Germany, Genshagen (close to Berlin)

8th Genshagen Trilateral Summer School 2019: The EU and Its Neighbours– Enlargement and Neighbourhood Policies in Times of Uncertainty

when 19 August 2019 - 28 August 2019
language English
duration 2 weeks
fee EUR 300


Since 2012, the Genshagen Trilateral Summer School brings together 24 students from German, French, and Polish universities at beautiful castle Genshagen close to Berlin to discuss a topic of European relevance.
Through lectures held by scholars with specific expertise, the Summer School provides in depth-knowledge on various sub-topics of the overall theme. In afternoon workshops, which build thematically on the respective morning lectures and are supervised and monitored by the lecturers, students have the opportunity to practically apply their knowledge and to gain further insights into the topic. The Summer School programme is completed by a cultural and a study trip to Berlin as well as informal meetings with practitioners from business, government or NGOs in our so-called ‘fireside lounge’ format.
Topics discussed in the past Summer School editions have been EU energy policy, EU external relations, the EU’s role in the Middle East conflict, EU security and defence policy, EU migration and refugee policy, the role of cities in the EU multi-level governance system and rising divisions within the EU.


The EU pursues a very ambitious agenda towards its neighbours to its east and south. Not only does it strive to entertain close and peaceful relations with surrounding countries; it also aspires to foster stability, security and prosperity, and promote core liberal norms and values beyond its borders. At the same time, the question arises whether the multiple crises currently facing the EU from within restrain its ambition and ability to act in its vicinity. The Summer School asks to which extent the EU‘s aspirations in its neighbourhood have materialized in practice so far.
Beyond a thorough assessment of current dynamics in the EU’s enlargement and neighbourhood policies, the Summer School seeks to explore what future relations between the EU and its neighbours will look like, and which factors will shape these relations. After providing a comprehensive picture of the EU’s horizontal policies and strategies, lectures will delve into different regional contexts and examine EU policies towards the Western Balkans, Eastern Partnership countries and the Southern Neighbourhood in more detail. In line with the trilateral approach of our Summer School, special attention will be dedicated to diverging perceptions of and priorities for the EU’s neighbourhood from a French, German and Polish perspective.

Course leader

Theresia Töglhofer
Sandra Krause

Target group

Students in a Master's program and PhD students

Credits info

Depending on your Home University, you may receive credits or a participant certificate - please contact your University for information.

Fee info

EUR 300: The tuition fee is 300 € per participant. This covers all costs related to your stay in Genshagen: a shared double room at the castle and all meals are included. Unfortunately, we cannot cover your trip from your hometown to Genshagen and back. Please organise your travel by yourself!


Depending on your Home University, it may cover (parts of) your costs - please contact your University for information.