Research group at imec & Vrije Universiteit Brussel

Stergios Fotopoulos


Personal Description

I am intrigued by the notion of Public Sphere, the theories of Democracy, and the process of European integration. My present research focuses on the Spitzenkandidat process, the politicisation of the EU, and the European Public Sphere. I am passionate about the ongoing discussion on the Future of Europe, European politics, and citizens’ participation in the EU decision-making.

I hold a bachelor’s degree in Media and Communication studies from the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, a master’s degree in European studies from the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven and a master’s degree in Communication studies from the Vrije Universiteit Brussels. I am currently finishing my Ph.D. at the Vrije Universiteit Brussels, while I am working as information and communication agent at the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Communication.

Key Publications

  • Personalisation & public spheres
    Fotopoulos, S., & Morganti, L. (2021). Does personalisation further Europeanise national public spheres? The Spitzenkandidat process in the 2014 and 2019 European parliamentary elections. European Politics and Society, 1-22.
    Open publication

  • The Influence of the Spitzenkandidat Process
    Fotopoulos, S., & Morganti, L. (2020). The Influence of the Spitzenkandidat Process on the Role of the European Political Parties. L'Europe en Formation, (1), 17-34.
    Open publication

  • The Spitzenkandidat process & the quality of the EU’s democracy
    Fotopoulos, S. (2019). What sort of changes did the Spitzenkandidat process bring to the quality of the EU’s democracy?. European View, 18(2), 194-202.
    Open publication

  • European Elections and Commission Presidency 2014
    Fotopoulos, S., & Fotopoulos, N. (2015). European Elections and Commission Presidency 2014: The “Americanization” of the Electoral Campaigns and the Role of the Two Major Political Parties. 9, 2, p. 46-61 15 p.
    Open publication