Angela Merkel is gaining thanks to her international standing and the weakness of her Social-Democrat opponent.
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.
Nordic Countries in the Face of Russian Action in the Baltic and Kaliningrad Revue Défense Nationale, n° 802, été 2017
Nordic countries share the same perception, that Russia does not pose an immediate threat but that its actions nevertheless remain worrying.
The number of crises we face is rising, due to failing states, wars and armed conflicts, poverty and lack of good governance in many countries. State and society are constantly confronted with new challenges. These crises occur simultaneously and at an ever faster pace.
Between aging and migrations: the difficult German equation Notes du Cerfa, No. 138, Ifri, June 2017
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...
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...
The AfD - Alternative for Germany – founded in opposition to Angela Merkel’s policy line of supporting southern European countries, has quickly become part of the political family of "right-wing populism" in Europe, with whom it cultivates close ties.
The introduction of the minimum wage in Germany: a first assessment Notes du Cerfa, No. 136, Ifri, February 2017
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...
The British decision to leave the European Union comes at a critical moment for Germany and the EU. It exacerbates the “polycrisis” of recent years and leads to controversial questions: What should the EU look like without Great Britain? What is the objective, the “finality”, of European...
This Workshop report was written by the participants of the French-German Future Dialogue 2016. It's the result of three seminars (Dijon, Lübeck, Alcala de Henares) on youth unemployment in Europe: Equal opportunities for European youth?
European Security – Challenges at the Societal Level A report by the OSCE Network of Think Tanks and Academic Institutions
Relations between Russia and the West have deteriorated dramatically in recent years. The institutional foundations of cooperative security in Europe and the rules and principles they represent are rapidly disappearing.
The Organization for Security and Co-operation (OSCE) used to carry the promise of a paneuropean security order. It is the only Euroatlantic security organization in which the “West” and Russia can cooperate on an equal footing.
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.
The German debate about public investment policy faces a dilemma. The deficits in public infrastructure have grown considerably due to comparatively low investments in recent years. In addition, substantial investments for promising mega-projects, such as the energy transition (...
Seminar in Brussels...
German-Russian economic and political relations after the Ukrainian crisis: What kind of partnership?
The Study Committee for Franco-German Relations (Cerfa) and the Russia/NIS Center at the French Institute of International Relations (Ifri) organize an informal meeting with Stephen Szabo, Executive Director of the Transatlantic Academy - GMF who has...
Debate chaired by Thierry de Montbrial, President, Ifri.
On invitation only.
16th Franco-German Strategic Forum "From East to South: Tensions, Wars and Crises in Europe's Neighbourhood" in cooperation with the Konrad Adenauer Foundation
The Cerfa and the Konrad Adenauer Foundation organize the 16th Franco-German Strategic Forum "From East to South: Tensions, Wars and Crises in Europe's Neighbourhood"....
Seminar organized by the Study Committee for Franco-German Relations (Cerfa) and the Russia/NIS Center
An interview with Fabian Virchow, professor at the University of Applied Sciences in Düsseldorf and head of the extreme right Program at Hans-Böckler Foundation. M. Virchow came to Paris in April to speak at a conference on the German parti AfD -Alternative for Germany- organised by the Study...
The Netherlands and France are not the only founding member states of the European Union that see extreme right party’s on the rise. The “Alternative für Deutschland” gathers 10 percent of voting intentions in Germany – especially in the East. Some of its leaders don’t hesitate to use...
The right-wing spiral of Germany’s anti-EU Alternative für Deutschland party (AfD) has brought it shoulder to shoulder with France’s National Front (NF). The two parties see eye-to-eye on a number of issues, including Russia.
The Swedish government has decided to reintroduce military conscription - a move backed by the country's MPs. Why is this happening? And how will it work? How does it impact regional security? And which other European countries have conscription?
Angela Merkel loosing the elections in Germany could be one of the many electoral suprises in 2017. Surveys on voting intentions for the legislative elections in September show that her opponent Martin Schulz (social-democrat) has started overtaking her.
The leaders of the extreme right-wing AfD party, Alternative for Germany, intend to take advantage of the attack on the Christmas market in Berlin to challenge the German Chancellors welcoming policy : 1 million refugees arrived between 2015 and 2016, they argue that in welcoming them, she...
What political future for the German Chancellor Angela Merkel after a year characterised by the New Years incident in Cologne and the attack in Berlin?
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