Open Europe Berlin

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Open Europe Berlin
founded in the year 2012
City Berlin
Country Germany
Legal form gGmbH
address Oranienburger Straße 27, 10117 Berlin
type of institution Think Tank
Virtual Networks A "Virtual Network" is a group of Think Tanks identified by certain semantic and normative (ideological) commonalities (e.g. climate change scepticism). Such a virtual network constitutes a research field that differs from the study of formal networks. Formal networks are real in the sense of officially acknowledged and immediately open to empirical validation. Virtual networks on the other hand display shared ideas. Social network analysis tools can be applied to find out if or to what extent virtual networks are real networks that display linkages (membership in networks, personnel, resources etc.). Unconnected think tanks in turn can be considered special cases in need of explanation independent from network structures (unless we have to assume invisible, hidden or covered ties). Neue Rechte, Austerity politics
Last revision 1.06.2017
Output of Open Europe Berlin 2023
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Books, Peer reviewed pubs., Studies, Articles, Policy papers, Op-eds, Newspaper articles, Blogs, Periodicals, Podcasts (audio), Podcasts (video), Conferences, Seminars/workshops, Lecturers/talks, Briefings, Others, </pbars>

Presence of Think Tank affiliates in the various fieldsWe try to capture where people affiliated with a Think Tank - affiliates are employees, members of the advisory and supervisory board etc. - are present: if they write in the media, teach in universities or work for another Think Tank. The chart down below shows in which fields the affiliates are present. Every presence is counted once.
People n = 17
Presences n = 27
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Kind of activities of Think Tank affiliatesWe try to capture where people affiliated with a Think Tank - affiliates are employees, members of the advisory and supervisory board etc. - are present: if they write in the media, teach in universities or work for another Think Tank. The chart down below shows which kind of activities the affiliates conduct. Every presence is counted once.
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Author,6 Leader (CEO etc.),4 Consultant,4 Editor,0 Interviewee,3 Member,9 Participant,0 Lecturer,0 Employee,1 </pPie>

The following coordinate was not recognized: 52.523558;13.394519.The following coordinate was not recognized: 52.523558;13.394519. This think tank claims independence from Open Europe London and Open Europe Brussels. It is an ordo-liberal institution, staffed by a number of academics and with some support in the German academic community of economists.

Organizational Structure and Funding


Oranienburger Straße 27, 10117 Berlin


Executive board

People leading the Think Tank in the day to day business (CEOs, directorates etc.).


People working for the Think Tank (Fellows etc.). This includes also part-time employees.

Advisory board

People advising the Think Tank (mainly in scientific questions)


People or legal entities that either support the Think Tank with their reputation or with their money.

Working mode, goals

It produces reports, organises events and seeks to partake in public discussions. It promotes free trade, is against 'over-regulation', castigates the waste of public monies, argues for monetary stability, and "European Ordnungspolitik rather than interventionism'. It is also an opponent of structural reform over a e.g. Eurobonds. Lastly, it bemoans growing EU centralism which threatens responsible behaviour of EU states, freedom, democracy and diversity. The think tank says it wants to 'implement the foundations of a market economy based on Ordnungspolitik in Europe'.


We used the DGs of the EU to generate a basic list of topics. This list is going to be steadily extended. However we try to preserve a persistent list of topics.

  • Euro
  • European Integration
  • EU
  • economic policy
  • Competition
  • globalisation

Semantic Fields

What we call here a semantic field is the idea to categorize think tanks in a two level system. The first levels are so called 'Virtual Networks' and the second are the semantic fields. Accordingly every semantic field entered here has to be attached to a virtual network. If you would like to follow a special phenomenon among think tanks please contact us and we are going to add a new virtual network. Semantic fields are topics that promote a virtual network. Lets take climate change as an example: 'climate change skeptics' is the virtual network and 'adaption instead of mitigation' would be one possible semantic field.

  • Tax Reduction (Austerity Politics): a high tax rate hinders economic growth even if the correlation is weaker than as stated by Reinhard & Rogoff[1]


ad »Austerität in Europa«: the study sees mixed evidence for the pervasiveness of fiscal austerity in the EU; austerity is not a all encompassing and dominant paradigm (a often used counter argument to criticisms of austerity: there is not austerity, where you criticize it); high taxes hinder economic growth albeit the correlation is not as strong as assumed by Reinhard and Rogoff; in the past austerity politics was mostly successful.