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What is the Liberal Agenda of the "Traffic Light" Coalition? Franco-German Perspectives Visioconférence

The end of Angela Merkel's term of office marks the beginning of a new political era in Germany. Known for its stability and the longevity of its leaders, German politics will now be dominated by three parties in a so-called "Traffic Light" coalition comprising the Social Democratic Party (SPD), the Greens and the Liberal Democratic Party (FDP). 

After eleven years in opposition, the latter will carry weight in particular because of the ministries it has been able to obtain (finance, infrastructure/digital, justice, education and research).
What is the position of the Liberal Democrat Party on European policy in the run-up to the French Presidency of the Council of the European Union and the upcoming presidential and legislative elections in France? What are the points of convergence and divergence between the positions of the presidential majority and those of the FDP, and how is the new coalition within this majority perceived in France?


Welcoming remarks

  • Jeanette Süß, European Affairs Manager at the FNF Brussels office 



  • Sandra Weeser, Member of the Bundestag (FDP), Chair of the Committee on Construction, Housing, Urban Policy and Municipalities, member of the Franco-German Parliamentary Assembly.
  • Christophe Arend, LREM deputy for the 6th constituency of Moselle, president of the France-Germany friendship group, member of the Franco-German Parliamentary Assembly.



  • Paul Maurice, Research Fellow, Study Committee on Franco-German Relations (Cerfa), Ifri



  • Eric-André Martin, Secretary General of the Study Committee on Franco-German Relations (Cerfa), Ifri



Videoconference co-organized by the Cerfa at Ifri and the European Dialogue Office of the Friedrich-Naumann Foundation for Freedom.  


This conference will be held in French and German (simultaneous translation).
You will receive the zoom link by e-mail the day before the event.


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Pour plus d'informations sur le débat, veuillez contacter Catherine Naiker, naiker.cerfa@ifri.org

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