Ludger Kühnhardt

Center for European Integration Studies


Ludger Kühnhardt is director at the Center for European Integration Studies (ZEI) at Bonn.

Recent Content


Eurasian Heartland or Atlantic Civilization: The Ukrainian War of Cultures

The Road to the Present Why was the West surprised about the escalation in Ukraine? What went wrong on our side? And what conclusions do we need to draw from …

German-American Relations Post 9/22

In AICGS’ ongoing elections coverage, Dr. Ludger Kühnhardt argues that 9/22 will join 11/9 and 9/11 as a turning point in German-American and Transatlantic relations. Free trade, global governance, and the middle east each have major impending developments.

Germany’s Exit from History?

Buffeted by European and global headwinds, many in Germany wish for their country to “exit from history” and chart a more peaceful and insular course. But as Ludger Kühnhardt, Director at the Center for European Integration Studies at Universität Bonn and a regular contributor to the Advisor, argues, Germany can only engineer a good future for its people as an engine of further European integration, as a partner of the United States and as a defender of universal human rights. This essay originally appeared in the June 14, 2011, edition of The Globalist.

The Lisbon Treaty in Focus: Germany, the EU, Transatlantic Relations, and Beyond

When the Lisbon Treaty entered into force on 1 December 2009, no one quite knew how this would impact transatlantic relations or how an EU with increasing responsibilities would act …