Germany takes over the Presidency of the EU Council; a routine process in the wheelwork of Brussels: preparing and chairing meetings of the member states from speaker to governmental level, mediating differences, avoiding red lines, finding compromises, keeping a balance between the role of “honest broker” and personal interests.
The 1 July deadline for the UK to apply for an extension of the Brexit transition period coincides with the start of Germany’s six-month rotating EU Presidency. Germany takes the helm at a time of unprecedented political and economic challenges, and Brexit is certainly set to be high on the Presidency’s agenda.
Hardly any other topic has been as intensely debated in recent years as the future of the EU’s asylum and migration policy. During its Presidency, Germany should therefore devote a great deal of political capital to disentangling the positions that have been deadlocked for years.
On 1 July 2020, the Federal Republic of Germany will take over the Presidency of the European Union (EU). This means that it will conduct the business of the Member States for six months, insofar as they meet in the various Councils of Ministers and in the European Council and participate in EU decisions.
On 1 July, Germany takes over the EU Council Presidency and faces a major agenda. [Part 4] Today, Germany takes over the Presidency of the
Op-ed by Alexandre Robinet-Borgomano Germany and France are demonstratively moving closer together: President Macron and Chancellor Merkel have jointly presented a package for the economic