Counselor on Franco-German relations at Ifri

Research Interests:

  • 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.

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By: Hans STARK, Etienne DUBSLAFF

The Alternative for Germany (AfD) was formed in 2013 in the context of the currency crisis as an “alternative” to the Merkel government’s policy of rescuing the euro. Since then, the party’s platforms for the European elections in 2014, 2019 and 2024 have become increasingly radical. 


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 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.


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 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. 

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