Former Research Fellow, Study Committee on Franco-German Relations (Cerfa) 

Research Interests:

  • German domestic politics, political parties and electoral geography in Germany
  • Germany on the world stage
  • Foreign and Security Policy of the Federal Republic of Germany
  • History of French-German Relations and of European Integration


Paul Maurice was a Research Fellow at the Study Committee on Franco-German Relations (Cerfa) at the French Institute of International Relations - Ifri from March 2020 to August 2022, where he specifically worked on issues of German domestic policy and Franco-German relations in the context of European integration. 

Paul Maurice is currently completing a PhD in contemporary history at the Sorbonne University, in co-supervision with the Universität des Saarlandes and is part of research lab UMR Sirice (Sorbonne, Identities, International Relations and Civilizations of Europe). His research focuses on the permanence of traditional elites and their integration into the socialist elite in the German Democratic Republic and more particularly on the figure of the Marxist economic historian Jürgen Kuczynski. Paul Maurice studied contemporary history and international relations at the Université Paris-Sorbonne and the Freie Universität Berlin. He also teaches Franco-German studies at the Université Paris-Est Créteil and at Sciences Po Rennes. He holds a Master's degree in Contemporary History (specializing in Germanic worlds) from the University of Paris-Sorbonne. He is a member of the editorial board of the journal Allemagne d'aujourd'hui

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Germany, despite the reluctance of its public opinion, is committed to supporting security in the Sahel, notably through its participation in the European Union Training Mission in Mali (EUTM) and recently in Niger, and in the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in...


When it was founded in August 1991, the Weimar Triangle was intended as a forum for trilateral consultations between the foreign ministers of France, the Federal Republic of Germany, and Poland on the future of Europe after the end of the Cold War.


The grand coalition’s record on European policy is mixed. On budgetary issues, the CDU-CSU and SPD were able to implement the agreements in the coalition agreement, but on fundamental reforms of the European Union, only small steps were taken.


The German federal elections of September 26, 2021 were marked by the departure of the outgoing chancellor, Angela Merkel, who was not seeking re-election. The scattering of the vote and the high volatility of voters have led to a redefinition of the landscape and geography of parties in...


On July 1, 2020, Germany assumed the six-month EU Council Presidency, at a time of global pandemic crisis. This presidency has thus quickly become a “corona presidency” in its objectives and functioning, itself a victim of the pandemic.


In Germany's parliamentary democracy, political parties play an important role in mandating Bundeswehr missions abroad and in overseeing their deployment. The political debate on these deployments is polarized between opponents, who are called “pacifists”, and supporters, who are called ...


On October 3, 1990, after forty years of division, Germany once again became one state. Less than a year after the fall of the Berlin Wall, on November 9, 1989, the territories of the German Democratic Republic (GDR) became part of the Federal Republic of Germany (FRG) under Article 23 of its...

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By: Éric-André MARTIN, Paul MAURICE, quoted by Lara Marlowe in The Irish Times 

Macron set to become the uncontested leader of Europe with German chancellor’s exit. Chancellor Angela Merkel was not naturally inclined to focus on Franco-German relations. “She comes from the former East Germany, and her experience was of east bloc countries, especially&nbsp...