Experts & Staff

Josef Janning

Head of ECFR Berlin Office and Senior Policy Fellow

Languages: English, German
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.

Josef Janning joined the European Council on Foreign Relations in April 2014 as Senior Policy Fellow in the Berlin Office. 2013/2014 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 Josef has lead 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 as Guest Professor at Renmin University of Beijing. He has worked with leading think tanks in Europe, the US and Asia, and engaged in and lead various international study groups, high-level groups and commissions on European affairs, global governance, transformation to democracy, security and defence policy and transatlantic relations.
Josef has published widely on European Affairs, International Relations, EU foreign and security policy, German foreign and European policy as well as global affairs. On these issues he also is a frequent commentator with German and international media.

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Latest from Josef Janning

  • Deutschlandfunk

    18th January, 2017

    In an interview with Deutschlandfunk, Josef Janning speaks about Trump's interview with Bild Zeitung and his views on Europe.


    17th January, 2017

    Josef Janning comments on Brexit and Theresa May's Tuesday afternoon speech in the danish paper Berlingske. 


    16th January, 2017

    Forbes presents it's Europe's 30 under 30 list. Josef Janning was tasked with vetting and voting on the finalists in the Law & Policy section.


    10th January, 2017

    Josef Janning quoted on Sigmar Gabriel, Merkel's Social Democrat challenger who lags the chancellor’s popularity.

    Bloomberg Markets

    10th January, 2017

    On Bloomberg Markets, Josef Janning comments on the upcoming German election, Angela Merkel's political successes, and the nature of Brexit. 


    08th January, 2017

    Interview with Josef Janning on the elections taking place across Europe in 2017. 

    Deutsche Welle

    06th January, 2017

    Quotes from Josef Janning in a Deutsche Welle article on the revival and recovery of the liberal FDP in the context of the coming German election. 

    SWR 2

    02nd January, 2017

    Radio interview with Josef Janning on Angela Markel's domestic and foreign policy agenda in 2017.

    Süddeutsche Zeitung

    28th December, 2016

    In an op-ed in the Süddeutsche Zeitung, Josef Janning sketches an innovative proposal for liberating Europe from its current state of constant crisis. 


    28th December, 2016

    In a piece on a cypriot website, Josef Janning examines the nature and evolution of German counter-terrorism policy and its implications for european cooperation.



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