Wolfgang Wessels holds an MA in Economic and Political Science (1973) and a PhD in Political Science from the University of Cologne (1979). He received the Venia legendi in Political Science from the University of Bonn in 1990. Since summer 1994, he is the chair of the Jean Monnet Chair for Political Science at the University of Cologne and, since 2011, honored ad personam. In 2011, he was awarded the Lifetime Achievement in Contemporary European Studies by the University Association for Contemporary European Studies (UACES). In 2015, he was awarded the “Universitätspreis Forschung“ by the University of Cologne for his excellence in research.
Wessels is co-editor of the Jahrbuch der Europäischen Union (34th Edition) and Europa von A-Z, Taschenbuch der europäischen Integration (14th Edition) and has published widely in leading journals and edited volumes. He is involved in several research and teaching networks such as THESEUS, PADEMIA, and OPAL. He is the Chairperson of the Executive Board of the Institut für Europäische Politik (IEP, Berlin) and of the Executive Board of the Trans European Policy Studies Association (TEPSA, Brussels). Since 2010, he is vice president of the German consortium for the foundation of the Turkish-German University, Istanbul. Since 1981, he is Visiting Professor at the College of Europe, Brugge and Natolin.
Narratives Matter: In Search of a Partnership Strategy
2019 Mercator-IPC Senior Fellow Wolfgang Wessels’ policy brief “Narratives Matter: In Search of a Partnership Strategy” was published in April 2020.
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Problems and Prospects for EU-Germany-Turkey Relations under New EU Leadership
The Initiative organized the meeting “Problems and Prospects for EU-Germany-Turkey Relations under New EU Leadership” on December 3, 2019 at the Galata Hotel by SOFITEL with the participation of Visiting Senior Fellow Wolfgang Wessels as the keynote speaker, Senior Fellow Atila Eralp as the discussant, and Senior Scholar and Research and Academic Affairs Coordinator Senem Aydın-Düzgit as the chair.
EU-Turkey Relations: State of Play and Future Perspectives
The Initiative organized the meeting “EU-Turkey Relations: State of Play and Future Perspectives” on October 15, 2019 at the German Embassy in Ankara with the participation of Fuat Keyman, Visiting Senior Fellow Wolfgang Wessels, and German Ambassador to Turkey Martin Erdmann.