The German EU Council Presidency – In Search of the European Bang!

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 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.

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Brexit: Crunch Time for the German Presidency

On 1 July, Germany takes over the EU Council Presidency and faces a major agenda. [Part 4]

The 1 July deadline for the UK to apply for an extension of the Brexit transition period coincided with the start of Germany’s six-month rotating EU Presidency. Germany took the helm at a time of unprecedented political and economic challenges, ranging from the COVID-19 response to the already tense negotiations on the EU’s next multiannual financial framework (MFF). However, with just six months of negotiation time left, Brexit is also set to be high on the Presidency’s agenda.

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The German Council Presidency – Migration Policy Expectations

On 1 July, Germany takes over the EU Council Presidency and faces a major agenda. [Part 3]

Hardly any other topic has been as intensely debated in recent years as the future of the EU’s asylum and migration policy. The refugee crisis of 2014 and 2015 has clearly demonstrated the need for pan-European solutions for all parties involved. Yet despite this acknowledgement, the Member States have still not been able to agree on a fair and effective distribution key and clear responsibilities within the reform of the Common European Asylum System (CEAS). During its Presidency, Germany should therefore devote a great deal of political capital to disentangling the positions that have been deadlocked for years.

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German Council Presidency – Holding the EU Together at the Centre of Europe!

On 1 July, Germany takes over the EU Council Presidency and faces a major agenda. [Part 1]

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. The Council Presidency is also linked to the obligation to ensure that compromises are reached between the Member States of the Union and with the other EU institutions in the political and legislative process. The Council Presidency also has the role of representing the Round Table of States vis-à-vis the European Commission, the European Parliament, international organisations and third countries.

Today, the Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom launches a series of articles which will examine various aspects of the German Council Presidency in the current European context until 1 July, but also take a stand with proposals for the longer-term development of the EU. Read today to start the series:

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Just as Important as Tanks and Submarines: Promoting Diversity in the German Armed Forces

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In its new action plan for the implementation of the agenda “Women, Peace and Security”, the German government should set a target of 50% women in the medical service and 15% in all other branches of the Bundeswehr as well as announce diversity commissioners for the armed forces. This is not about image cultivation, but about ensuring the operational readiness of the German Bundeswehr. Continue reading