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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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...


Are we returning to “The German Question”, which we thought had been dealt with at unification? Although “The German Question” has deep historical roots, its return is indicative of a European crisis: economic fractures, institutions in deadlock, relative withdrawal of France and the UK on...

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