The Department for European Policy and the Study of Democracy will focus on the institutions of the EU, the European governance structure and its flaws, the democratic deficit of the EU and the future of European democracy. Questions of participation and representation in the European policy system will be central. Further, it will concentrate on the research of current phenomena of populism and nationalism in contemporary Europe.
The Department will also dedicate research to the role of the regions in Europe. Keywords here are European identity, horizontal Europeanization and European public opinion & media. A special focus will be given to the generational dynamics of the European discourse.
The Department wants to deliver a relevant contribution to the current public discussion about the future of Europe and the EU. This includes a scientific and policy relevant occupation with the current European crisis as there are the refugee crisis, the Brexit discussion or the European terror problem with respect to the decision making and acting capacity of the EU.