Associate Research Fellow, Study Committee for Franco-German Relations (Cerfa)
- German Security and Defense Policy
- French-German security and defense cooperation
- Germany’s participation in the Euro-Atlantic security structures
- Germany’s decision-making mechanisms and particularly the role of the Bundestag in security and defense matters
Michel Drain was service administrator at the French National Assembly (1974-2013). He assisted the defense budget’s special rapporteurs in the Finance Committee’s secretariat (1983-1993) ans was Deputy Director of the Defense Committee’s secretariat (1998-2002). He joined the international parliamentary relations division (2010-2013). He was in charge of the France-Russia Grand Parliamentary Committee’s Executive Secretariat, and of the Executive Secretariat of the Interparliamentary Union’s French Group as well as Executive Secretary of the Committee on the Verification of Special Funds (2003-2012). He holds a Diplôme d’études approfondies (DEA) in International Relations, SciencesPo (1981) and graduated from SciencesPo in Public Affairs (1970).
Since the financial crisis of 2008, has the balance of power between France and Germany shifted in favor of Berlin? Does Angela Merkel alone decide on the conduct of the European Union? The answer obviously deserves to be nuanced.