Jan Techau

Carnegie Europe
Techau is the director of Carnegie Europe, the European center of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. Techau works on EU integration and foreign policy, transatlantic affairs, and German foreign and security policy.


MA, Christian-Albrechts University, Kiel 
Exchange Fellowship, Pennsylvania State University 


English; German


Jan Techau is the director of Carnegie Europe, the European think tank of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. Techau works on EU integration and foreign policy, transatlantic affairs, and German foreign and security policy.

Before joining Carnegie in March 2011, Techau served in the NATO Defense College’s Research Division from February 2010 until February 2011. He was director of the Alfred von Oppenheim Center for European Policy Studies at the German Council on Foreign Relations in Berlin between 2006 and 2010, and from 2001 to 2006 he served at the German Ministry of Defense’s Press and Information Department.

Techau is an associate scholar at the Center for European Policy Analysis and an associate fellow at both the German Council on Foreign Relations and the American Institute for Contemporary German Studies. He is a regular contributor to German and international news media and writes a weekly column for Judy Dempsey’s Strategic Europe blog.

  • Strategic Europe June 14, 2016
    Refugees Will not Sink the EU, but the Euro Might

    There is nothing particularly existential about the refugee crisis. The real threat to the EU remains the unreformed eurozone.

  • economy
    Strategic Europe May 3, 2016
    A World in Which Only Three Things Matter?

    The pace and complexity of international politics has become truly dizzying. Is it possible to boil the world’s priorities down to just three big issues?

  • Podcast April 22, 2016
    China’s Relations with a Strategic Europe

    Projecting a cohesive foreign policy is a key challenge facing the European Union, and its dealings with China are no exception.

  • Strategic Europe April 19, 2016
    The Fundamental Flaws of Brexit Backers

    Campaigners who want Britain to leave the European Union misunderstand the basic mechanics of globalization.

  • Tatcher
    Op-Ed Financial Times April 19, 2016
    Sophisticated States Are Failing

    If mainstream politicians do not start taking greater risks, less savory figures will take their place.

  • Strategic Europe April 5, 2016
    The Forgotten Robustness of Détente

    Dealing with Russia requires not only a soft approach based on trust and common ground. It also needs dialogue and cooperation underpinned by Western strength.

  • Strategic Europe April 1, 2016
    Ostpolitik on Steroids, or: The EU as an Ever-Grosser Union

    On April 1, news breaks that an emergency EU-Russia summit will be held in Belarus on the day of a critical Dutch referendum on Ukraine.

  • Strategic Europe February 23, 2016
    Nationalism Destroys Europe—or Does It?

    Instead of dismissing the nation as a thing of the past, Europe needs to learn from it and emulate its ability to create solidarity.

  • Strategic Europe February 13, 2016
    A Struggle for World Order and a Russian Tragedy

    Despite German attempts to put the refugee crisis at the heart of debates at the 2016 Munich Security Conference, the issue that tops all others is Syria.

  • Strategic Europe February 12, 2016
    American Absence and Franco-German Divides

    The first day of the 2016 Munich Security Conference was marked by little mention of the United States and by sharp differences between France and Germany.

  • Brexit
    Euronews June 24, 2016
    The Impact of Brexit Cannot Be Underestimated

    Will the decision to leave the EU hurt Britain more than Brussels?

  • ISIS
    Bloomberg November 24, 2015
    Hollande Presses EU Member States for IS Coalition

    While French President François Hollande calls for cooperation among EU member states against the so-called Islamic State, Brussels remains on lockdown against the threat of a possible attack.

  • European Parliament
    Euronews January 9, 2014
    “Revolutionary Political Reform” Needed as European Union Faces Crucial Year

    2014 will be a decisive year for Europe’s future. What the EU needs is a revolutionary political reform that can bring European citizens back on board.

  • European Union
    EU Watcher November 26, 2013
    We Are No Longer the Coolest Dudes on the Planet

    Since the Berlin Wall fell, Europe has been battling to keep the twentieth-century continent alive in the twenty-first. In years to come, the EU will have to make some big decisions.

  • Polskie Radio June 17, 2013
    Does the Eurozone Have a Future?

    Although there is still great concern for the eurozone, the discourse has moved from predicting an immediate downfall a year ago to discussing the necessity of economic reform in the continent.

  • Voice of Russia November 21, 2012
    Is UK Heading for Divorce With the EU?

    The EU budget approval summit may be one of the EU’s most bitter fights in years, but there are far more complex and deeply hidden issues on which EU members cannot agree.

  • China Radio International July 4, 2012
    The Future of Euro Still Faces Great Uncertainties

    With the Greek election handing power to a pro-bailout party and EU leaders agreeing to directly extend 100 billion euros in bailout funds to Spanish banks, the eurozone has been granted some much needed respite. But a solution to the crisis remains elusive.

  • EU
    Voice of Russia June 29, 2012
    More Integration to Fight EU's Feebleness

    Europeans have to decide whether they want more integration, which would include a common currency and economic space and the political union that needs to come with that, or national sovereignty.

  • Norway
    April 20, 2016 Norway House
    EU Global Strategy: A Northern Perspective

    From a détente with Russia to a stronger NATO to international cooperation in the High North, where do Norway’s and the EU’s priorities converge?

  • March 21, 2016 Beijing
    Maturing China-EU Engagement: Opportunities and Challenges

    Since China and the EU celebrated forty years of diplomatic ties last year, many of their latest overtures have focused on upgrading investment and trade cooperation.

  • Ukraine
    December 8, 2015 Carnegie Europe
    Reforming Ukraine: The EU, Ukraine’s Constitution, and Democratic Reform

    Ukraine faces monumental challenges as it strives to build a transparent and accountable system of governance. How can the EU support the country’s constitutional reform and democratic institution building?

  • December 7, 2015 Carnegie Europe
    Should the EU Support Non-Western Democracy?

    Calls for different forms of democracy are becoming more prominent and widespread. Yet, it remains unclear what such models should look like.

  • Event
    October 6, 2015 Carnegie Europe
    Monitoring Reform in Ukraine

    A year and a half after the Euromaidan protests and the fall of Viktor Yanukovych’s government, is Ukraine on the right reform path?

  • event
    September 17, 2015 Carnegie Europe
    The Cost of European Security

    As a security vacuum in Europe grows, a wider, strategic question remains unanswered: Who is responsible for keeping Europe safe and free, and at what cost?

  • July 8, 2015 Carnegie Europe
    Bridging the Gaps in EU Foreign Policy

    Six years after the Lisbon Treaty, there are still major gaps between the EU member states and the institutions on how to shape a strategic foreign policy for the union.

  • Ministers
    April 28, 2015 Brussels
    Can Prime Ministers Do Foreign Policy?

    European leaders should boost the foreign policy role of the European Council and the EU’s other institutions—but will they?

  • Corruption
    April 27, 2015 Brussels
    How Corruption Breeds Global Instability

    The world seems to be on fire—the spread of the Islamic State, the endurance of Boko Haram, the East-West standoff in Ukraine. Is corruption the thread tying these events together?

  • © Carnegie Europe
    March 16, 2015 Silken Berlaymont Brussels Hotel, Brussels German
    Germany: Looking Beyond Its Borders

    Frank-Walter Steinmeier has announced that Germany is ready to step up its foreign policy ambitions. What does the future hold for the country’s external relations?

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