Franco-German Future Dialogue
Franco-German Future Dialogue
If Europe is unable to advance without the Franco-German engine, the European crises have demonstrated that the relationship between France and Germany cannot be considered as an immutable achievement – it has to be constantly maintained and enriched. A new generation, succeeding the post-war one, is now in command of Franco-German cooperation. The Franco-German Future Dialogue thus wishes to provide tomorrow’s decision-makers of both countries with avenues to meet each other and to exchange ideas.
At the same time, the French and Germans must interact with their European neighbors and reflect together on the challenges facing the European Union. That is why, as of 2014, the Franco-German Future Dialogue participants will resort to other European member states.
Franco-German Future Dialogue encompasses two major axes. It maintains a social network of young French and German professionals and PhD students, giving them the space to debate and exchange on Franco-German and/or European issues, as well as to develop a joint vision of the future and publishes research essays
The Dialogue participants are talented, budding “officers” (economic, political, scientific, cultural, administrative). All have a particular interest in their partner country, with which they have developed a strong connection through their professional or academic career.
The Cerfa has organised Franco-German Future Dialogue annually since 2007 in cooperation with the German Council on Foreign Relations (DGAP), and is supported by the Robert Bosch Foundation.
Will the party “Alternative for Germany" be able to establish itself on the German political landscape? Note du Cerfa, No. 125, September 2015
Only a few months after it had been founded, the Alternative for Germany party (AfD) won 4.7% of the second votes in the federal elections, on 22 September 2013 – only 130,000 short of what was required for entry into the German Bundestag. Party and election researcher Oskar Niedermayer called...
The German economy is characterized by a very high degree of international openness – much more so than in other European countries such as France. Its economic success hence largely depends on the intensity with which it trades with the rest of the world, and in particular the United States...
The “2014 Review”: Understanding the Pillars of German Foreign Policy and the Expectations of the Rest of the World Notes du Cerfa, n° 123, May 2015
German foreign policy is today confronted with a number of fundamental challenges. The country has become larger and has again become strong economically and must no longer content itself with its former role as France’s political junior partner in Europe or the United States’ junior partner...
German-Russian Relations: Change of Paradigm versus 'Business as Usual' Note du Cerfa, No. 120, February 2015
In 2014, Germany’s relations with Russia markedly deteriorated. The decline was precipitous but it did not occur suddenly. It began some time before Moscow’s annexation of Crimea in March 2014 and the Kremlin’s support for separatism and thinly concealed military intervention in eastern...
The EU, Russia and the Eastern Partnership: What Dynamics under the New German Government? Note du Cerfa, No. 109 / Russie.Nei.Visions, No. 74, February 2014
The Eastern Partnership summit in Vilnius in November 2013 demonstrated that the European Union’s policy toward its eastern neighbors has developed into a highly contentious issue between the EU and Russia.
France, Germany, Turkey: A New Triangle of Powers Note franco-turque, No. 9 / Note du Cerfa, No. 105, September 2013
Relations between Germany, France and Turkey have been strictly bilateral for a long time, with varying intensity, styles and areas of cooperation. The European perspective that is now part of these relations has introduced a three-way dynamic.
From One Electoral Campaign to Another: Franco-German Relations in Turbulent Times The Polish Quarterly of International Affairs, 2/2013, p. 45-61.
Due not only to its importance but also to the place it leaves to symbolic politics, the Franco-German relationship is often described through emotions and in a Manichaean way, alternating between a description of two close friends and a nearly divorced couple. What is the current state of the...