Europeanisation meets democracy from below: The Western Balkans on the search for new European and democratic Momentum (WB2EU)

Since its founding in 1959, the Institut für Europäische Politik (IEP) has been a non-profit organisation dedicated to the study of European integration. It is one of the leading foreign and European policy research centres in the Federal Republic of Germany and serves as a forum for exchange between academia, politics, administration and political education. IEP’s mission is to apply scholarly research to issues of European politics and integration, propose ways forward and promote the practical implementation of its research findings. IEP is a founding member of the Trans-European Policy Studies Association (TEPSA) and has been a member of the German European Movement since 1962.

In its research, the IEP combines an analysis of the current problems of European integration with a discussion of medium-term trends and scenarios of European politics within the domains of EU enlargement, transformation processes in pre-accession and neighbourhood countries, as well as the public opinion on deepening and widening. IEP provides a forum to discuss its research results with the expert audiences and the wider public. In addition, IEP offers tailored training programmes to government officials, parliamentarians, journalists, representatives of civil society organisations and local government entities on fundamental EU topics (such as history and institutional set-up, legal principles, decision-making procedures of the European Union) as well as specialised topics related to implementation of the  Stabilisation and Association Agreements, the approximation to EU Acquis standards as well as the EU Accession Negotiation Process. Additionally, methods and instruments of European policy coordination between national administrations and European institutions are important topics that form part of the knowledge transfer.

Funda Tekin, Director IEP

PhD, from the Faculty of Management, Economics and Social Sciences at the University of Cologne

Deputy Director, Centre for Turkey and EU Studies (CETEUS) at University of Cologne (2016-2018)

Projectdirector of the following research projects: FEUTURE – The Future of EU-Turkey Relations: Mapping Dynamics and Testing Scenarios (H2020, 2016-2019); VIADUCT – Enhancing Visibility of the Academic Dialogue on EU-Turkey Cooperation (Jean Monnet Netzwerk, 2017-2020); TRIANGLE – Blickwechsel in EU/German-Turkish Relations Beyond Conflicts. Towards a Unique Partnership for a Contemporary Turkey? (Stiftung Mercator, 2017-2020).

Head of two work packages in the H2020 project „EU IDEA“ on „Narratives on European constitutionalism and identity“ and „National preferences on EU“ (2019-2022)

Flying Faculty at the German-Turkish University (WS 2019/2020)

2023 Mercator-IPC Senior Fellow

Honorary Professor of the Eberhard Karls Universität Tübingen

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Dominic Maugeais, Research Associate, IEP

Dominic Maugeais is a Research Associate and Senior Project Manager at the Institut für Europäische Politik (IEP) in Berlin. He studied Political Sciences at the Freie Universität Berlin and European Studies at the University of Kent, UK. He is an expert in the research fields of EU enlargement policy, European Neighbourhood Policy, the fight against corruption, corruption prevention and European employment policy. He is responsible for conceptualising and implementing EU projects in Southeastern and Eastern Europe to support the approximation process of EU candidate and Neighbourhood countries. Dominik Maugeais has been responsible for implementation trainings for the Stabilisation and Association Agreements between the EU and the Republic of Serbia, the Republic of Albania as well as the Republic of Montenegro. Moreover, in the context of the German bilateral assistance projects “Support to the European Integration Processes in Serbia” and Kosovo, he has also been involved in staff training activities on EU accession negotiations and a training-of-trainers programme on methods and techniques of legal harmonisation. Most recently, he has been responsible for a training programme supporting the preparations of EU accession negotiations with the Republic of North Macedonia in the field of Chapter 23.

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Former WB2EU Network and IEP team member:

Katrin Böttger, former Director, IEP

Since July 2018, Katrin Böttger was director at the IEP until July 2023. She has over ten years of experience in acquiring third party funds for research and network projects as well as in coordinating and directing national and international research projects. She is an experienced advisor to various EU, national and international institutions, such as Ministries of Foreign Affairs. Her research and advisory focus is on EU-Central Asia relations, European Neighbourhood Policy, EU Enlargement, European Citizens‘ Initiative and Euroscepticism. She was head of the Horizon 2020 project “SEnECA – Strengthening and Energizing EU-Central Asia Relations“ funded by the European Commission as well as the project “The European Union and Russia in Eastern Europe and the Southern Caucasus: Integration rivalry between East and West?” funded by the Otto Wolff-Stiftung. Coordinator of the German-Hungarian Forum and the Young German-Hungarian Forum. Editor of EU-28 Watch. Assistant professor of the postgraduate programme European Studies in Berlin at Freie Universität Berlin, Humboldt Universität and Technische Universität Berlin and lecturer at the Centre international de formation européenne (CIFE). Member of the Board of the Trans European Policy Studies Association (TEPSA). Member of the Board of European Movement Germany. Member of the Advisory Board of EUROTHINK – Centre for European Strategies. Member of the Editorial Committee of the book series “Soviet and Post-Soviet Politics and Society” (SPPS) published by ibidem Press and of the quartely journal “integration”.

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