Dr. Annegret Eppler is a lawyer and a political scientist (she studied in Tübingen, Germany, and Leuven, Belgium). From 2004 to 2007, she acted as the Scientific Coordinator of the European Centre for Research on Federalism Tübingen. Thereafter she worked from 2007 to 2010 as a research fellow in the section "Comparative Politics and European Integration" of the Institute for Political Science at the University of Tübingen, where she gained her PhD in 2010 with a thesis on the EU's influence on the federalism reform in Germany in various policy fields (e.g. environmental policy). From 2010 to 2013 she worked as post-doc research fellow at the Institute for Political Science at the University of Tübingen. Her research focuses on issues of transnational and supranational legitimacy, democracy, and parliaments in the EU system, in particular inter-parliamentary relations of parliaments in the EU multi-level parliamentary system. Current research concentrates on the theoretical conceptualization of European disintegration, the analysis of the conditions of European integration and disintegration, legitimacy and parliaments in the EU as well as comparative federalism research.