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

  • The Washington Post

    24th April, 2017

    Josef Janning comments on the potential pitfalls of European leaders publicly speaking out against Marine Le Pen.

    The Economist

    23rd April, 2017

    Josef Janning and Manuel Lafont Rapnouil are quoted in The Economist on the lack of a strong bond of cooperation between Germany and France. 


    22nd April, 2017

    Josef Janning is quoted in the Danish newspaper Jyllands-Posten on the threat a Le Pen victory would pose to the EU.

    Financial Times

    21st April, 2017

    Josef Janning is quoted in the Financial Times on the French elections: "If France turns away from the EU, I would expect Germany to also look for alternatives."

    Deutsche Welle

    19th April, 2017

    Josef Janning analyses British Prime Minister Theresa May's decision to hold snap general elections in June.

    Deutsche Welle

    18th April, 2017

    In an interview with Deutsche Welle, Josef Janning describes the narrow victory of the Turkish referendum's "Yes" campaign as an indication of Erdogan's weaknesses.


    18th April, 2017

    Josef Janning warns against the EU cutting off accession talks with Turkey.

    Schweizer Radio und Fernsehen

    18th April, 2017

    Josef Janning speaks with Schweizer Radio on how the EU should move forward in dealing with Turkey. 


    14th April, 2017

    Despite Erdogan's referendum victory, the EU should not end accession talks with Turkey, says Josef Janning in an interview with Tagesschau.

    Bloomberg Politics

    12th April, 2017

    German political leaders are profoundly irritated by the Trump administration's lack of predictability, states Josef Janning in an interview with Bloomberg Politics.



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