Former Research Fellow, Study Committee on Franco-German Relations (Cerfa)
- 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.
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...
The Weimar Triangle Three Decades After Its Foundation: Review and Prospects Allemagne d'aujourd'hui, No. 239, January-March 2022
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.
A “New Era”? Toward a Realignment of German Foreign Policy after the Russian Invasion of Ukraine Briefings de l'Ifri, March 7, 2022
German Chancellor Olaf Scholz’s speech to the Bundestag on February 27, 2022, announced a new orientation in foreign policy and challenged the principles that had been the consensus in Germany for the past thirty years.
What Perspectives for Europe? The Political Parties in Germany and European Integration Allemagne d'aujourd'hui, No. 238, October-December 2021
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.
A Changing Germany: The Party System Tested in the 2021 German Federal Elections Briefings de l’Ifri, Ifri, October, 5 2021
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...
Germany/European Union: Angela Merkel’s Ambiguous Legacy Politique étrangère, Vol. 86, No. 3, Autumn 2021
Angela Merkel is ending her fourth term as German Chancellor. Although she has made a number of statements demonstrating her commitment to the European project, her record in this area nevertheless appears to be mixed.
Advancing Europe: Green for Danger? Internationale Politik Quarterly, Summer 2021 Issue: Europe after Merkel
In France, the prospect of the Greens entering the German government this fall raises both hopes and fears.
A “Coronavirus Presidency”: The Consequences of the Health Crisis for the German Presidency of the Council of the EU Allemagne d'aujourd'hui, No. 236, April-June 2021
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.
Circumstantial Pacifism: Political Parties and the Participation of the Bundeswehr in Foreign Operations Notes du Cerfa, No. 160, Ifri, April 2021
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 ...
Thirty Years after its Reunification, Germany's “European Moment”? Editoriaux de l'Ifri, October 1, 2020
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...
If the decision to replace the engine for the F-35A is implemented, countries flying F-35s will find themselves forced into unforeseen and overly complicated supply chains.
The coalition deal struck between three parties that will form Germany’s next government is very much in line with France’s own ambitions and priorities, including its vision of a more federal EU.
While some argue that the next Franco-German power couple could be business as usual, there are some potential sticking points ahead.
Buoyant from its best election result in 10 years, Germany's liberal FDP party looks set to play a outsized role in coalition negotiations to form the next government.
After 16 years of Angela Merkel, Germany’s federal election will not only pave the way for a new government but also for a brand-new foreign policy. At least potentially.
Angela Merkel has governed Germany for 16 years and proven a reliable ally both in Europe and for the world. Will her party colleague hoping to succeed her follow in her footsteps or diverge from her path in order to forge his own legacy?
German Chancellor Merkel has met with French President Macron in what could be her final working visit to France. Some analysts say their cooperation should have produced more results.
The Franco-German relationship is more important than ever in order to deal with international crises and to develop a common European Foreign and Security Policy.
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 ...