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

  • Politico

    17th February, 2017

    Josef Janning quoted on what 5 things to watch at this year’s Munich Security Conference.

    Daily Sabah

    03rd February, 2017

    The turkish "Daily Sabah" quotes Josef Janning on Trump, transatlantic relations, and the EU summit in Malta. 

    Frankfurter Rundschau

    02nd February, 2017

    In a Frankfurter Rundschau article on the Malta summit, Josef Janning is quoted on the potential of Brexit and the future of coalition-building in Europe; this includes reference to and discussion of the results of the ECFR "Coalition Explorer." 

    Financial Times

    02nd February, 2017

    The Financial Times quotes Josef Janning on Merkel's visit to Turkey. 

    Voice of America

    30th January, 2017

    "Voice of America" quote Josef Janning's Note from Berlin in an article about Trump's impact on Germany's September election. 


    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. 



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