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The Study Committee on Franco-German Relations (Cerfa)

The Study Committee on Franco-German Relations (Cerfa) was founded by an intergovernmental treaty between the Federal Republic of Germany and the French Republic in 1954. It has analyzed relations between the two countries for over 60 years. The Cerfa engages in a wide range of activities. It promotes the Franco-German debate and policy-oriented research through conferences and seminars that bring together experts, policy-makers, decision-makers and civil society representatives of both countries.

The Cerfa publishes regularly books reflecting on the current state of Franco-German relations and two research note series – Notes du Cerfa and Visions franco-allemandes – that target primarily French decision-makers, with the aim of elucidating political, economic and social evolutions in contemporary Germany, and closely following current developments in Franco-German relations

The Cerfa maintains close relations with the network of German foundations and think-tanks, including the Konrad Adenauer Foundation, Friedrich Ebert Foundation, German Council on Foreign Relations (DGAP), Genshagen Foundation, French-German Institute (DFI), and German Institute for International and Security Affairs (SWP).

The Cerfa contributes actively to the emergence of a new French-German generation, most notably through Franco-German Future Dialogue.

Éric-André MARTIN

Secretary General of the Study Committee on Franco-German Relations (Cerfa)

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Paul MAURICE

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

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Hans STARK

Counselor on Franco-German relations at Ifri

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Nele Katharina WISSMANN

Associate Research Fellow, Study Committee for Franco-German Relations (Cerfa)

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Michel DRAIN

Associate Research Fellow, Study Committee for Franco-German Relations (Cerfa)

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Franco-German Future Dialogue ...
The Daniel Vernet Group is an initiative of the Genshagen Foundation and the Comité d'études des relations franco-allemandes (Cerfa) at the Institut français des relations internationales (Ifri). It consists of twenty German and French members and meets twice a year. ...
In 2017, the Cerfa published the collective work "Germany on the international stage - In search of stability in a changing world " edited by Barbara Kunz, Hans Stark and Stephan Martens. ...
29/06/2020
By: Claire DEMESMAY

The German Presidency of the Council of the European Union begins on July 1, 2020 at a time of acute crisis. It is facing unprecedented challenges and organizational constraints in a context marked by high expectations from its European partners.

05/06/2020
By: Andreas MARCHETTI

The development of Franco-German cooperation can be described as an intergovernmental process. Depending on the perspective, the capacity for innovation of the relationship lies either with central decision-makers at the state level or with decentralized actors at the local level.

02/06/2020
By: Nele Katharina WISSMANN, Łukasz JURCZYSZYN

The coronavirus crisis has affected the countries of the Weimar Triangle to varying degrees. Bilateral relations between Germany and Poland as well as Germany and France have been strongly influenced by border closures, which have led to tensions between the countries. 

03/02/2020
By: Franco-German Future Dialogue 2019

Europe is divided in many ways. Brexit and rising nationalism are striking examples of this existing fragmentation. But what unites us Europeans? The Franco-German Future Dialogue 2019 has met fellow Europeans in thirteen member states of the European Union to discuss questions of identity. Do...

17/12/2019

In 2018, the Federal Office for the Protection of the Constitution classified 24,100 people in Germany as right-wing extremists. More than one out of two right-wing extremists is described as “violence-oriented”.  These figures demonstrate the high level of threat in the German...

05
Jun
2019
Wednesday 05 June 2019
from 09:30 to 18:00 - Seminars and Round-table Conferences

The Think Thank 7 (T7) is an engagement group that brings together the leading Think Tanks from the G7 countries in order to analyze and make recommendations on key issues of the G7 presidency.

23
Jan
2018
Tuesday 23 January 2018
from 18:00 to 19:30 - Seminars and Round-table Conferences

In the light of a more demanding security environment, but also a rare momentum for further European integration, Berlin and Paris are challenged to take their security and defence cooperation to the next level, bilaterally as well as in the EU. Progress in Franco-German security and...

27
Sep
2017
Wednesday 27 September 2017
from 09:00 to 11:00 - Ifri Conferences

The Study Committee on French-German relations (Cerfa) will be analysing the German general elections held on Septembre 24th. What impact on home affairs and foreign policy will the vote have? 

21/01/2019
By: Barbara KUNZ, quoted by Guy Chazan in Berlin and Victor Mallet in Paris for Financial Times

When Angela Merkel and Emmanuel Macron sign a new Franco-German treaty in the historic city of Aachen on Tuesday, there will be much soaring rhetoric about the deepening ties between the two countries. To critics, though, the Treaty of Aachen is thin gruel. Anyone hoping for a new, tighter...

03/06/2018
By: Barbara KUNZ, Interview by Erik Eenlo, BNS, Lennart Meri Conference

Nicolas Sarkozy used to promote himself as a transatlanticist or anglophile French president. Emmanuel Macron seems to have taken this approach a step further. Macron appears to have taken upon France and himself the responsibility of not allowing Britain and more importantly, the United...