France’s European strategy: the reality check


Shahin Vallée, Senior Economist, Soros Fund Management, PhD Candidate at LSE European Institute

Dr. Andreas Rinke, Senior Political Correspondent, Thomson Reuters

Chaired by

Josef Janning, Head of Berlin Office & Senior Policy Fellow, ECFR

France’s European strategy: the reality check​

July 3rd, 8:30am – 9:30am at the ECFR Berlin Office – Entrance: Rosmarinstraße 1, 10117 Berlin 

Ever since his Sorbonne speech in the summer of 2017, Emmanuel Macron has been in search for allies to support his vision of a Renaissance for Europe. His first bet was the alliance with Germany, difficult enough to get in light of Merkel’s scepticism about high flying concepts. Macron then had to deal with opposition from the North, conflicts with Italy and lack of outreach to the East. After the European election, our speaker has told the Guardian, Macron appears to have lost essential momentum: “Once a beacon of hope for change, the president risks turning into a junior coalition partner in the management of a status quo in Europe.”

What is next for France and for Macron’s Europe strategy? We will discuss this with Shahin Vallee, economist and political adviser, first to then President of the European Council, Hermann van Rompuy, later to then Minister of Economics Emmanuel Macron. We will also be joined by Andreas Rinke, Chief Political Correspondent and Leader of the Political Team at Thomson Reuters.

If you want to attend, please send an e-mail to [email protected] by July 2nd, 2019

The debate will be on the record and held in English.
Places are limited and will be allocated on a first come, first served basis.