Anna-Lena Kirch

Program Coordinator Alfred von Oppenheim Center for European Policy Studies

Areas of Expertise

  • Fundamental questions of European integration
  • Subregional cooperation formats in the EU
  • Germany's role in Europe
  • European Neighborhood Policy
  • Visegrad Group


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Tel.: +49 (0)30 25 42 31-72

Anna-Lena Kirch joined the DGAP as an associate fellow in June 2017. Previously she worked in the Europe program of the German Marshall Fund of the United States (2014–17), in the research division for EU integration at the German Institute for International and Security Affairs (SWP) (2012–13), and in the European Parliament as a trainee of French MEP Sylvie Goulard.

Kirch focuses on the discourse about the “future of the EU” and on processes of differentiated integration in a European context. Her further areas of research are German foreign policy, European Neighborhood Policy, and the Visegrad Group (the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, and Slovakia).

She is currently completing her PhD at Justus Liebig University in Gießen with a focus on “subregional cooperation formats in the EU." She studied political science and communications at Johannes Gutenberg University in Mainz. During in her MA studies, she worked in Mainz University’s department of political science and at the Goethe Institute in Glasgow.


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Selected Publications

A New Strategy for European Health Policy
by Anna-Lena Kirch, Daniela Braun
DGAPanalyse 6 (September 2018), 25 pp.
A New Strategy for European Health Policy
Germany considers itself a leading European power that utilizes its influence to promote EU cohesion in the face of Brexit and numerous other crises. However, a different picture emerges in European health policy, an area that is not only being discussed as an essential part of the EU’s social dimension but also in the context of its security and development positioning: Far from shaping the discussion, Germany is at times even perceived as the brakeman to an effective European health policy.
Category: Health, European Union
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