Languages: German, English
Areas of Expertise: European Foreign Policy, EU enlargement and Neighbourhood Policy, Turkey, The Western Balkans, Middle East.
Olaf Boehnke used to work for ECFR as head of the Berlin office.
From 2009 to 2011 he was Senior Foreign and European Policy Advisor in the German Bundestag. Before that, from 2007 to 2009, he worked as Senior Programme Officer at the Aspen Institute Germany. As the head of the institute’s Middle East Department, he executed three conference programmes on civil society issues in Iran, Syria, and Lebanon. From 1999 to 2006 he was chief of staff and senior advisor to several members of the German Bundestag.
He is a visiting lecturer at the Otto-Suhr-Institut for Political Sciences at Free University, Berlin. He received his MA from Free University, Berlin, where he studied International Relations, Political Science, and Economics.
He has published widely on European and transatlantic issues. He is a Marshall Memorial Fellow (2007) of the German Marshall Fund of the United States and an Aspen Fellow (2005/06) of the Aspen Institute Berlin. He now works as Managing Director of the Mercator Institute for China Studies (MERICS).
by Olaf Boehnke - 24th April, 2015
It is time to initiate a common European cathartic proces
by Olaf Boehnke - 09th March, 2015
Merkel's tireless diplomacy has made Germany the driver of EU policy on sanctions.
24th July, 2012
Olaf Boehnke on Germany's role as mediator between Russia and the West.
Olaf Boehnke on the current developments in Greece and the eurozone.
Olaf Boehnke on the international reaction to Merkel's encounter with the crying Palestinian teenage girl.
Olaf Boehnke on the negative portrayal of Angela Merkel in the European press following the Chancellor's encounter with a young crying Palestinian girl.
Olaf Boehnke on international reactions on Angela Merkels`s behaviour at an encounter with a palestinian refugee.
Olaf Boehnke on the german Christian Democratic Union's opinion on a new bailout plan for Greece.
Olaf Boehnke says that Merkel cannot rely only on the votes of "her" CDU to gain the Bundestag's approval for negotiations on a new aid packet for Greece.