The IAPSS Student Research Committee on EU Law and Politics gathers international students interested in European Union dynamics as well as its neighbourhood’s functional network. It aims to bring together students, researchers, practitioners within the field in order to discuss ideas, debate practical EU matters and come up with common projects and expertise which can be easily accessed. Among the current issues that we are currently focused on, we include: EU relations with the Middle Eastern region, Judicial Politics in the European Union, EU’s position towards contemporary challenges such climate change and refugee crisis and EU’s contribution to the international and domestic legislature.

Do not hesitate to contact us for further inquiries or possibilities for collaboration (e-mail: european.politics.src@gmail.com).


Felix De Caluwe, Interim Chair of the SRC

felix-de-caluweFelix, 24, studied his Bachelor of political science in Marburg and Berlin (Germany). Currently he is a graduate student of the Master of European Studies at KU Leuven (Belgium). His Bachelor-Thesis focused on the institutional development of the EU from a German perspective. The EU-German relations in the field of security and defense policy and the reciprocal influence of the development of these policies are the topic of his Master-thesis. On his way Felix did internships at the European Academy Berlin a small European think tank and educational center and the Leibniz-association, one of the biggest head organizations for independent research institutions in Germany. Alongside his engagement in IAPSS he is working with Polis180 a young, Berlin based grassroots-think tank focusing on EU politics and German foreign affairs.

Via a summer school in Kiev, organized by IAPSS, he became interested and wanted to be involved in IAPSS. His main areas of scientific interest are EU politics, especially in the areas of CFSP/CSDP, climate policy, institutional development and the European Neighborhood Policy (ENP) with a focus on the Eastern Partnership (EaP). Regionally speaking Felix’s emphasis lies on the post-soviet space and on transatlantic relations. Fully ‘understanding’ the EU, policy-coherence and social justice are additional corner stones of his interest. To develop and discuss new forms and ideas of European integration and envisioning leitmotifs for the EU to ‘shake off’ its everlasting crisis mode are what is driving Felix to engage himself in European affairs.

Panagiotis Samatas, Interim Vice-Chair of the SRC

Panagiotis SamatasPanagiotis (Panos), 24, received his bachelor’s degree (top 5% of his class) in European and International Studies from the Faculty of Political Science and Public Administration at the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens. His thesis focused on the political, economic and geopolitical impact of Arab Spring examining also the importance of the European Union’s contribution during these political changes. He has held internships at the Greek Ministry of Foreign Affairs and at the Institute of International Economic Relations, a think tank  based in Athens. Except of Greek (native language) he speaks English and Italian. His main areas of scientific interests are International Relations, Diplomacy, the dynamics of Common Foreign and Security Policy of the EU, the ENP policy and the significance of Political Islam on the transformation of the B-MENA region’s status quo.

Research areas/further research interest:

I intend to research the European Neighbourhood Policy and focus my analysis on the B-MENA region considering the period before and after the Arab Spring and also during the contemporary reality with the existence of ISIS. I am interested in writing a research paper in which I would examine the political efficiency of EU’s contribution, the success and failures of EU’s activity, the future uncertainty about democracy and economic stability in the area and also the uniqueness of the political Islam (moderate and radical) and on which way it delays or accelerates the democratic transition. My main aim is to create a critical approach on the ENP policy and the possibilities of the organisation to empower its stature on the area. I want to understand the complexity and the difficulties on the management of this new political era and to understand the challenges and the obligatory steps that the EU has to make in order to keep up with the continuing  developments.

Luigi Cino

Luigi CinoCurrently a PhD Candidate at Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna (Pisa), jointly with the Universities of Pisa, Florence and Siena, Luigi Cino holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science from the University of Florence and a Master’s Degree cum laude in International Relations from LUISS Guido Carli University of Rome. He completed two exchange semesters abroad, at the Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona (Spain) and in Morocco, at the Ecole de Gouvernance et d’Economie de Rabat. He later obtained a Master of Arts in European Interdisciplinary Studies at the College of Europe, Natolin Campus (Warsaw), and spent a period of traineeship at the “European Commission for Democracy through Law” (aka Venice Commission), at the Council of Europe in Strasbourg (France).

His main research interest is the European Union’s External Action towards Neighbouring Countries of North Africa, Middle East, Eastern Europe and South Caucasus, in particular concerning the process of Democracy Promotion. He contributes to the webzine AffarInternazionali of the Rome-based think-thank Istituto Affari Internazionali (IAI).

Constanza Ginestra

Constanza is a Political Scientist from Argentina. She graduated from Universidad Nacional de Rosario with a focus on Public Administration, and is currently pursuing a joint Master´s degree in Comparative Social Policy at Johannes Kepler University of Linz (Austria) and Tampere University (Finland). Constanza has experience working as a professional assistant at the Government of Santa Fe (Argentina) and at the Prefeitura de Porto Alegre (Brazil). She also collaborated with several non-governmental organisations such as AIESEC and the Election Observatory of the Universidad de La Plata (Argentina) as observer during Argentinian presidential elections. Her main interests are social public policies, welfare, gender equality, electoral processes and human rights.

Jessica Klemeier

Jessica (25) received her BA in International Politics and History from the Jacobs University Bremen, Germany. As part of her Jessica Klemeierstudies, she completed an internship at the German Embassy in Riga, Latvia, where she became interested in the topic of Baltic Germans. Therefore, her Bachelor thesis focused on the experiences of Baltic Germans and their integrating process arriving in Germany in the first years following World War II. Currently, Jessica is a graduate student at the University of Bologna in Italy where she studies International Relations with a focus on European Affairs. The topic of her Master thesis deals with the impact of Euroscepticism and the Brexit vote in the 2017 elections in France and the Netherlands, two of the founding member of the EU.

Research areas/further research interest:

Further research topics and interest include European values and European identity, European integration in a post-Brexit world, and EU and migration. The European Union has simultaneously been fighting different crises over the last years. For Jessica, a credible, unified and understandable EU is crucial not only a player in international politics but especially for its own citizens. Therefore, it is her aim to explore the root causes for the mistrust in the European institutions and developing ideas to change these causes.


Andreea C. Apostol

Andreea C. ApostolAndreea was born in Romania and studied International Relations at Danubius University of Galati and Kadir Has University of Istanbul. Her research areas include: Turkish Foreign Policy, Black Sea regional relations, East Europe’s current dynamics and post-communist development.

Her previous professional practice includes: Kadir Has University of Istanbul, Friedrich Naumann Foundation (Turkey), Transparency International Bucharest branch, C.A.E.S.A.R. Foundation in Bucharest, Centre for Turkey Studies and Research Turkey, both London based, Journalists and Writers Foundation in Turkey (organisation with ECOSOC consultative status), OneEurope, European Student Think Tank and Centre for International and European Studies in Turkey.  She was nominated among the Top 5 Erasmus Students of the Year in Romania (2013-2014 academic year) and she was 2015’s Honorary Citizen in Galati.