All Eyes on France? Why the French Elections Matter (for Germany)
- Martin Michelot, Director of Research, EUROPEUM Institute for European Policy, Prague
- Martin Quencez, Fellow, Security and Defense, The German Marshall Fund of the United States, Paris Office
None of the recent major electoral campaigns have been boring, and the tight presidential race in France is no exception. Eleven, mostly Eurosceptic, candidates will compete in the first round of elections on April 23rd amidst growing internal and external threats to the European integration project. As French presidential elections are both uncertain and decisive for Europe's future, Berlin is deeply concerned with the possible results, as it relies on France as a partner in relaunching the post-Brexit European project and to weigh in on the Trump administration. Europe and Trump remain the main dividing lines for foreign policy in this campaign, with the debate about France's future within the EU front and center.
The Berlin Chapter of GMF’s Young Transatlantic Network invites you to join us for a discussion on the outcomes of the first round of elections in France with Martin Michelot, director of research at the EUROPEUM Institute for European Policy in Prague and Martin Quencez, GMF fellow for security and defense. Our discussants will also provide an assessment of what to expect for the second round of elections at the beginning of May.