Experts & Staff

Josef Janning

Head, ECFR Berlin
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 is a senior policy fellow and head of the Berlin office of the European Council on Foreign Relations. His topics of focus include European integration, EU reform, European and German foreign and security policy, global governance and transatlantic relations.

Janning joined the European Council on Foreign Relations in April 2014 as senior policy fellow in the Berlin office. From 2013 to 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, Janning led 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 a guest professorship at Renmin University of Beijing. He has worked with leading think tanks in Europe, the US and Asia, and engaged in and led various international study groups, high-level groups and commissions.
Janning has published widely on European affairs, International Relations, EU foreign and security policy, German foreign and Europe policy as well as global affairs. On these issues he is also a frequent commentator with German and international media.

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Latest from Josef Janning

  • Financial Times

    26th September, 2019

    Josef Janning comments on Merkel's position in a new G7 world in the Financial Times.

    Der Tagesspiegel

    19th July, 2019

    Josef Janning comments in an interview the realistic expectations that can be drawn from Ursula von der Leyen's election.


    17th July, 2019

    Josef Janning is quoted in an article to Merkel's Birthday and her reserved approach to international confrontation.

    ZDF Spezial

    16th July, 2019

    Josef Janning was a guest to ZDF Spezial for Ursula von der Leyen's speach in front of the European Parliament.


    16th July, 2019

    ECFR Head of Berlin Office Josef Janning discussed Von Der Leyen's election to the EU Commission with German Journalist from Die Welt and Taz.

    Die Presse

    12th July, 2019

    Josef Janning is quoted about the untapped potential of coalitions for Austria shown in the results of the Coalition Explorer.

    Salzburger Nachrichten

    11th July, 2019

    Josef Janning was interviewed by the Austrian APA about ECFR's EU Coalition Explorer and Cohesion Monitor.

    SWR Aktuell

    08th July, 2019

    Josef Janning discusses the election results in Greece and its meaning for the EU in a broadcast interview.

    Der Tagesspiegel

    08th July, 2019

    In an interview to the Tagesspiegel, Josef Janning talks about the choice of Spitzenkandidaten and possible measures for a more democratic EU.


    08th July, 2019

    Josef Janning is quoted about a possible collapse of the European Union. 

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