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

Research axes:

  • Contemporary Germany: Domestic and foreign policy
  • French-German relations: Questions of security, European construction
  • European integration: History of European Integration, Common Foreign and Security Policy 


Hans Stark graduated from the Institut d’études politiques de Paris (SciencesPo) in 1987, majoring in International Relations and achieving a Diplôme d’études approfondies (DEA) in Soviet and Eastern European Studies in 1990. He holds a PhD in political sciences from the Panthéon-Sorbonne University (2001) that focused on German European politics. In 2011 he obtained his habilitation at the University of Lille 3 in German Studies.

Since 1991 Hans Stark has been Secretary General of the Study Committee on French-German Relations (Cerfa) at the French Institute for International Relations (ifri) where his main interests are German foreign politics and German European politics. At the same time he teaches at University, first as lecturer at Sciences-Po (since 2002), then as Senior lecturer at the University Paris 3 Sorbonne Nouvelle (2005-2012). In 2012 he was appointed Professor of Contemporary German Civilisation at the University of Paris-Sorbonne.

He is part of the editorial board of the periodicals Politique étrangère and Allemagne d’aujourd’hui and member of the research laboratory SIRICE of the Sorbonne and of the advisory committee at the Genshagen Foundation.

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Thirty years after the fall of the Berlin Wall, celebrations have taken a disappointing turn. The electoral successes of the far-right German party AfD (Alternative for Germany (in German:  Alternative für Deutschland)) in Saxony, Brandenburg and Thuringia in...


Even though the CDU-CSU led Grand Coalition was renewed following the German legislative elections of 24 September 2017, and even though Angela Merkel was re-elected chancellor a fourth consecutive term, the country has entered a period of growing political uncertainty. The formation of a new...


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...


What will become of US foreign policy under Donald Trump? A selection of Ifri researchers has come together to offer their thoughts on this question. Our experts cover an array of topics through 14 contributions, ranging from the future Sino-American relations, through US engagement in the...

By: Hans STARK, Claire DEMESMAY, Christine PÜTZ, (editors)

Pictures are an integral part of the process of conveying the state and character of French-German relations. Such pictures highlight not only justified criticisms but also prejudices and clichés. The use of these pictures has intensified since 2008 because the financial and EU crises...

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