Upcoming event: Franco-German Relations: What potential to influence the future of the EU?

 

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With a seemingly shifting world order, expectations towards the European Union are growing with regards to its ability to transform.

French President Emmanuel Macron laid out his vision for a more integrated Europe early during his presidency and made clear that these ambitions could not be realised without Germany. Even though Chancellor Angela Merkel has backed calls for reform, she remained hesitant to some of Macron’s ideas.

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Upcoming event: A Common European Defence Market – How to Tackle Fragmentation

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Among the main targets of European defence initiatives is the fragmentation and inefficiency of the European defence market. European Union member states currently procure 80% of their defence equipment nationally. According to a European Commission estimate, this leads to a loss of around 50 billion € in opportunity costs per year. Fostering a more collaborative defence market will be a key if policy makers in Europe wish for more capable and interoperable armed forces.

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Upcoming Event: The Future of the European Union: A liberal view from Germany

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More than five months after the election, Germany has finally been able to form a government. The conclusion of the coalition talks were received with relief, also beyond its national borders. Germany is now capable of acting politically again, which means that not only domestic politics can go ahead, but decisions and reforms on the European level can be fully tackled as well. Brexit in the West, infringement to the rule of law in the East, and looming transatlantic tensions are only a few challenges that will need further attention in the future.

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Meet & Greet Event: The Challenges of Migration in the Middle East and North Africa

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Over two years have passed since the biggest refugee crisis hit Europe since World War II. Still today, it is important for all countries involved to continue exchanging best practices and to enhance their cooperation. Countries of the Middle East and North Africa, especially Jordan, Lebanon and Libya, are among the most experienced countries in the world regarding migration and refugees. Yet, they are facing major problems to implement integration and humanitarian policies. Libya for instance has become the most important transit country for refugees towards Europe since 2011.

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