September 21/22, 2017
The Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence „EU in Global Dialogue“ (CEDI) (Dr. Carlos Santana and Prof. Dr. Michèle Knodt) organized an international Workshop on the topic "Energy and State Capacities in BRIC Countries". The Workshop focused on the question: Which kind of state capacity theory can be produced to explain the meteoric rise of these new emerging economies?
Perhaps one of the most relevant aspects of infrastructure for understanding the state capacity of BRIC countries is energy policy. Energy security is geopolitically important for each of the BRIC and energy prices have been used to cushion social and economic shocks. Brazil, Russia, India and China all share certain traits with respect to their energy supply chain's productive structure.
The study of energy in BRIC countries involves an evaluation of the physical infrastructure but also financing and bureaucratic support as important determinants of state capacity. Infrastructure facilities demand large investments which usually exceed budgetary capacities and electoral cycles. The comparative political economy literature has emphasized the role of national finance structures and seeks to show the advantages from a system coordinated by policy banks' loans as a useful instrument to overcoming technology lags in production regimes. Such studies have emphasized the role of institutional complementarities among domestic systems of financing, industrial and labor relations, and innovation to describe specific trajectories of development. The main goal of this workshop was to gather the commonalities in terms of the domestic institutional complementarities among BRIC countries based on analysis of the energy infrastructure of these countries.
August 14, 2017
International Workshop: "Energy and State Capacities in BRIC Countries"
The Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence „EU in Global Dialogue“ (CEDI) organizes an international Workshop on the topic "Energy and State Capacities in BRIC Countries". The Workshop will focus on the question: Which kind of state capacity theory can be produced to explain the meteoric rise of these new emerging economies?
Begin: September 21, 2017, 13:00
End: September 22, 2017, 12:15
Location: Schader-Forum, Darmstadt
To register for the workshop please contact CEDI Fellow Dr. Carlos Santana (E-Mail)
July 10, 2017
CEDI's Second Annual Conference
The second CEDI Annual Conference was held in Darmstadt on 7th July 2017. CEDI members Prof. Dr. Viola Schmid, LL.M. (Harvard) and Prof. Dr. Dirk Schiereck presented the conference “Right to and granted Freedom [in German: Gewa(e)hrte Freiheit] – Freedom in and through Currency”. Experts with a background
in law and economics discussed challenges for freedom, (IT-)security and trust in relation to the institutions of currency , governments, justice system etc. The conference followed the
innovative concept of a “Science-Practice-Conference” and aimed to foster exchange between different disciplines as well as between scientists and practitioners.
>> read more
July 5, 2017
Bologna Resource Center at CEDI
Under the roof of CEDI a Bologna Resource Center (BRC) was founded to study and research European Higher Education, within and outside Europe. It was set up in the framework of the project “NEAR-EU” and creates a nexus among the project members. Capitalizing on their venues within National Jean Monnet Centers and leading European and international affairs research centers, the BRCs will be in a position to catalyze interest in European higher education policies and research, attracting academics and graduate students to the arena. >> read more
July 4, 2017
Workshop: The Future EU Foreign Policy in a Changing World Order
On June 29-30, 2017, CEDI hosted the third workshop of the CEDI Workshop Series at the Schader Stiftung Darmstadt.The EU is confronted with an unprecedented number of external challenges in an international environment that is becoming increasingly contested, divided and disorderly. At the same time, the EU faces severe internal conflicts and challenges that put to test core achievements and values of the European integration process. This raises the question about the future of the EU's foreign policy and its ability to deal with a new foreign policy reality. The workshop "Future EU Foreign Policy in a Changing World Order" brought together well known scholars of EU foreign policy who discussed the theme of our workshop from different analytical perspectives and policy areas.
June 23, 2017
CEDI Annual Lecture 2017 and CEDI Award Ceremony at JGU Darmstadt
On June 23, 2017, CEDI hosted the second Annual Lecture at JGU Mainz. Guest lecturer Dr. Geoffrey Edwards (University of Cambridge, United Kingdom) gave a talk on "Perfidious Albion - again? Brexit and European Foreign Policy". Edwards described the impact of the United Kingdom's withdrawal from the European Union on British and European Foreign Policy. >> read more
After the lecture, CEDI Director Michèle Knodt and CEDI Co-Director Arne Niemann presented the Awards for EU in Global Dialogue 2017. CEDI awarded two prizes to outstanding theses in political science on the topic of EU in Global Dialogue. A jury selected the theses of Asalkhon Shukurova (M.A., TU Darmstadt) on Russia's perception of Eu and Ukraine and Dr. Julian Bergmann (JGU Mainz) on the EU's effectiveness as international mediator.
June 16, 2017
Panel Discussion at Darmstadt school
CEDI Director Michèle Knodt participated again in the yearly panel discussion organised at the Lichtenbergschule Darmstadt during Europe Week. The students of the Lichtenbergschule organized a panel discussion on the topic “Europe at the move. Internal Security in Europe" that took place on May 10, during the Europe Week 2017. The panel included politicians, scientiest and practitioners.
June 9, 2017
Invitation to CEDI's second Annual Lecture
On June 23, 2017, CEDI's second Annual Lecture will take place at Johannes Gutenberg-Universität Mainz. Guest speaker Dr. Geoffrey Edwards (University of Cambridge, England) will give a talk on the topic "Perfidious Albion - again? Brexit and European Foreign Policy".
After the lecture, the award ceremony for the Jean Monnet Awards for EU in Global Dialogue 2017 will take place.
Time: June 23, 2017; 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Venue: Johannes Gutenberg-Universität Mainz
Registration: Please register before June 19 via Email to (lhaehn[at]students.uni-mainz.de)
June 9, 2017
CEDI Director Michèle Knodt spoke at "Pulse of Europe" event in Darmstadt
On May 7, 2017, the citizens' initative "Pulse of Europe" invited CEDI Director Michèle Knodt to give a speech on the crisis and future of the European Union. Michèle Knodt shared her insights and expertise from 25 years of research and teaching in the field of European integration studies with over 200 participants. She discussed the origins and the development of the integration project and commented on the need to show solidarity and to formulate a new European narrative. The citizen's initative "Pulse of Europe" was founded in 2016 to promote European integration and support pro-European forces in civil society.
May 23, 2017
Invitation to CEDI's second Annual Conference in Darmstadt, Germany
CEDI members Prof. Dr. Viola Schmid, LL.M. (Harvard) and Prof. Dr. Dirk Schiereck from Technical University Darmstadt present CEDI’s second Annual Conference on July 7, 2017. The conference title “Right to and granted Freedom [in German: Gewa(e)hrte Freiheit] – Freedom in and through Currency” addresses the main focus of their current research within CEDI. Experts with a background in law and economics will discuss challenges for freedom, (IT-)security and trust in relation to the institutions of currency , governments, justice system etc. The conference follows the innovative concept of a “Science-Practice-Conference” and aims to foster exchange between different disciplines as well as between scientists and practitioners. >> read more
May 22, 2017
Junior Campus EU+ 2017
Junior Campus EU+” 2017, held from 7-8 February 2017 in Bacharach, involved 51 pupils from the Römerkastell High School in Alzey and the Frauenlob High School Mainz who slipped into the role of European Council members of the 28 European Union member states and the accession candidate Serbia. The two day simulation with preliminary meetings at the schools was moderated and guided by academic staff from the University of Mainz and the TU Darmstadt, and further assisted by secondary school teachers. >> read more
April 27, 2017
Invitation to Lecture on Cybergovernance
CEDI member Prof. Viola Schmid, LL.M. (Harvard) gives a lecture on Cybergovernance and EU in Global Dialogue from a legal and economic perspective. The event takes place on Tuesday, May 2, 2017, 5.15-6.45 pm at TU Darmstadt. The lecture serves as an introduction to CEDI’s second Annual Conference on “Digital Citizens in the European Union – A LEXONOMICS and universal perspective” which is scheduled for July 6-8, 2017. >> read more
March 22, 2017
Jean Monnet Award for EU in Global Dialogue 2017 - Applications open now
CEDI awards outstanding Bachelor, Master and Doctoral theses on the topics of CEDI.
To apply, please send an abstract, your contact information and a documentation of the grade to:
firstname.lastname@example.org, Deadline: 31 May 2017
March 17, 2017
Second European Lounge Talk on European foreign and security policy
CEDI organised the second European Lounge Talk on March 15, 2017 at the Schader-Stiftung Darmstadt. The roundtable discussion focussed on new strategic challenges for a common European Foreign and Security Policy. Experts discussed the impact of Russian and American foreign policy, US-Russian relations and the effects of the Brexit on EU security policy.
Speakers included Prof. Dr. Thomas Jäger (University of Cologne), Dr. Manfred Sapper (Journal Osteuropa), Dr. Annegret Bendiek (Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik) and Protestant Military Bishop Dr. Sigurd Rink. CEDI Director Michèle Knodt and Co-Director Arne Niemann chaired the discussion.
March 16, 2017
New CEDI Working Paper released:
by Michèle Knodt, Marc Ringel
The new governance mechanisms of the European energy policy proposed by the European Commission in its “Winter Package” will contribute to a redefinition of the European energy and climate governance. The Working Paper reviews the proposal and assesses its ability to support the European energy and climate goals.
February 23, 2017
Invitation to CEDI's second European Lounge Talk
On March 15, 2017 CEDI presents the second European Lounge Talk on the topic "Between Trump and Putin: The Future of European Foreign and Security Policy". Experts from academia, politics and church representatives discuss strategic and ethical issues concerning the European approach to a common foreign and security policy. The panel discussion takes place on Wednesday, March 15, 6 pm in Darmstadt, Germany.
December 1, 2016
CEDI's First Annual Conference
The first CEDI Annual Conference was held in Mainz from 10th-11th November 2016 at the Johannes Gutenberg-Universität. The overall topic of the international conference was “Regionalism in the Global South in Comparative Perspective” with a special focus on the role and ambivalent influence of intra- and extra-regional actors on regional integration processes. In order to contribute to the research and debate on the ‘EU in Global Dialogue’, the conference aimed in particular to explore and highlight the impact of the EU on regional integration processes beyond Europe. The conference brought together almost 20 excellent scholars from all over the world who shared an expertise in regionalism in general but focussed on different world regions in their research. >> read more
November 2, 2016
Invitation to CEDI's first Annual Conference
CEDI's first Annual Conference takes place at JGU Mainz from November 10-11, 2016. The conference focusses on "Regionalism in the Global South and the EU in Comparative Perspective: The ambivalent Influence of Intra- and Extra-Regional Actors on Regional Integration Processes". On the first day, Prof. Anja Jetschke (University of Göttingen) gives a keynote speech on the topic at 6 pm. The conference language is English. >> read more
August 24, 2016
New CEDI Working Paper released:
by Michèle Knodt, Anne Tews
The working paper addresses the significance, reality and boundaries of solidarity in the European multi-level system. It analyses the requirements for solidarity and the role that solidarity plays in European multi-level governance. We present an effort to conceptualize solidarity in the European multi-level system and to develop a typology of different forms of solidarity. >> read more
July 14, 2016
Member of German Bundestag Michael Hartmann speaks at JGU Mainz
Michael Hartmann, member of the German Bundestag and member of the Bundestag's Committee on European Union Affairs, gives a talk on "Europe between Brussles, Berlin and Mainz - Insights from the Bundestag's Committee on European Union Affairs". The event takes place on Monday, July 18, 2016, 10am - 12:30 pm at JGU Mainz.
July 13, 2016
EU Simulation 2016
Four days long students of TU Darmstadt and University of Mainz and international students were performing as members of the European Parliament or the Council of the European Union. Over 80 students from Germany, Poland, France, Italy, Spain, Russia, Croatia, Belgium, Great Britain, the Netherlands, Ukraine, Albania, Pakistan, Israel, Columbia and Brazil were simulating a decision-making process of the European Union with an external policy dimension. The participants discussed two Commission proposals in the field of migration policy. >> read more
July 4, 2016
CEDI Annual Lecture 2016 and CEDI Award Ceremony at TU Darmstadt
On July 1, 2016, CEDI hosted its first Annual Lecture at TU Darmstadt. Guest speaker Prof. Joan DeBardeleben from Carleton University, Ottawa, gave a talk on "Shifting Paradigms in EU-Russian Relations: Can the Dialogue be Revived?" DeBardeleben described the changing paradigms of EU-Russian relations since the Ukraine crisis and explored underlying reasons, consequences and solutions for the paradigm shift. >> read more
After the lecture, CEDI Director Michèle Knodt and CEDI Co-Director Arne Niemann presented the 2016 Awards for EU in Global Dialogue 2016. CEDI awarded three prizes to outstanding theses in political science on the topic of EU in Global Dialogue. A jury selected the theses of Simon Ant (M.A., JGU Mainz), Katharina Kleinschnitger (M.A., TU Darmstadt) and Dr. Stephanie Bergbauer (JGU Mainz).
June 29, 2016
Three new CEDI Working Papers released:
Lost in Translation: Human and Minority Rights - Discourses of the European Union and Russia
by Petra Guasti and Arne Niemann
Controversy in the Garden of Concepts: Rethinking the “Politicisation” of the EU
by Niilo Kauppi, Kari Palonen, Claudia Wiesner
Studying EU Peace Mediation: Theoretical and Empirical Perspectives
by Julian Bergmann, Friedrich Plank, Arne Niemann
June 22, 2016
New Blog Entry: "The European Union as a Peace Mediator"
The European Union (EU) has recently emerged as an international peace mediator, but emerging challenges, including the potential exit of the UK from the EU, may prevent it from strengthening its ability to mediate conflicts. >> read more
June 14, 2016
Invitation to CEDI's first Annual Lecture
On July 1, 2016, CEDIs first Annual Lecture will take place at TU Darmstadt. Guest speaker Prof. Joan DeBardeleben (Carleton University, Ottawa, Canada) will give a talk on "Shifting Paradigms in EU-Russian Relations: Can the Dialogue be Revived?"
After the lecture, the award ceremony for the Jean Monnet Awards for EU in Global Dialogue 2016 will take place.
Time: July 1, 2016; 11:40 am - 1:30 pm
Venue: TU Darmstadt
Registration: Please register before June 24 via Email to (krauss[at]pg.tu-darmstadt.de)
June 09, 2016
Call for Papers
Annual conference on "Regionalism in the Global South and the EU in Comparative Perspective"
Conference: November 10-11, 2016, at JGU Mainz
Deadline for papers: July 29, 2016
Since the early 1990s and in parallel to Globalisation, the world has witnessed a new wave of regionalism and a mushrooming of regional integration organisations in virtually every part of the globe. Quite surprisingly, most of these new regionalisms have emerged in the Global South and produced considerable institutional dynamics. Despite this observation, the scientific debate on how to explain regionalism or specific regional integration processes is yet significantly influenced by research on the EU. So far, only few theoretical approaches have been developed which aim explicitly at analysing and explaining regional integration beyond Europe. This is because regionalisms and regional integration processes in the Global South have been widely neglected in the scientific debate for a long time and comparative studies are yet rare to find. Most of the current research and existing literature on regionalism in the Global South belongs either to the field of area studies or has often focussed only on selected policy areas (e.g. the economy) so far. >> read more
May 13, 2016
School meets EU Studies - Panel Discussion on the future of the EU at Bensheim school
Students of the Europe School Goethe Gymnasium Bensheim organized a panel discussion on the topic “Europe on the move. Where does the EU navigate to?” that took place on May 2, during the Europe Week 2016. Moderated by Mara Krupa and Nik Seewald, Members of the European Parliament (MEP) Dr. Udo Bullmann (SPD) and Martin Häusling (Grüne), Member of the German Parliament Christine Buchholz (Die Linke), the regional head of the Europa-Union Hesse Wolfgang Freudenberger (CDU), journalist Klaus-Dieter Frankenberg (FAZ) and Prof. Dr. Michèle Knodt from CEDI discussed questions about the state of the EU. The students created video inputs and a sketch to introduce the panelists.
All panel participants were concerned about the current developments of the Union, especially the deal with Turkey about the refugee policy. >> read more
May 12, 2016
European Lounge Talk on EU refugee crisis
On 8 January 2016, Arne Niemann and Natascha Zaun (University of Mainz) convened a roundtable discussion on the EU’s role in the global refugee crisis and the EU’s refugee policy, bringing together scientists from different disciplines, street-level bureaucrats, civil society, and the general public. Speakers included Prof. Dr. Dietrich Thränhardt (University of Münster), Michael Richter (Author, Journalist, Film Artist), Maik Boldau (former director of a refugee reception centre in Brandenburg, Germany) and CEDI Team member Dr. Natascha Zaun (University of Mainz).
May 06, 2016
"Uneasy Neighbours" – Students excursion to Israel in the framework of CEDI co-operation with Israel
In the framework of the Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence "EU in Global Dialogue" (CEDI), the already existing research co-operation between the Jean Monnet Chairs of Prof. Dr.Michèle Knodt and Prof. Dr. Sharon Pardo was extended to teaching activities. During the one-week seminar "Uneasy Neighbours: The European Union, Israel and Palestine", research students from TU Darmstadt and the University of Mainz met with other international students at the Ben-Gurion University of the Negev in Be’er Sheva, Israel. They discussed questions of territorial occupation and the influence of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict on EU foreign and domestic politics. The students were trained in theoretical, empirical and research-strategic issues on the subject matter by academics of the Ben-Gurion University. They presented and discussed their research papers with experts on the ground. The seminar was open for M.A. and doctoral students with a particular focus on the topic. The programme included field trips among others to the Kibbuz Nahal Oz near Ghaza as well as to the representations of the EU and UN in Jerusalem.
This seminar is the starting point for the development of an Erasmus+ exchange between the Institute for Political Science at TU Darmstadt and the Ben-Gurion University of the Negev in Be’er Sheva.
April 24, 2016
Results of the CEDI Workshop "Democratic governance of EU crises - Is it (im)possible?"
On 14th and 15th April 2016 the Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence „EU in Global Dialogue“ (CEDI) organized a workshop with the topic "Democratic governance of EU crises - Is it (im)possible?" in cooperation with the Academy of Finland FiDiPro Project „Transformations of Concepts and Institutons in the European Politiy“ (TRACE).
Democracy in the European multi-level system is usually discussed in the context of wether the EU as a political system has a demovratic constitution and is legitimized by it. The debate has
focussed on the "democratic deficit" of the EU. The discussants came to the conclusion that the current crises have lead to an increase of the democratic deficit and have higlighted the limits of
the modes of governance in the EU. The workshop contributions discussed possible solutions for the current crises in terms of institutions and mechanisms.
Please click here to download the workshop report (in German):
April 22, 2016
Jean Monnet Award for EU in Global Dialogue 2016 - Applications open now
CEDI awards outstanding Bachelor, Master and Docotoral theses on the topics of CEDI.
To apply, please send an abstract, your contact information and a documentation of the grade to:
March 21, 2016
CEDI establishes relations with the University of Havana, Cuba
The Ice Age between Cuba and the EU seems to be definitely over. After years of silence between Brussels and Havana there was a relaunch of political dialogue and cooperation in 2008 which resulted in a bilateral agreement this month. During the second visit of the High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, Federica Mogherini, to Cuba on March 12, 2016, a "Political Dialogue and Cooperation Agreement" (PDCA) was signed which is covering political dialogue, cooperation and trade. Mogherini expressed that this is a historic step for the EU and Cuba and marks the beginning of a new phase of the bilateral relationship.
Since last year, the EU is allocating €50 million within the 2014-2020 period under the EU's Development Cooperation Instrument. With this instrument the EU supports the Cuban national development strategy. Its main focus is on three sectors: food security and sustainable agriculture, environment and climate change, and sustainable economic and social modernization.
In the context of this development, the Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence “EU in Global Dialogue” (CEDI) established contact and exchange with the University of Havana to have a fruitful cooperation on the topic of EU studies. Jean Monnet Professor Eduardo Perera from the History Department and Prof. Michèle Knodt from TU Darmstadt started the collaboration with a seminar on “La Union Europea en Crisis” in February at the University of Havana. They also agreed with the Vice-Dean (responsible for international relations) of the Faculty of Social Sciences to exchange students on a regular basis.
March 11, 2016
CEDI Workshop: "Democratic governance of EU crises - Is it (im)possible?"
The Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence „Europe in Global Dialogue“ (CEDI) organizes a workshop on the topic "Democratic governance of EU crises - Is it (im)possible?". The workshop will focus on possible solutions of the current crises of the EU. Which mechanisms and institutions can contribute to a democratic and economically sound answer to the challenges the EU is facing?
Begin: April 14, 2016, 14:00
End: April 15, 2016 14:00
Location: TU Darmstadt
To register for the workshop please contact CEDI Team member Claudia Wiesner (E-Mail)
March 09, 2016
New CEDI Working Paper released:
by Michèle Knodt, Nadine Piefer, Suet-Yi Lai
China and the European Union are the world’s largest importers of natural resources, which make both of them highly dependent on other countries. Both are, hence, greatly challenged on the issue of energy and closely interlinked also on climate change. >> read more
January 18, 2016
New Blog Entry: "Normative Power Europe in Global Dialogue"
At the inauguration of CEDI Sharon Pardo maintained that the split in the European global and regional approaches help explain both power and weakness of the ‘Normative Power Europe’(NPE). We present a transcript of his keynote speech on “Normative Power Europe in Global Dialogue”. >> read more
December 15, 2015
What conditions influence EU effectiveness in international mediation? A recent study by Julian Bergmann and Arne Niemann assesses how we can better evaluate the role of the EU institutions as a peace mediator by investigating the case of the Belgrade - Pristina dialogue, brokered by the EU between 2011 and 2013. >> read more
December 15, 2015
CEDI Team celebrates the inauguration of the Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence „EU in Global Dialogue“ at TU Darmstadt
On December 11, 2015 the CEDI Team celebrated the inauguration of the Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence „EU in Global Dialogue“ at TU Darmstadt. CEDI-Director Prof. Michèle Knodt welcomed the guests and highlighted the importance of dialogue in times of significant power shifts towards a global multipolar world order.
The list of speakers included the Vice President of TU Darmstadt, Prof. Dr. Jürgen Rödel, the Vice President of JGU Mainz, Prof. Dr. Mechthild Dreyer, the Hessian State Secretary for European Affairs, Mark Weinmeister, and the representative of the State Secretary for European Affairs of Rhineland-Palatinate, Stefan Tidow.
Jean Monnet Professor Sharon Pardo from the Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, presented a Keynote speech on “Normative Power Europe”. He congratulated the Team for the successful application and emphasized the need to study the impact of the EU as a normative power in the world.
The inauguration marks the official start of CEDI. Please check our website and blog regularly to receive the latest news on upcoming workshops, lectures, conferences, working papers etc.
November 27, 2015
Workshop on the EU as an Actor in International Mediation – Theoretical and Empirical Perspectives on 26/27 November
From 26th to 27th November 2015, the first workshop of the CEDI Workshop Series took place at the Johannes Gutenberg University in Mainz. The two-day workshop on “The EU as an Actor in International Mediation – Theoretical and Empirical Perspectives” was organized by CEDI team members Arne Niemann, Julian Bergmann and Michèle Knodt. The main purpose of the workshop was to map the field of EU mediation practice and to provide the first systematic scholarly account on the EU’s role in international mediation. To understand the different facets of EU mediation, the organizers brought together researchers from various countries who presented conceptually and/or empirically oriented papers on EU mediation practice. On the first workshop day, the participants discussed theoretical and conceptual perspectives on the EU’s mediation role(s), the gender dimension of EU mediation and EU mediation practice in the Western Balkans. On the second workshop day, the main focus was on comparing various cases of EU mediation across regions, including the DR Congo, Yemen, Myanmar, and Egypt. The main scientific output of the workshop will be a special issue application with a leading international relations journal.
November 23, 2015
Workshop on the EU as an Actor in International Mediation – Theoretical and Empirical Perspectives on 26/27 November
The first workshop of the CEDI workshop series will take place at the JGU Mainz on 26/27 November. It is organized by CEDI Team members Arne Niemann, Julian Bergmann and Michèle Knodt. The workshop aims to address several remaining gaps by providing the first systematic scholarly account of the EU's role in international mediation. Since the beginning of the 2000s, the EU started to directly support peace negotiations in a variety of inter- and intra-state conflicts. In addition to its involvement as a direct leader or co-mediator in peace negotiations, the EU has also supported peace processes by providing information and communication channels to conflict parties, facilitating dialogue between opposing political parties in post-election crises or enabling and promoting mediation efforts of other international actors. The workshop organizers seek to discuss the wide variety of facets of EU activities in international mediation. The aim is to grasp the different roles the EU plays in the field of international mediation and to understand the motives and strategies that drive EU mediation activities.
November 6, 2015
Workshop on "Civil Society of the Eastern Partnership in Dialogue: Mutual Percpetions of the Eastern Partnership Countries, Russia and the EU" (financed by the Federal Foreign Office of Germany)
From 2 to 6 November 2015 a workshop on mutual perceptions analysis took place at the Technical University in Darmstadt. The workshop was lead by Prof. Dr. Michèle Knodt (TU Darmstadt) and Prof. Dr. Natalia Chaban from the University of Canterbury, New Zealand. Researchers from all Eastern Partnership countries as well as from the Technical University of Darmstadt participated in the workshop. The Eastern Partnership is a joint initiative of the EU and its Eastern European partners: Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, the Republic of Moldova and Ukraine. In addition, Master students of TU Darmstadt took part in the workshop as well. Prof. Dr. Natalia Chaban gave an in-depth introduction to the theoretical framework of perception analysis and then taught the participants how to apply the method in the context of their respective home countries. The goal of the project financed by the Federal Foreign Office of Germany in which the workshop took place is to get a broad picture on mutual percpetions of EU Eastern Partnership countries, Russia and the EU by media analysis.
November 2, 2015
Ukraine in focus
On 2 November 2015 Prof. Anatoliy Chaban of the Cherkasy National University held a speech on "Ukraine's relations to the European Union and Russia" at the Technical University of Darmstadt.
He presented both background information on this triangular relationship as well as an overview of the state of the art in this field. Futhermore the audience was given a broad overview on today's developments in Ukraine.
October 6, 2015
CEDI successfully started!
On October 6th, the Jean Monnet Centre for Europe in Global Dialogue (CEDI) was officially constituted in its first kick-off workshop with all team members. The CEDI directors Prof. Dr. Michèle Knodt (TU Darmstadt) and Prof. Dr. Arne Nieman (JGU Mainz) introduced the Centre concept and discussed the work plan and upcoming CEDI activities. The team members from the two universities look forward to a fruitful cooperation on topics of EU in Global Dialogue. The first CEDI workshop will already take place 26th – 27th November at JGU Mainz on „The EU’s Involvement in International Mediation Efforts“.