Munich European Forum (MEF) is a non-profit association dedicated to the political and academic education of students and young professionals. Since our foundation 25 years ago, the association has created a large network of members and alumni from all walks of life who are active in private organisations, think tanks and political institutions.
Established in Munich in 1994, our bedrock of values – cooperation, tolerance, inclusiveness – cemented the trust between members and provided excellent opportunities for networking.
The European Blog
This project is meant to give a stage for participants and alumni of Brussels European Forum, as well as for the members of our association to discuss current topics in international politics.
Each month on the fifteenth day we publish a new article under the “Monthly mind” section that aims to capture the latest global trends and look beyond the surface, all while making highly political or scientific topics more easily accessible to people interested in them.
Since its launch in 2015, the European Blog has published over 30 essays and analyses on topics as European politics, economy, security, elections and others.
The Editorial team
Carmen Murgu has been the Vice President of the Munich European Forum since 2019.
She joined the association in 2017, after participating in the Brussels European Forum for the first time that year.
During the two ensuing BEFs she chaired the Foreign Affairs Council.
She currently is pursuing an MA in European Studies at the Europa-University in Flensburg, Germany.
Before that, she graduated from a B.A. in Security Studies at the Babeș-Bolyai University of Cluj-Napoca in Romania.
Her main professional and academic interests revolve around European foreign policy, with a focus on the Neighbourhood Partnership and EU-Latin America relations.
She is the co-editor for the MEF blog and co-edits the Publications Portfolio for European Horizons, a global, student-led policy incubator focus on European Affairs and Translantatic relations.
Franziska Spindler has been an Assessor for the Munich European Forum since 2019.
She joined the association in 2018, after participating in the Brussels European Forum for the first time that year. During the BEF 2019, she chaired the Global Media Committee.
She is currently in her first year of her master’s studies in Political Science at the Ludwig-Maximilians-University in Munich, Germany. Her focus lies on International Relations, European Studies and Policy Analysis. She also obtained her B.A. in Political Science from the same university.
Franziska is also the co-editor of the MEF blog. She previously worked at a German NGO which helps integrating young refugees into society and coordinated the NGO’s teams for political education all across Germany and taken part in several programs about Security Politics around Europe.
Her personal interests include feminism, politics and especially the socio-cultural background of pop-culture such as music, video games or art.
The Brussels European Forum (BEF)
By bringing together students and young professionals from all around the world, our conference promotes international understanding and offers a unique networking opportunity.
A week full of negotiations and debates on current political issues gives our participants a deep understanding of international decision-making processes within the EU, G-20 and NATO. The presence of an advocacy group and of a media team bring an additional sense of realism and accountability.
The program includes a visit to the NATO Headquarters and EU institutions in Brussels, where our participants attend briefings with experts and decision makers there.
By combining simulation sessions with reality checks, we offer a unique and rewarding learning experience.
Our experienced staff and the Academic Council of the association guarantee a high-quality and realistic conference, as well as a great learning experience, whether you are a student or in the early stages of your career.