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Today we start off the new semester with our first online course “European Institutions”. A warm welcome to all new students and we wish everybody a great start of the new term !

Prof. Axt was Vice President of the Southeast Europe Society, Munich, from 2001 to 2016. He is a visiting professor at the Europa-Institut of Saarland University since 2011; member of the International Advisory Board of the “Cyprus Review”, the Advisory Board of the Turkish Institute for Security and Democracy (TISD), Washington D.C., the Academic Advisory Board of the Cologne Forum for International Relations and Security Policy e.V. (KFIBS) and the Editorial Board of Southeast Europe, Journal of Politics and Society. As holder of a Jean Monnet Chair and head of the Jean Monnet Research Group, he retired in October 2012.


M2-1: European Institutions

Policy making in the European Union differs distinctly from political processes in nation states. Students learn the peculiarity of new modes of governance which have been developed in the European Union. As the process of integration is an incremental development, emphasis will be put on historical aspects. As the European Union has developed step by step, the same holds true for relevant norms and values which were laid down in successive treaties. Another focus of the course is decision making in the European Union. It becomes evident which actors are relevant. As policy making differs from policy to policy the course will discuss some examples of policies which can be classified either as market building (e.g. Internal Market) or market correcting ones (e.g. Cohesion Policy). The course includes group discussions and a written examination.