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European issues are transversely covered by almost all programs of Ifri. Some programs pay particular attention to these themes: the Study Committee for French-German relations (CERFA), the French-Austrian Center for European Convergence (CFA).

All European themes -  institutional, economic, citizenship, security - are subject to specific studies and debates.

Éric-André MARTIN

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


The last four decades have witnessed the profound transformation of the very foundations of the international system: the globalization of trade, technical revolutions, the upheaval of the hierarchy of powers, the emergence of China, the explosion of the Middle-East, the mutation of conflicts...

By: Barbara KUNZ, Ronja KEMPIN

On 22 January 2019, French President Emmanuel Macron and German Chancellor Angela Merkel sign the Treaty of Aachen on “Franco-German Cooperation and Integration.” The document is set to complement the original Elysée Treaty from 1963, signed by President Charles de Gaulle and Chancellor Konrad...


In September 2010, China stopped all exports of rare earths and associated products to Japan, depriving Japan’s industry of essential raw materials. This decision highlighted the tensions around the trade of critical materials and China’s monopoly on a group of particular metals. Western...

By: Dorothée KOHLER, Jean-Daniel WEISZ

The issue of the digital transformation of the industry provoked in France as in Germany the return of the state and the introduction of a subsidiary industrial policy. Feeling threatened in its industrial leadership, Germany mobilized its resources through industry 4.0 by building a vision...

By: Eileen KELLER

This study analyses the joint efforts by France and Germany to bring about a comprehensive reform of the European currency union. These efforts culminated in the joint Meseberg Declaration adopted in June 2018. The article contextualises these efforts with respect to the reforms realised so...

Wednesday 08 June 2016
from 17:30 to 19:30 - Seminars and Round-table Conferences

Being both the country of refuge and of transit, Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s Turkey plays a key-role in the Syrian refugee crisis. The agreement between Brussels and Ankara to manage the flow of migrants, signed with German approval, caused much debate. It also pushed the question of Turkey’s...

Tuesday 31 May 2016
from 09:15 to 18:00 - Seminars and Round-table Conferences

In August 2014, in the wake of the centenary of First World War, the Federal Chancellor of Germany Angela Merkel initiated an intergovernmental process with the countries of the Western Balkans. Its aim has been to improve their cooperation, put "fundamentals first" and...

Tuesday 22 March 2016
from 09:30 to 17:15 - Ifri Conferences
Ongoing tensions around the European project have been accompanied by what could be described a popular disaffection towards European Union. Other elements have also created a divide between the EU and its citizens, revolving around the idea of solidarity: the Eurozone crisis, the refugee and...
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Wednesday 16 March 2016
from 09:00 to 16:00 - Ifri Conferences

Ongoing tensions around the European project have been accompanied by what could be described a popular disaffection towards European institutions, as symbolized by a low turnout rate in the Czech Republic and the rest of Central Europe at the European Parliament elections in 2014. Other...

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Thursday 03 March 2016
from 16:00 to 17:30

2015 was a year of continuous crises. 2016 may follow the same dynamic. The Greek crisis has so far been averted but may come back in the coming months. The refugee crisis has cristallised enormous tensions around the issues of the welcoming of refugees in all EU countries. The pressure on the...

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Tuesday 01 March 2016
from 13:30 to 15:00 - Seminars and Round-table Conferences

Climate change in the Mediterranean region and the Middle East could have significant impact on agriculture, the production and consumption of energy, the development of cities confronted to rural exodus as well as on political stability in the region and migration flows towards Europe. <...>

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Monday 30 November 2015
at 17:30 - Seminars and Round-table Conferences

The fourth Building Bridges workshop took place on 30 November – 1st December 2015 in Paris. This event included a discussion between experts involved in the project and French citizens about the impact European integration had on France and what citizens' expectations are...

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By: Vivien PERTUSOT, on Polskie Radio, interviewed by Beata Płomecka, via EuranetPlus.

The consultations on Cameron’s demands were run with the EU members by the head of the European Council, Donald Tusk from Poland. Tusk wrote down what was said and sent a letter to London and other European capitals. The letter was quite peculiar, admits Vivient Pertusot, the head of the...

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