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Franco-German Strategic Dialogue

Franco-German Strategic Dialogue

Status and perspectives of the Franco-German security relations

Germany and France are uniquely linked in their objectives by diverse political, economic and social interdependencies and the structures of their bilateral cooperation. Franco-German cooperation is thereby also exemplary for a multitude of other bilateral relations. However, the consequences of the Corona pandemic, which dimensions cannot be foreseen at this point in time, as well as a multitude of other strategic issues – in the Balkans, the Mediterranean region and the neighbourhood with Turkey or Ukraine - challenge Europe more than ever. Europe is in need of leadership – leadership that is unimaginable without France and Germany.

Germany and France have a unique network and proven structures of cooperation. Nevertheless, the Franco-German relationship has remained below its potential in recent years. Thus, the definition of common strategic spaces and the in-depth discussion of a common strategy have fallen short. In addition to that, long-standing cooperation projects have suffered in their implementation due to misperceptions, misunderstandings and insufficient trust. The underlying causes are multi-layered: the more complex environment, the larger number of member states, the loss of mutual trust, failed cooperation projects, national egoisms that were thought to have been overcome, self-imposed restrictions and different "systems" and cultures.

Within the framework of this interdisciplinary research project, the focus is put on an analysis of the differences and commonalities between Germany and France, concerning their respective world views and strategic cultures. Another approach is the identification of future fields of action and how Franco-German relations can provide even more groundbreaking impulses for Europe and the whole world in the future.

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Lecture series "Franco-German Strategic Dialogue"

In cooperation with the Institut Français Bonn and the Friedrich-Naumann-Stiftung.

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