Public event

Spotlight Event "France and Germany: Building coalitions in Europe and the World"

The Russian invasion of Ukraine has led to tectonic shifts in international relations. On 9 March, we discussed with Jörg Kukies, Secretary of State at the German Federal Chancellery, about the efforts to tackle the challenges raised or intensified by this war of aggression. Jörg Kukies is the personal representative of Chancellor Olaf Scholz to the G7/G20 summits. He is one of the Chancellor’s closest advisors and is coordinating three policy fields at the Federal Chancellery: European policy, G7/G20 summits, as well as economic, financial and climate protection policy.

How does Germany define its role within the European Union? What coalitions can France and Germany build to put diplomatic pressure on Russia? How important is Franco-German cooperation in this respect?

The event was hosted by Sciences Po’s Paris School of International Affairs and online. Arancha González Laya, Dean of Sciences Po PSIA, led through this 60-minutes discussion, and the Jacques Delors Centre Director Johannes Lindner introduced it. This spotlight event is part of the Pariser Platz Dialogue, a series of high-level events bringing French and German decision-makers together for an exchange of ideas. The Pariser Platz Dialogue is kindly supported by the German Federal Foreign Office.