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About Ulrike Guérot

Ulrike Guérot is Founder and Director of the European Democracy Lab at the European School of Governance, eusg, in Berlin, and a lecturer on European integration at the European Viadrina University. She has 20 years experience in the European think tank community and has taught both in Europe and the US. Previously she worked for the European Council on Foreign Relations, at the German Council on Foreign Relations, and with the German Marshall Fund. Ulrike Guérot is a regular writer and commentator on European and transatlantic affairs as well as European democracy and global Europe both in German and European media. For her engagement in European affairs, she received the French award, “L’Ordre pour le Mérite” in 2003

Articles by Ulrike Guérot

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Constitutional conventions: best practice

Europe: the reconstruction of the free world

National borders are a reality – and for most people, they are something that is taken for granted and indeed necessary. But are they really the normal state of affairs? A radical futuristic plan for a borderless Europe.

Talk Real London: "Exit Europe?"

Looking at the upcoming EU referendum in the UK, we ask: beyond the conservative in/out options dominating the headlines, what debate should we be having about Europe? (1 hour).

L'Europe? Une République! Une histoire de l'Europe au 21e siècle

Europe is now almost completely integrated in terms of economic and monetary policy. So European integration is yesterday’s word; tomorrow’s is European democracy. We all are Europe! English. Deutsch. (8,907 words)

Europe as a republic: the story of Europe in the twenty first century

Europe is now almost completely integrated in terms of economic and monetary policy. So European integration is yesterday’s word; tomorrow’s is European democracy. We all are Europe! Français. Deutsch. (8,907 words)

Europe in the 21st century: a new version of Europe is available

“No idea is a good idea unless it first appears to be completely illusory.” (Albert Einstein) Español.

Ulrike Guérot: the European Republic is under construction (video)

A video of Ulrike Guerot's speech at re:publica on the creation of a European republic. (60 minutes, in German)

For a European Republic

Today we have to move away from the idea of a United States of Europe, to think of the EU as a republic, as the European res publica, and to put citizens and civil society back into the centre stage that they have abandoned.

Europe’s unfinished democracy

Old Europe is disaggregating. The new Europe, which has long been a reality in the mind of many European citizens, is waiting for its constitution, one that will effectively take us into the future.

A new German government: but what about that new German politics for Europe?

After months of campaigning, leading to an election, followed by weeks of negotiation, the German Social Democrats and Merkel's CDU/CSU have finally agreed to form a grand coalition. But can this coalition hold? And how will it affect Europe?

The German election: what Europe expects - and what Germany will not do

Europeans expect a lot from Germany. But that doesn't necessarily mean European matters will have an impact on the upcoming German election.

Britain's European catharsis

Like Greece, Spain and Germany before, Britain now faces a cathartic moment when she needs to decide what price it is worth paying to stay in the European Union. Coolheaded rationality must prevail over emotion in the debate that is about to begin. 

Why Poland is the new France for Germany

Has Poland replaced France as Germany's most trusted European partner?

Towards Europia? Germany and the euro crisis

Europe is in the crucial weeks of its epic crisis. The judgment by Germany's constitutional court returns authority to politicians in shaping a solution to the eurozone's troubles. But at a deeper level the contest for Europe's future is also about its social model, cultural resources and democratic capacity, says Ulrike Guerot.

Germany: the beleaguered European island

Many outward economic indicators still tell a story of German success. Inside, there are many signs of a troubled country lacking a strategic vision for itself and for Europe. The eurozone financial crisis highlights this vacuum - but the heart of the problem is political, says Ulrike Guérot.

Germany goes global: farewell, Europe

The great engine both of Europe’s economic strength and its political unity is falling out of love with its creation. The challenge to the continent is profound, says Ulrike Guérot.

Germany, Greece, and Europe’s future

The European Union has been split by the crisis over Greece’s debt. The lesson is that Germany needs to resume its place at the heart of the European project, says Ulrike Guérot.

Germany and Europe: 1989, 2009...2029

The Berlin wall’s collapse symbolised Germany’s place at the heart of European and world politics. Twenty years on the chessboard is shaking again, says Ulrike Guérot.
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