Review of electronic exam, summer term 2018

The results of the module examination in the field of International Relations in the summer semester 2018 are available and will be published promptly by the examination office in JOGU-STINe.

You can see your exam at the following date by appointment:

9th October 2018, 14:00 to 16:00

To register, please send an e-mail to Mrs. Johanna Speyer ( by 30 September 2018 at the latest. Mrs. Speyer will arrange with you the exact time of your appointment.


Your department International Politics

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Layers of Brexit, 27 June 2018

Around two years after the Brexit-Vote, the initial shock regarding the outcome seems to have mostly been processed by both the European Union and the United Kingdom. But even very patient observers are still waiting for a clear picture, as to how exactly Britain’s future relationship with the European Union is supposed to look like. The recent resignations by Brexit-Minister David Davis and Minister of Foreign Affairs Boris Johnson, sadly blend in with numerous political incidents that have caused irritation and confusion on both sides since the Vote in 2016.

Almost on the second anniversary of the referendum, the Jean Monnet Chair of European Integration, in cooperation with the Centre for Political Education of Rhineland Palatinate, has taken up the opportunity to invite a group of experts to discuss the different “Layers of Brexit”.








In the course of an interesting discussion, the participants Prof. Dr. Natalia Chaban, Dr. Deniz Alkan, Dr. Mathias Dubbert und Dr. Geoffrey Edwards ­– under the leadership of Dr. Falk Ostermann (Justus Liebig University Gießen)– shared their broad expert knowledge on Brexit in the areas of economics, culture and society. The roundtable left behind quickly the big — and not yet fully answered— question of just why Brexit happened, to concentrate deeply on the inevitable consequences.

It was Dr. Geoffrey Edwards (Cambridge University), the only English participant, who sought to clarify the so-called ‘Commonwealth myth’. In terms of trade agreements, he underlined just how much the British government overestimates its own position, while underestimating and downright denying the strong position of the former Commonwealth countries. Dr. Deniz Alkan, Director of International and Foreign Affairs for the state Rhineland Palatinate, underscored this observation, presenting an uncomfortable example: As of right now, the German state North Rhine-Westphalia alone has a larger trade volume with India than the whole of Great Britain. This raises the question as to how Britain expects to increase its overall trade with any of the former Commonwealth countries, especially with no trade agreements beyond WTO rules in place.

Dr. Mathias Dubbert, Director of European Policy and EU Foreign Trade Promotion for the Association of German Chambers of Industry and Commerce in Brussels, also stressed the tremendous economic consequences of the Brexit vote. The lack of a political direction has manifested into actual insecurity on the business side —negative side effects that have already caused companies to withdraw from investing on the island. Furthermore, many British companies are struggling to find workers, whose fates have not been sealed or saved since the vote two years ago. As of right now, the British government still does not offer any solution. Prof. Dr. Natalia Chaban (Canterbury University) agreed, adding that the EU-27 continue to be perceived as a big and relevant market by international actors. She also offered insight on the broader political implications of Brexit for both the EU and the UK. According to her, Brexit has raised the international profile of the European Union, nonetheless feeding into a larger uncertainty about the future of the western world order.

The roundtable discussion closed, leaving doubts about the future of the EU-UK relationship. The participants mostly agreed with each other regarding the big challenge Brexit poses on either party. However, it remains unclear if a satisfying agreement can be found in time for Britain’s exit in 2019.

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Invitation to the Institute Colloquium with Roundtable Discussion

Layers of Brexit

Two years after the referendum: Which traces has Brexit left on Rhineland-Palatinate, Germany, the EU and the World?

On 23rd June 2016, the British people shocked the EU and the wider world by voting for their country's exit from the EU. However, two years after the referendum, it has become apparent that this vote is wrought with complications and constituted a leap in the dark, not only for the UK, but also for the EU and its member states as well as the EU's external partners. Brexit will have important repercussions in a plethora of policy areas and on different levels. What plans does the UK have for the time after its exit from the EU? What effects will Brexit have on Germany in general and Rhineland-Palatinate in particular? How has the British intention to leave the EU affected Brussels and how has it changed the way that the wider world sees the EU?


These and further questions will be discussed by

Dr. Deniz Alkan, Director International and European Affairs, State Chancellery Rhineland Palatinate

Prof. Dr. Natalia Chaban, National Centre for the Research on Europe, University of Canterbury, Christchurch, New Zealand

Dr. Geoffrey Edwards, Department of Politics and International Studies, University of Cambridge, United Kingdom

Dr. Mathias Dubbert, Director European Policy, EU Foreign Trade Promotion, Deutscher Industrie- und Handelskammertag / Association of German Chambers of Industry and Commerce Brussels

The discussion will be lead by Dr. Falk Ostermann, Assistant Professor for International Relations at the Justus Liebig-Universität Gießen

The event will be held in cooperation with the Landeszentrale für politische Bildung and will be held at the Institute Colloquium and within the framework of the

The discussion will be in English. Listeners are welcome!


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New publication


This book explores regionalism in the Southern African Development Community (SADC) and highlights the influence of the European Union (EU) as an extra-regional actor on the organization and integration process. The analysis is guided by theory and explains the emergence, institutional design and performance of SADC’s major integration projects in the issue areas of the economy, security and infrastructure. It provides in this way a profound assessment of the organization as a whole.

by Johannes Muntschick

Keynote and Panel Discussion

The Chair of International Politics, in collaboration with the Freunde der Mainzer Politikwissenschaft and the Jean Monnet Centre for Excellence „EU in Global Dialogue”, is happy to invite you to an upcoming Keynote and Panel Discussion of our series “Careers in International Relations and European Studies”.

On Wednesday, 5 July 2017, 5pm in the Alte Mensa Building, Bénédicte Charbonnier, State Chancellery of Rhineland-Palatinate, will give us some insights into “Working for Europe, working with Europe”. Ms. Charbonnier’s career has  led her inter alia to the Representation of Rhineland-Palatinate in Brussels as well as the State Chancellery in Mainz, where she is currently charged with coordinating the quatripartite partnership between Rhineland-Palatinate, Opole, Bourgogne-Franche-Comté and Bohemia. Her keynote will be followed by Q&A.

The event will be complemented by a Panel discussion on „Europe on the brink? Brexit, Refugees, Eurocrisis, Euroscepticism – Challenges for European Integration“.

Panelists: Bénédicte Charbonnier (State Chancellery), Dr. Joanna Kulska (University of Opole) and Prof. Dr. Daniel Stockemer (University of Ottawa).

The Panel will be chaired by PD Dr. habil. Wolfgang Muno.

We look forward to welcoming you!


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Lecture announcement

A lecture will be held in English from the series of lectures "Careers with International Relations and European Studies" organized by the Department of International Politics (GLK-Project on the Internationalization of Teaching) and the Friends of Mainz's Political Science.

More informations:vortrag

Monday,  November 28th, 16:00 Uhr,  Room 02-751 (GFG)

Speaker: Dr. Jan Ole Kiso “Publishing, investment banking and “turning green” in public administration:  the wonderful things you can do with a Ph.D. in Political Science and European Studies”

Jan Ole Kiso worked for Axel Springer Verlag Strategische Unternehmensplanung, the Tokyo -Mitsubishi Bank in London, at the UK Government Prime Ministers' Strategy Unit, for the UK Department of Energy & Climate Change, and now for the European Commission, DG Energy.

Listeners are welcome!

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information on the electronic exam

Dear students, the electronic exam ("E-Klausur") will be written on August 4, 2016 (Thursday) in the following room:

-1 131, Mikroskopiersaal, Anthropologie (Institute of Anthropology), 10-12 am.

There are two variants concerning the specialised lecture (Vertiefungsvorlesung):

(1) Politics of European Integration (WiSe 15/16)

(2) Policy-Making in the EU (WiSe 14/15)

And of course the introductory lecture ( Einführungsvorlesung) SuSe 2016.

Please arrive a few minutes earlier and wait outside Mikroskopiersaal.


The time available for writing the exam will be 90 minutes (45 minutes for MIEPP).

Please remember to bring the following documents to the exam:

  • "Studentenausweis",
  • identity card.

Best wishes,

Arne Niemann


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Invitation to the opening ceremony of the Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence “EU in Global Dialogue” (CEDI)

EU einladungThe Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence was selected for funding in July 2015 as part of a highly competitive selection process by the European Commission. Jean Monnet Centres of Excellence combine the expertise and skills of high-level experts and contribute to the development of synergies between the various disciplines and resources in the field of EU studies and the development of joint transnational activities and structural links.

The Jean Monnet Jean Monnet Centre is headed by Jean Monnet Professor Dr. Michèle Knodt (TU Darmstadt, Director) and Jean Monnet Professor Dr. Arne Niemann (JGU Mainz, Co-Director). Thus, the Centre will also contribute the strategic partnership between the TU Darmstadt and the JGU Mainz.

We look forward to your application until December 7, 2015 by e-mail to

Invitation to the opening ceremony (PDF)

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Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence goes to joint bid from TU Darmstadt and JGU Mainz

31 August 2015

The European Commission has awarded a Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence (JMCE) to a joint team of academics from the Technical University (TU) of Darmstadt and the Johannes Gutenberg University (JGU) of Mainz.

A JMCE is a focal point of competence and knowledge on European Union-related subjects, funded by the European Commission that aims at developing synergies between the various disciplines and resources in European studies, while ensuring openness to civil society.

During its three-year programme the new Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence will focus on research and teaching activities related to the “EU in Global Dialogue”. The research components that that build on core competencies of the JGU team include the external dimension of EU migration policy and regional integration in comparative perspective. As for teaching, the Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence will, among others, allow the University of Mainz to sustain and expand its innovative teaching in terms of EU simulations.

The new “Rhine-Main” JMCE is one of the few cross-institutional Jean Monnet Centres of Excellence. It will fill the general cooperation agreement between the TU Darmstadt and the JGU Mainz of 2014 with life.

The Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence will be led by Prof. Michele Knodt (TU Darmstadt) and Prof. Arne Niemann (JGU Mainz).


For further information at JGU Mainz, please contact:

Prof. Arne Niemann

Professor of International Politics

Jean Monnet Chair for European Integration Studies


Johannes Gutenberg University of Mainz

Department of Political Science

Jakob Welder-Weg 12

D-55128 Mainz / Germany


Tel.: +49 (0)6131-39-25486

Fax: +49 (0)6131-39-27109



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