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


    17th June, 2019

    Josef Janning, head of Berlin's office and senior analyst, is quoted in the Spanish newspaper EL MUNDO in an article about the role that Spain will play in Europe and its relationship with France and Germany.

    Neue Zürcher Zeitung

    15th June, 2019

    The German strategic debate is lacking foresight and courage, Josef Janning told NZZ.


    03rd May, 2019

    Josef Janning is quoted by Information regarding the upcoming European Elections. 


    24th April, 2019

    Josef Janning is quoted in the Knack regarding the current EU-Turkey relations and their future. 

    The Washington Post

    09th April, 2019

    Josef Janning is quoted in the Washington Post about Germany's position in the discussion about an extension of the Brexit date. 

    SWR Aktuell

    08th April, 2019

    How dangerous is the meeting of right-wing and populist party members in Milan for Europe? Josef Janning answers this question in an interview with the SWR. 

    SWR 2

    13th March, 2019

    Two weeks before the official  Brexit date, Josef Janning discusses the possibility of a hard Brexit on SWR2. 


    09th March, 2019

    In an interview with Deutschlandfunk, Josef Janning discusses an offer by the EU, which would allow Northern Ireland to remain in the customs union, even if the UK leaves it. 


    28th February, 2019

    The main source of the toxic political climate in the UK is the conflict among the tories, states Josef Janning with respect to the debate in the house of commons on how to proceed with Brexit.


    27th February, 2019

    Three months before the EP elections "a sharp debate on content" is necessary, says Josef Janning in an interview with Dlf. It is not sufficient for pro-European parties to think themselves on the right side. EU-sceptic parties could occupy up to a third of the seats after the elections.



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