initia­tives that deal with visions for Europe, and that have published their own position papers. Here, too, there is no overar­ching debate, which is more necessary than ever before in light of the European skeptics’ growing influence on the political agenda. Individual projects are emerging from the presented positions, but a joint initiative has so far been missing. This is now, at least, being bemoaned.

Discus­sions at the Jungen Wissenschaftlichen Direk­to­riums des Instituts für Europäische Politik (IEP) have shown that IEP and Arbeit­skreis Europäische Integration (AEI) are not alone in this assessment. There is, according to the partic­i­pants of the discus­sions, potential to intensify cooper­ation towards a better Europe, both within academia as well as between academia and civil society. However, it is not enough to network repre­sen­ta­tives from various sectors in order to create an enduring platform for this exchange. A network for its own sake cannot last. According to the JuWiDi, in order to establish such a system, the active partic­i­pants must set a common goal towards which they will work. In this regard, the Europawis­senschaftliches Netzwerk Deutschland (END) and the Junges Europawis­senschaftliches Netzwerk (JEN) will serve as their common platform.

What might a common goal and vision for the future of Europe look like? What topics would such a vision need to address? What methods should be applied? The Institute for European Politics (IEP) set out to answer these questions by launching the project “Alter­native Europa!” together with the Junges Europawis­senschaftliches Netzwerk (JEN) of the Europawis­senschaftlichen Netzwerks Deutschland (END) and the European Academy in Otzen­hausen (EAO) in cooper­ation with the Arbeit­skreis Europäische Integration (AEI), the Centre inter­na­tional de formation européenne (CIFE), the Junge Europäische Föder­al­isten (JEF), the project “TruLies: The Truth about Lies on Europe”, Polis 180, the University of Hamburg and the University of Hildesheim.

Here you will find reports on first events of the project:

For further infor­mation see our Concept Note:

Project Team

Prof. Dr. Mathias Jopp
Carolin Marx
Jana Schubert
Steffen Jäger