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Michael Kaeding
Michael Kaeding
2020/21 Mercator-IPC Fellow

Michael Kaeding has been a professor of European Integration and European Union Politics in the Department of Political Science at the University of Duisburg-Essen, Germany, since 2012. He holds an ad personam Jean Monnet Chair. Currently, he is also Vice-Dean for Research and Young Academics in the Faculty for Social Sciences at the University of Duisburg-Essen, Visiting Fellow at the European Institute of Public Administration (EIPA) in Maastricht, member of the Flying Faculty of the College of Europe and the German-Turkish University in Istanbul, Honorary Board Member of TEPSA (Trans European Policy Association, previous Chairman from 2016–2019), member of the Executive Board of European Integration Working Group (Arbeitskreis Europäische Integration)  and member of the Scientific Directorate of the Institute of European Politics (IEP) in Berlin. He is a Fulbright alumnus and a former Carl Schurz Visiting Professor at the University of Madison, Wisconsin (USA). Kaeding’s work aims to contribute to a better understanding—both critical and constructive—of the process of European integration, EU policy-making, and its impact on member states and third countries.

Project: “Turkey’s (Enhanced) Engagement in EU Agencies: A Potential Membership Substitute Mechanism in a Differentiated European Union”

There are currently 48 EU agencies, located in over 22 EU member states. More than ever, EU agencies stand for solutions to European problems and as promoters of European integration. A mostly neglected feature of EU agencies is the growing involvement of third countries in EU agencies as a form of external differentiated European integration. Currently, Turkey fully participates in only two out of 34 powerful, decentralized, regulatory EU agencies: the European Environment Agency (EEA) and the European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction (EMCDDA). Since no uniform rule exists concerning the systematic involvement of third countries in EU agencies, this project addresses the following question: In which policy areas and under what conditions could Turkey’s (enhanced) involvement in EU agencies be used as an EU membership substitute mechanism and, thereby, as a form of external differentiation? This project will explore the dynamic and flexible nature of cooperation through EU agencies as a potential valuable asset for Turkey and the EU given the often long and uncertain road to EU membership amid prolonged enlargement fatigue across EU member states.

"Nasıl bir Dünya? Nasıl bir Türkiye?" with Senem Aydın-Düzgit & Michael Kaeding

Turkey-EU Relations: the EU Summit and Beyond

Welcoming of the 2020/21 Mercator-IPC Fellows

We welcome our 2020/21 Mercator-IPC Fellows Ahmet Atıl Aşıcı, David Samuel Williams, Elena Dück, Jan Schierkolk, Karolína Augustová, Michael Kaeding and Özge Geyik.

Ahmet Atıl Aşıcı | The "Green New Deal for Turkey" to Tackle The Climate Crisis

David Samuel Williams | How National Adaptation Plans Can Address and Consider Vulnerable Communities

Elena Dück | International Cooperation in Education: A Cornerstone of Sustainable Foreign Policy

Jan Schierkolk | Promoting Civic Participation in EU-Turkish Municipal Cooperation

Karolína Augustová | Violent Impacts of EU's Externalization Politics on Refugees' Everyday Mobility in Turkey

Michael Kaeding | Turkey’s (Enhanced) Engagement in EU Agencies: A Potential Membership Substitute Mechanism in a Differentiated European Union

Özge Geyik | Climate Change and Nutritional Sustainability: Aligning Climate Change, Food Production and Public Health Nutrition Targets

The Welcoming of the 2020/21 Mercator-IPC Fellows

The Welcoming of the 2020/21 Mercator-IPC Fellows was held on October 19 at The Seed. The event began with welcoming remarks by Yusuf Leblebici, followed by remarks from Fuat Keyman and Michael Schwarz. The event continued with a speech by Mercator-IPC Visiting Senior Fellow Pankaj Mishra and a Q&A section moderated by Senior Scholar Senem Aydın-Düzgit. The speech was followed by a movie screening that introduced the 2020/21 Mercator-IPC Fellows Ahmet Atıl Aşıcı, David Samuel Williams, Elena Dück, Jan Schierkolk, Karolína Augustová, Michael Kaeding, and Özge Geyik. 

Please click here to watch the broadcast.

Please click here to watch the speech by Mercator-IPC Visiting Senior Fellow Pankaj Mishra and a Q&A section moderated by Senior Fellow Senem Aydın-Düzgit.