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 August 25, 2015
    The Autumn of Our Discontent?

    Between now and the end of 2015, a number of fundamental crises will combine to push the capacity for European policymaking to its limits.

  • Strategic Europe July 14, 2015
    The Euro Shows the Way for the EU

    Europeans must save the euro and, more importantly, draw the consequences of the current crisis. That means preparing for political union.

  • Merkel
    Op-Ed Berlin Policy Journal July 13, 2015
    Political Union Now!

    To survive, the European project will need to change. The European Union needs more integration, and German Chancellor Angela Merkel must lead the way.

  • Strategic Europe June 23, 2015
    The Economic Great Game for Peace in Eastern Europe

    Whatever new geopolitical order emerges between the EU, Ukraine, and Russia, will rest on a joint understanding about the economic relationship between the three.

  • Strategic Europe June 16, 2015
    Drowning Boat People and the Nervous Breakdown of EU Politics

    The Mediterranean refugee crisis is just a part of a comprehensive public policy failure by the EU and its member states in the field of migration.

  • Strategic Europe April 21, 2015
    The European Strategy Ingredient List

    Ten key qualities the EU needs to make its foreign policy strategic.

  • Strategic Europe March 19, 2015 Русский
    The Steinmeier Review of German Foreign Policy

    The German foreign minister has launched a valuable review of his country’s foreign policy. The project should lead to a new culture of strategic thinking in Germany.

  • Strategic Europe March 10, 2015 Русский
    The Illusion of an Independent EU Army

    Despite recent calls for an EU army, Europeans should be under no illusions that they are and will remain dependent on the United States for their defense.

  • Strategic Europe February 24, 2015
    Why Ukraine Was No Game Changer—So Far

    Far from altering Europe’s geopolitical landscape, the Ukraine crisis has only reconfirmed the continent’s old order.

  • Strategic Europe February 17, 2015
    Exit America, Europe’s Trust Engine?

    The United States succeeded as Europe’s benevolent hegemon because it was able to pacify rivaling European states and instill mutual trust in them. That role is still needed.

  • 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.

  • 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?

  • March 2, 2015 Vienna
    The European Neighborhood Policy: Which Way Forward?

    Ten years after its launch, it is time to rethink the European Neighborhood Policy. There is a need for greater differentiation and for more nimble and flexible instruments.

  • Ukraine
    February 10, 2015 UK Permanent Representation to the EU
    Crisis in Ukraine, One Year On

    After a serious escalation of violence in eastern Ukraine, EU policymakers are weighing up the possibility of expanding sanctions against Russia. Is that the right approach?

  • Napoleon
    January 20, 2015 Brussels
    The Battle of Waterloo, Two Hundred Years Later

    Two centuries ago, the Battle of Waterloo was more than just an allied victory over Napoleon’s French army—it marked the start of almost fifty years of peace in Europe.

  • December 9, 2014 Brussels
    Trade and Energy Governance

    The world’s energy system looks very different today than in the fifty years following the second World War.

  • Russia
    November 27, 2014 Brussels
    EU-Russia Relations: Now in Permanent Crisis?

    The cooling of relations between Russia and the West has been the most important geopolitical event of 2014 for Europe. So what are the prospects for Western-Russian ties in 2015?

  • European Union
    November 20, 2014 Brussels, Silken Berlaymont Brussels Hotel
    A New Ambition for Europe

    With a new EU foreign policy high representative coming into office, it is high time for the EU to become the strategic actor it has set out to be.

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