The French Presidency of the EU and the State of Europe

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The French Presidency of the EU and the State of Europe

Thursday, 10 March 2022 - 2:00pm to 5:15pm
Samuel B.H. Faure (Sciences Po Saint-Germain/MFO)
Eli Gateva (DPIR Oxford)
Kalypso Nicolaïdis (EUI Florence)
Aliénor Ballangé (University of Frankfurt/OxPo)
Olivier de France (St Antony’s College/IRIS)
Olivier Costa (CEVIPOF/College of Europe, Bruges)
Pauline Schnapper (Paris Sorbonne Nouvelle)
Hartmut Mayer (ESC) and Yves Sintomer (MFO/Nuffield College)
Aliénor Ballangé, Hartmut Mayer, Yves Sintomer

Organised in collaboration with the Maison Française d'Oxford (MFO)

To attend online please register here

Panel 1: The State of the EU. Chair: Hartmut Mayer
Samuel B.H. Faure: The defence and external policy of the EU
Eli Gateva: Strengthening democracy in the EU and the Western Balkans
Kalypso Nicolaïdis: The Conference on the future of Europe

Panel 2: France in the EU. Chair: Yves Sintomer
Aliénor Ballangé: French political culture and the European integration
Olivier de France: France and Europe's Foreign Policy Identity
Olivier Costa: French conceptions of the political regime of the Union – an analysis of the investiture of the von der Leyen Commission
Pauline Schnapper: The post-Brexit Franco-British bilateral relationship

Just as the legislation led by Van der Leyen (European Commission) and Roberta Metsola (European Parliament) has reached its halfway point and France has now taken over the rotating presidency of the Council since January 1, 2022, this online workshop will look both at the past and future of the main issues facing the EU – especially the aftermath of Brexit, the current citizens’ deliberative panels conducted as part of the Conference on the Future of Europe, the questions addressed by the NextGenerationEU Recovery Plan, and the external and defense policy of the Union.

The workshop will be articulated around two panels. The first will focus on the EU’s democratization and strategic autonomy; the second on France’s previous and present role in the Union and the country’s relationship with European integration, from its “founding fathers” to Emmanuel Macron.