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

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More than five months after the federal elections, Germany has finally been able to form a government. This means that not only domestic politics can go ahead, but decisions and reforms on the European level can be addressed as well. How are the challenges ahead perceived in Berlin, and what are the different views on Europe prevailing in German politics?

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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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A matter of dignity? End-of-life legislation in Europe

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Is it a liberal right to be able to decide for yourself when to end your life? Is it the duty of doctors to assist those who choose that enough is enough? What can be done to make the final stages of life better for those who see no other way out than death? At a discussion hosted by the Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom, panelists and audience grappled with these and other questions surrounding end-of-life legislation. As European countries such as the UK, France and Germany struggle to refine their position on end-of-life legislation, countries such as Switzerland and Belgium offer a wealth of experience to draw from.
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“No man is an island” – can we avoid that Britain further alienates itself from Europe?

IMG_5398 (Kopie)   „Outward-looking, open and economically liberal, these are exactly the kind of criteria which the UK and Germany should share as their vision for Europe,“ with these words Vicky Ford MEP, member of the European Conservatives and Reformists Group, opened the debate with Rainer Stinner MP, Spokesman on Foreign Affairs of the FDP Parliamentary Group in the German Bundestag. Despite these shared criteria, it became apparent, that the vision of the future of the European Union looks very different in Berlin and in London.
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