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The Study Committee on French-German Relations (Cerfa)

The Study Committee on French-German Relations (Cerfa) was founded by an intergovernmental treaty between the Federal Republic of Germany and the French Republic in 1954. It has analyzed relations between the two countries for over 60 years. The Cerfa engages in a wide range of activities. It promotes the French-German debate and policy-oriented research through conferences and seminars that bring together experts, policy-makers, decision-makers and civil society representatives of both countries.

The Cerfa publishes regularly books reflecting on the current state of French-German relations and two research note series – Notes du Cerfa and Visions franco-allemandes – that target primarily French decision-makers, with the aim of elucidating political, economic and social evolutions in contemporary Germany, and closely following current developments in French-German relations

The Cerfa maintains close relations with the network of German foundations and think-tanks, including the Konrad Adenauer Foundation, Friedrich Ebert Foundation, German Council on Foreign Relations (DGAP), Genshagen Foundation, French-German Institute (DFI), and German Institute for International and Security Affairs (SWP)

The Cerfa contributes actively to the emergence of a new French-German generation, most notably through French-German Future Dialogue.

Hans STARK

Secretary general of the Study Committee for Franco-German Relations (Cerfa)

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Katja BORCK

Project Manager, Study Committee on French-German Relations (Cerfa) at Ifri

Dialogue d'avenir Nantes 2017
If Europe is unable to advance without the French-German engine, the European crises have demonstrated that the relationship between France and Germany cannot be considered as an immutable achievement – it has to be constantly maintained and enriched. A new generation, succeeding the post-war one...
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In 2014 the Cerfa launched a publication project, Germany Facing Globalization: The challenges of a country in flux, under the direction of Hans Stark and Nele Wissmann. ...
02/11/2017

In the week following Trump’s election, Ifri published a study to identify the likely changes in U.S. foreign policy. From the outset, this election appeared as a change in the U.S.’ trajectory, with consequences on the power relations and functioning of the international system.

02/11/2017

According to realist premises, the United States has an interest in remaining the world's only superpower, thus creating the need to manage and maintain unipolarity. The pursuit of this grand strategy, however, required the U.S. to adapt its various strategies to individual states. Poland,...

14/06/2017
By: Anne SALLES

The decision of German Chancellor Angela Merkel to welcome over one million refugees in the years 2015 and 2016 had been interpreted by some to be a strategic choice to cope with the demographic problems that Germany is facing: the expected decline in the population, especially in its work...

31/03/2017

France’s current presidential campaign has created an unprecedented situation fuelled by revelations and a total absence of restraint, but it has not truly taken account of the disruptions of the last year: Brexit, the attempted coup in Turkey, the election of Donald Trump, the recapturing of...

24/02/2017
By: Brigitte LESTRADE

Germany introduced a minimum wage on January 1st, 2015 – a first in a country that had hitherto left it to the social partners to agree on salaries. This introduction came after vivid debates between those who fought against ever deeper inequalities and those who defended the nation...

27
Sep
2017
Wednesday 27 September 2017
from 09:00 to 11:00 - Ifri Conferences

The Study Committee on French-German relations (Cerfa) will be analysing the German general elections held on Septembre 24th. What impact on home affairs and foreign policy will the vote have? 

14
May
2017
Sunday 14 May 2017 to Tuesday 16 May 2017
from Sunday 14 May 2017 12:30 to Tuesday 16 May 2017 12:30 - Seminars and Round-table Conferences

Five days after the French presidential elections the eleventh yeargroup of the French German Future Dialogue met for their first seminar on the Loire banks in the French city of Nantes. Main discussion topics included the elections in 2017 and Foreign EU poliy.