Europe’s Political Cohesion after the Eurozone Crisis

24 Nov 2014 18:00

Political cohesion between France and Germany is critical for the stability of Europe, yet the Eurozone crisis and its aftermath have raised some serious questions about the Franco-German relationship. Germany has emerged as the critical state in supporting, albeit through the European Central Bank, debt-ridden southern countries. France remains hostile to an austerity-only approach. Does there now exist a political imbalance in the Franco-German relationship? What are the consequences for Europe of German economic leadership? Is France still in a position to influence the direction of European integration, and, if so, to what end?

with Prof. Francois Heisbourg, Fondation pour la recherché stratégique

Professor Francois Heisbourg is a special advisor to the Fondation pour la Recherche Strategique, Paris. He is also Chairman of the Geneva Centre for Security Policy and the International Institute for Strategic Studies. His career has included positions in government (member of the French mission to the UN, international security adviser to the Minister of Defence), in the defence industry (Vice-President of Thomson-CSF; Senior Vice-President for strategic development at MATRA-Défense-Espace) and in academia (Professor of world politics at Sciences-Po Paris and Director of the IISS). He is also a member of the International Commission on nuclear non-proliferation and disarmament, and has sat on a number of national and international blue-ribbon bodies. He is the author of numerous articles and books focused on strategic issues.

This was the sixth lecture of the IES Autumn Lecture Series 2014: "The Future of European Geostrategy" jointly organised by the Institute for European Studies-VUB and the Egmont – Royal Institute for International Relations. Read more about the lecture series!

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