The UK, Germany and Europe

The United Kingdom and the European Union are undergoing a period of profound transformation. IGES scholars are working to understand these processes, focusing on Anglo-German relations, the impact of Brexit on the EU, Germany and UK, changing understandings of democracy, as well as the rise of Euroscepticism, populism and ‘post-truth’ politics.

Affiliated IGES scholars

Dr Charlotte Galpin is a Senior Lecturer in German and European Politics. Her research is concerned with European identities, EU citizenship, Euroscepticism and the European public sphere.

Dr Armin Grünbacher is a Senior Lecturer in Modern History. His main interest lies in post war Germany and the political, social and economic reconstruction of the country (including Allied occupation policy) against the backdrop of the Cold War.

Dr Tim Haughton is a Reader in European Politics with a particular interest in electoral and party politics, electoral campaigning, the relationship between politics and government, the interaction between domestic and European sources of change, the relationship between Britain and the EU, the role of the past in the politics of the present and the domestic politics of Slovakia, Slovenia and the Czech Republic.

Dr Julian Pänke is a Lecturer in European Politics who is interested in comparative foreign policy analysis, in German and East Central European politics, the impact of history on foreign policy making and specifically how tensions between nation- and empire building shape a state’s external behaviour.

Dr Jost-Henrik Morgenstern-Pomorski is DAAD Lecturer in European Politics with research expertise in European foreign policy and in the European External Action Service, the EU’s diplomatic service.

Dr Maren Rohe is a post-doctoral Research Fellow in the project ‘Post-Socialist Britain: Memory, Representation and Political Identity amongst German and Polish Immigrants in the UK.’

Corey Ross is a Professor of Modern History. His primary research interests are in global environmental history and modern European social and cultural history.

Frank Uekötter is a Professor in Environmental Humanities working on environmental issues, both past and present, in a global context.

Current projects

The Making of Monoculture: A Global History, European Research Council Advanced Grant, 2021-2026 (Principal Investigator Dr Frank Uekötter)

Post-Truth Politics, Nationalism and the (De-)Legitimation of European Integration, Jean Monnet Network, 2019-2022 (Co-Investigator Dr Charlotte Galpin)

Shifting Constellations: Germany and Global (Dis)Order, Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst, 2019-2021 (Principal Investigator Dr Nicholas Martin, Co-Investigators: Dr Charlotte Galpin, Dr Julian Pänke, Dr Maren Rohe, Dr Tara Talwar Windsor)

Recent publications (selection)

Julian Pänke, ‘“The Fourth Reich Is Here”: An Exploration of Populist Depictions of the European Union as a German Plot to Take Over Europe’, German Politics and Society 38:3 (2020): 54–76.

Frank Uekötter, Im Strudel: Eine Umweltgeschichte der modernen Welt (Frankfurt: Campus, 2020).

Frank Uekötter, Der deutsche Kanal: Eine Mythologie der alten Bundesrepublik (Stuttgart: Steiner, 2020).

Maren Rohe, ‘Is Germany Part of the West? A Reconstruction of Russian Narratives.’ German Politics and Society, 38:3 (2020).

Charlotte Galpin and Hans-Jörg Trenz, ‘Converging towards Euroscepticism? Negativity in News Coverage During the 2014 European Parliament Elections in Germany and the UK’. European Politics and Society, Vol. 20:3 (2019): 260-276.

Charlotte Galpin, Patrick Bijsmans and Benjamin Leruth, ‘“Brexit” in Transnational Perspective: An Analysis of Newspapers in France, Germany and the Netherlands.’ Comparative European Politics, Vol. 16:5, (2018): 825-842.

Jost-Henrik Morgenstern-Pomorski, Contested Diplomacy of the European External Action Service: The Inception, Establishment and Consolidation (London: Routledge, 2018).

Frank Uekötter, ‘Entangled Ecologies. Outlines of a Green History of Two or More Germanys,’ In Frank Bösch (ed.), A History Shared and Divided. East and West Germany since the 1970s (New York: Berghahn Books, 2018): 147-190.

Charlotte Galpin: The Euro Crisis and European Identities: Political and Media Discourse in Germany, Ireland and Poland. New Perspectives in German Political Studies (London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2017).

Armin Grünbacher, West German industrialists and the Making of the Economic Miracle: A History of Mentality and Recovery. (London: Bloomsbury Academic, 2017)

Corey Ross, Ecology and Power in the Age of Empire: Europe and the Transformation of the Tropical World (Oxford University Press: 2017)


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