In the last decades, the dynamic process of European Integration has not only confronted political science with several new empirical objects of investigation, but also with great theoretical and methodological challenges. The political science concepts and methods which were developed in the context of national political systems do not suffice to analyze and explain the new developments. Especially the transnational and transregional phenomena following below require a rethinking of classical terms, often coined in the light of specific understanding of national sovereignty, and the development of new research methods to analyze transnational processes. Research activities at the Center for European Integration focus on the following aspects:
Due to its relevance for regional, national, and international processes, politics, and institutions, processes of European Integration enjoy increasing public and scholarly attention. The Jean Monnet Chair and the Center for European Integration at the Otto-Suhr-Institute of Political Science of the Freie Universität Berlin and the Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence "The EU and its Citizens" focus their research and teaching activities on the study of this expanding field.