ECFR’s Berlin office plays a central role in the organisation’s pan-European network. Operating in the heart of Berlin, and representing the largest EU member state, the Berlin office is an incubator of new ideas and a forum for debate between policy makers, thought leaders, and the wider public.
Our work aims to strengthen the European perspective in Germany’s national political discourse on European foreign policy and international affairs. At the same time we offer our European audience continuous analysis on the latest policy developments in Germany as well as on the strategic trends that shape Germany’s role in Europe. Our goal is to explain Germany to Europe and Europe to Germany.
Our activities fall into three categories:
1) We provide timely and in-depth foreign policy analysis on German and European affairs for decision-makers and the public alike.
2) We encourage and facilitate debate about Europe and common European foreign policy solutions in the wider German policy community.
3) We provide a forum for German policy-makers to meet their European counterparts, and discuss approaches to the foreign policy issues of our time with our international guests and European experts.
Our flagship formats include:
Note from Berlin – Our weekly expert commentary presenting the German perspective on the most pressing and timely issues facing the European Union.
Black Coffee Morning – Before the work day has begun we host international guest speakers for breakfast roundtable discussions on a wide range of topics reflecting the wider work of ECFR.
Berlin Foreign Policy Club – Our exclusive, high-level evening roundtable held once a month is a forum for open debate and frank discussion on the most important foreign policy challenges facing Germany and Europe.
The Berlin Office of ECFR engages in a number of other projects and works closely with the German Council Members of ECFR as well as national and international partners, including Stiftung Mercator, the Robert Bosch Foundation, Heinrich Böll Foundation, the German Foreign Ministry and the Dutch Embassy in Berlin. Commentary and analysis from our experts regularly appears in national and international media outlets, including print, online, television, and radio.
The Berlin office of ECFR is headed by Almut Möller and Josef Janning.
Josef Janning is senior policy fellow and head of the Berlin Office. He is an expert on European integration and EU reform. Josef leads the Rethink: Europe project, regularly writes on European integration structures and has profound knowledge on Eastern Europe and Middle Eastern politics, especially in the realm of German foreign policy.
Almut Möller is senior policy fellow and head of the Berlin Office. Her research focuses on the principal questions of European integration, European neighbourhood politics, common foreign and security policies, Germany’s role within the EU and aspects of the EU regarding the United Kingdom.
Felix Mengel is programme manager of the Berlin office and accounts for advocacy, communications, event planning and public relations.
To learn more about our team and experts based in Berlin, please visit individual profiles here.