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

  • CBC

    20th September, 2017

    Josef Janning was quoted on CBC about the influence of refugees on the German elections.

    Schweizer Radio und Fernsehen

    15th September, 2017

    Josef Janning in an interview with the SRF on Hungary´s and Poland´s refugee policy


    16th August, 2017

    Josef Janning says to CNBC that AfD presence in the Bundestag will contribute to moves among CDU and CSU to better cover their conservative wing.

    Washington Post

    06th July, 2017

    Josef Janning is quoted on Helmut Kohl and Simone Veil's impact on the process of European unification and reconciliation.

    Tygodnik Powszechny

    27th June, 2017

    Josef Janning about Angela Merkel's foreign policy strategy in the context of this year's Bundestag elections.


    23rd June, 2017

    Josef Janning quoted on how Macron's election provides a new window of opportunity for the Franco-German relationship.


    22nd June, 2017

    Josef Janning is quoted on the current window of opportunity for the Franco-German relationship.


    20th June, 2017

    Deutschlandfunk interviewed Josef Janning about the role of French president Macron.


    31st May, 2017

    Josef Janning claims in the Danish news outlet Information that Merkel is carefully preparing Europeans for more integration.


    30th May, 2017

    Josef Janning is quoted in Quartz on the cryptic message behind Merkel’s seemingly dismissive remarks about US-European relations.



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