Counselor on Franco-German relations at Ifri
- 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 is an Institut d’études politiques de Paris (SciencesPo Paris) graduate. He completed a PhD in political science at Sorbonne University in 2001 where his research focused on German European politics. In 2011, he received his accreditation to supervise research in German studies at the University of Lille 3.
From March 1991 to March 2020, Hans Stark was the Secretary General of the Study Committee on French-German Relations (Cerfa) at the French institute of international relations – Ifri. Since March 2020, he is a Counselor on Franco-German relations at Ifri, working essentially covers German foreign and European policies. In parallel, Hans Stark has taught as a lecturer from 2002 to 2005 and as a Senior lecturer from 2005 to 2012 at the University Paris 3 Sorbonne-Nouvelle where he was appointed Professor of Contemporary German Civilization in 2012.
The Cumbersome Legacy of the SPD’s Policy Towards Vladimir Putin’s Russia Allemagne d'aujourd'hui, No. 243, January-March 2023
The Social Democratic Party of Germany (SPD) looks back with pride on the history of its Ostpolitik, which it sees as having paved the way for German reunification. With the firm will to continue this Ostpolitik after the end of the Cold War, SPD politicians of the last 20 years have...
The war in Ukraine has been a rude awakening for Berlin.
The Paradigm Shift in German Security and Defence Policy After the Russian Invasion of Ukraine Allemagne d'aujourd'hui, No. 239, January-March 2022
The German government has long hesitated to take a position on the crisis between Russia and Ukraine. It has refused to question the planned commissioning of Nord Stream 2 and to supply Ukraine with weapons.
What foreign policy for Germany after the end of the Merkel era? Allemagne d'aujourd'hui, No. 238, October-December 2021
One cannot help but wonder about Germany’s future foreign policy when one considers both the weight of the Federal Republic and the many crises we face internationally.
German Foreign Policy: Caught Between Multilateralism and Germany First Politique étrangère, Vol. 86, No. 3, Autumn 2021
Underneath the rhetoric of commitment to a multilateral order, Germany's policy seems to be mainly structured around its national interests.
The German Presidency of the EU Council 2020. What Role for Paris and Berlin? Allemagne d'aujourd'hui, No. 236, April-June 2021
The German EU presidency in the second half of 2020 was Angela Merkel’s last presidency, shortly before her chancellorship ends in 2021. It was therefore expected that the Chancellor would use all her experience and influence to achieve positive results.
Germany and the Economic and Monetary Union. Between the Search for Deeper European Integration and the Assertion of National Interests Allemagne d'aujourd'hui, No. 233, July-September 2020
Germany joined the creation of Economic and Monetary Union only with great hesitation and has tried to dictate the spirit and rules of operation of the Union.
The Aachen Treaty: The Promise of Convergence for a Divided Couple Politique étrangère, Vol. 84, No. 4, Winter 2019
The numerous commitments made in the Aachen Treaty concealed a wide range of disagreements over defense, the future of the European Union, economic policies, relations with Russia, and so on.
Germany: The Power Out of Phase in : L'Allemagne, 30 ans après - 1989-2019 / Hérodote 4/2019, No. 175
Germany has enjoyed a decade of sustained economic growth, benefiting from a very low unemployment rate and considerable trade and budgetary surpluses. This phase is now coming to an end. Some even believe that the German economic model needs to be rethought.
French Foreign Policy in the Age of Polycrisis in Sicherheit und Frieden, Security and Peace, 3/2019
Under the presidency of Emmanuel Macron, France has set itself the goal of strengthening its international presence, being more proactive and defining the European reform agenda. However, the French room for manoeuver is limited.
From the cupola of the great amphitheater of the Sorbonne, the five large medallions in monochrome representing the sciences, letters, law, medicine and theology will judge the event. Sunday January 22, in the morning, in one of the oldest universities on the continent (founded in 1253), the...
Germany's Ursula von der Leyen nominated to lead EU Commission.
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.
On May 26, the Germans will go to the polls to elect their MEPs. An important election for Germany, where political parties have been in the process of restructuring since the last federal election.
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.
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.
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?
Will Angela Merkel still be chancellor in a years' time? Hans Stark gives an overview over the German political landscape. According to him, the rise of the right wing populists and eurosceptics will continue, but won’t hinder the forming of a government coalition.