Julian Rappold

Research Fellow, Alfred von Oppenheim Center for European Policy Studies

Areas of Expertise

  • European integration
  • German European policy
  • Southern Europe


German, English, French


Phone: +49 (0)30 25 42 31-19
Fax: +49 (0)30 25 42 31-16
Email: rappold@dgap.org

Julian Rappold re-joined DGAP in April 2019 as a Research Fellow in the Alfred von Oppenheim Center for European Policy Studies, having previously worked with DGAP from May 2011 to March 2017. His areas of expertise are European integration, Germany’s European policy and Southern Europe.

From April 2017, he headed the project “Connecting Europe”, a joint initiative of the European Policy Centre (EPC) and the Mercator Foundation, where he also served as Senior Policy Analyst. From 2015 to 2017, he also acted as Associate Researcher for the European Council on Foreign Relations (ECFR). Prior to this, he worked with the European Parliament and the Ministry of State for Baden-Württemberg.

Julian Rappold studied political sciences and economics at the University of Freiburg, the University of Münster and the Institut d’Études Politiques in Lyon. He obtained a Master of Arts in European Studies from the University of Bath, the Humboldt University and the Free University of Berlin.


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Selected Publications

Setting Course for the Next Five Years
Three Steps to Start an Effective EU Commission Presidency
by Julian Rappold
DGAPstandpunkt 23 (September 2019), 3 pp.
Setting Course for the Next Five Years
The designated European Commission President is busy putting together her team of Commissioners, which will face Parliamentary scrutiny at the end of October. Now is when Ursula von der Leyen is laying the basis for the success or weakness of her presidency. This task goes far beyond assigning names to portfolios.
Category: European Union
The Spitz to the Top
Only a “Spitzenkandidat” Should become President of the Next EU Commission
by Jana Puglierin, Julian Rappold
DGAPstandpunkt 17 (June 2019), 3 pp.
The Spitz to the Top
Now that the European elections are over, the European Parliament and the European Council are battling for the upper hand in the process to name the next president of the European Commission. While the European Parliament wants to establish the spitzenkandidat (or lead candidate) process once and for all, opposition is building in the European Council. A face-saving compromise is needed to avoid a protracted tug of war. And this simply won’t work without one of the spitzenkandidaten.
Category: Elections, European Union
Looking beyond Sibiu
EU cooperation can move forward – flexibly
by Julian Rappold, Daniela Schwarzer
DGAPstandpunkt 14, May 7, 2019, 3 pp.
Looking beyond Sibiu
The European Council meeting in Sibiu on 9 May was intended to boost the European Union two weeks ahead of the European parliamentary election, and in the wake of the original March Brexit date. However, divided amongst themselves, the EU leaders are shying away from notable commitments even though citizens’ support for the EU has actually increased. The likely limited results of Sibiu reflect the current state of the EU, but do not necessarily determine its future after the election.
Category: European Union, Elections
Say it with feeling
Germany is Europe’s de facto leader. But it needs to change its style
by Claire Demesmay, Jana Puglierin, Julian Rappold
International Politics and Society, July 21, 2017
Leadership can foster resentment. As Germany has taken a stronger role in responding to the crises gripping Europe, mistrust towards Berlin has increased. Germany’s handling of the refugee and Eurozone crises has not met with universal approval, and some regard the country’s unparalleled influence as part of the problem. Germany shouldn’t give in to calls to step away from the reigns. But it does need to change the way it leads, or risk a further erosion of confidence.
Category: European Union
Not in Party Mood
by Julian Rappold
Heinrich Böll Stiftung European Union, December 14, 2016
In the weekend of 9 and 10 December, the European Union celebrated the 25th anniversary of the Maastricht Treaty. But European leaders and their citizens seemed not to be in the mood to party as the celebrations went largely unnoticed by the general public.
Greece: A Clear Roadmap for Debt Relief is Needed
Questions for George Papaconstantinou
by Julian Rappold
DGAP Interview (November 21, 2016)
Greece: A Clear Roadmap for Debt Relief is Needed
Greece recently completed its first review of the third bailout program agreed on in 2015 with European lenders. Its government has pressed to put talks on debt relief back on the Eurogroup’s agenda. The former finance minister reflects on the current political and economic climate in his country after the fall 2015 parliamentary elections, the current state of implementation of reforms, the likelihood of debt restructuring for Greece, and the lessons the eurozone has learned from the Greek crisis.
Category: Financial Crisis, Greece, Europe
The Forgotten Crisis
Greece’s debt crisis has been a virtual non-topic in Berlin this year
by Julian Rappold
Heinrich Böll Stiftung European Union, October 27, 2016
Chancellor Merkel has been in constant crisis mode for some time now. The political agenda is dominated by an ever increasing number of near-death experiences threatening to destroy the European project. So does anyone really want to hold it against her if she loses track of the abundance of challenges the EU is facing?
Category: European Union
Trashing a Mantra
What Follows After Merkel's "Wir schaffen das"?
by Julian Rappold
Originally published on September 21, 2016 in the Reconnecting Europe Blog of the Heinrich Böll Stiftung European Union. Republished with kind permission.
For a whole year, Chancellor Merkel withstood criticism from inside and outside her party and stuck to her mantra of "we can do it" in terms of coping with hundreds of thousands of refugees, many of them fleeing the war in Syria. Poor results for Merkel's CDU party in the recent elections in the states of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern and Berlin are widely seen as referendums on Merkel’s approach to the refugee crisis.
Going Global, Targeting the Home Front
The EU’s Global Strategy
by Julian Rappold
Heinrich Böll Stiftung European Union, July 29, 2016
When the European Council mandated the EU’s High Representative Federica Mogherini to prepare a new strategy on foreign and security policy in June 2015, a British referendum on EU membership seemed to be lightyears away for European leaders, let alone the possibility of a Brexit.
Category: European Union
Germany and the EU: The New Disenchantment
Germany's new focus on rule-based leadership in the EU
by Julie Hamann, Julian Rappold
"EU Forum" blog, Clingendael, Netherlands Institute of International Relations, June 22, 2016
European integration has defined Germany's post-war politics. Now, with waning enthusiasm for the EU but continued overlap between German and European interests, Germany is focusing on a EU rule- based leadership. Julie Hamann and Julian Rappold contributed this blog to Clingendael, Netherlands Institute of International Relations
Category: European Union, Western Europe