Valentin Kreilinger

MSc Politics and Government in the European Union, 2011
Research Fellow EU Politics and Institutions, Notre Europe-Jacques Delors Institute

After having completed my MSc Politics and Government in the European Union, I decided not to go back to my home country, nor to stay in London, but to go to Paris in order to start a traineeship at Notre Europe, the think tank founded by Jacques Delors.

Before moving to Paris I spent six weeks in Brussels in order to refresh my French and to participate in a Professional Skills Seminar for researchers in an early stage of their career in research and policy advice. 

At Notre Europe-Jacques Delors Institute I now work as a “Research Fellow EU Politics and Institutions” – could one imagine a position that is semantically closer to “Politics and Government in the European Union”? 

The negotiations on the Treaty on Stability, Coordination and Governance (TSCG) in December 2011 and January 2012 were the ideal moment to examine in reality what I have learned about intergovernmental bargaining: I could write and publish a Policy Brief with the title “The making of a new treaty: Six rounds of political bargaining” in which I analysed the different drafts of the treaty that had been leaked. The treaty also showed that there was no “constitutional settlement” in the European Union. When I decided to study at the LSE, I had the objective to work at a think tank afterwards, but I did not imagine that I would coordinate large EU-wide projects two years later.

In my Master’s degree I acquired the skills to analyse Legislative Politics in the European Parliament. Now, in the run-up to the European Parliament elections in May 2014, Notre Europe-Jacques Delors Institute has joined forces with VoteWatch Europe and mobilised nearly 20 national think tanks to write analyses of a set of 15 key votes that shaped EU and national politics between 2009 and 2014.

Looking back, this very specialised degree at the European Institute gave me the opportunity to study exclusively what had already been my specific field of interest – and thus the MSc Politics and Government in the European Union proved extremely valuable for starting to work at a truly European think-tank with the EU as the focus of its activities.