On this page you will find everything concerning ECFR’s Germany in Europe project, which aims to promote a broad discussion (in Germany and beyond) about Germany’s role in Europe, in order to generate ideas on how to reintegrate Germany into the process of developing a ‘Europe’ that is both globally assertive and responsible.
Events and publications
The project was launched in late 2010 with a discussion paper by Ulrike Guérot: How European is the new Germany? The paper is also available in German and Italian. On 27 October 2010, the first in a row of events on the topic of Germany in Europe took place in the Hotel Adlon, Berlin. Joschka Fischer (former German Foreign Minister and Co-Chair of ECFR) discussed Germany´s role in Europe with Sylvie Goulard (MEP), John Kornblum (former U.S. Ambassador to Germany), Quentin Peel (Financial Times) and Philipp Mißfelder (MP & Foreign Policy Spokesperson of CDU/CSU parliamentary group).
April 2011 saw two important developments in the Germany in Europe series. Ulrike Guérot and Mark Leonard published their policy brief The New German Question: How Europe can get the Germany it needs. Subsequently, ECFR Berlin hosted a panel discussion on Europe and the re-discovery of the German nation-state. Among the panelists were German philosopher Jürgen Habermas and former foreign minister Joschka Fischer.
In May 2011, ECFR Berlin hosted a conference for renowned historians and sociologists: From a European Germany to a German Europe? Germany's way into the 21st Century: 1949 – 1989 – 2009.
In June 2011, ECFR published What does Germany think about Europe?, (Was Denkt Deutschland?) a collection of essays by German experts on politics, law, sociology, philosophy and the media, edited by Ulrike Guérot and Jacqueline Hénard. To mark the publication of this important contribution to the German debate, ECFR organized a launch event at the French Embassy in Berlin, accompanied by a lively panel discussion with Cem Özdemir (federal chairman of the Green Party), Thomas Silberhorn (CSU MP active on EU affairs), Jacob Augstein (Der Freitag), Prof. Dr. Michael Stürmer (historian and publicist) as well as the Polish ambassador Dr. Marek Prawda.
In December 2011, the series continued with the panel event Markets Meet Politics, a discussion about what measures would be essential to save the Euro. Chaired by Sebastian Dullien (ECFR Senior Policy Fellow and Professor for Economics at the HTW Berlin), the panel consisted of Georg Schuh (CIO of DeAM), Anja Mikus (Managing Director and CIO, Union Investment), Sven Giegold (MdEP, member of the committee for economics and currency) and Thomas Hanke (Handelsblatt).
In February 2012, ECFR published The long shadow of ordoliberalism: Germany´s approach to the euro crisis by Ulrike Guérot and Sebastian Dullien.
In March 2012, ECFR and Stiftung Mercator hosted two panel discussions: the first on the topic More Europe for Germany? Chaired by Ulrike Guérot, the speakers included Wolfgang Schäuble (German finance minister), Jürgen Trittin (MP and chairman of the Green parliamentary group), Heinrich August Winkler (Emeritus Professor of Modern History at the Humboldt University) and Armin von Bogandy (director of the Max Planck Institute for International and Public Law). The second panel discussion centred on the question of whether the German model should be adopted as the European model with contributions by ECFR director Mark Leonard, Green party MP Gerhard Schick and CSU MP Thomas Silberhorn.
After these events, the series took a more international approach, examining Germany’s bilateral relations with strategic partners and the implications these have for Europe and European Foreign Policy in particular. This part of the series started in April 2012 with the panel discussion The Future of the Franco-German Tandem. The panelists included Michael Link (German minister for Europe), Daniel Cohn-Benditt (MEP), Jean-Louis Bianco (MP, Parti Socialiste), Dr Johann Wadephul (MP, CDU) and Sylvie Goulard (MEP). Shortly afterwards, Ulrike Guérot and Thomas Klau jointly published the ECFR Policy Brief After Merkozy: How France and Germany Can Make Europe Work.
Subsequently, after the publication of the ECFR Policy Brief China and Germany: Why the Emerging Special Relationship Matters for Europe by Hans Kundnani and Jonas Parello-Plesner in May 2012, the ECFR and Stiftung Mercator used the occasion of the bilateral government consultations between China and Germany in September 2012 to host a panel discussion on the topic Change Through Trade? at the Dutch embassy in Berlin. This lively debate was chaired by Ralf Neukirch (Der Spiegel) and included the panelists Ruprecht Polenz (MP, head of foreign affairs committee), Johannes Pflug (MP, head of German-Chinese parliamentary group), Jörn Rohde (head of East Asia section, MfA) and Oliver Wieck (head of foreign trade, German Industrial Association).
The Germany in Europe programme will continue with a series of further publications and events.
Since its launch, Ulrike and other colleagues have been widely quoted in major media outlets in Europe and beyond, including The Financial Times, The Economist, Newsweek, Spiegel, Le Monde and the BBC. Please see our In the Press section for more details. Ulrike and other colleagues regularly contribute Germany in Europe related blog pieces.
Sebastian Dullien on the new German coalition's implications for the eurozone
An ECFR publication is mentioned in this Project Syndicate article about the Myth of German Euroskepticism.
ECFR's commentary on euroscpeticism is quoted. Article available in many languages.
Our experts analyzing German elections on Il Foglio
Piotr Buras writes on the results of elections in Germany