WORKSHOP ‘The French Presidency of the EU and the State of Europe’

Convened by Alienor Ballangé (Goethe University Frankfurt), Hartmut Mayer (ESC) and Yves Sintomer (MFO)
Organised in collaboration with the European Studies Centre (ESC) of St Antony’s College


Register in advance for this webinar:  After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.


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.


PANEL 1: The State of the EU. Chair: Hartmut Mayer
Samuel B.H. Faure (Sciences Po Saint-Germain/MFO): The defence and external policy of the EU
Eli Gateva (DPIR Oxford): Strengthening democracy in the EU and the Western Balkans
Kalypso Nicolaïdis (EUI Florence): The Conference on the future of Europe


PANEL 2: France in the EU. Chair: Yves Sintomer
Aliénor Ballangé  (University of Frankfurt/OxPo): The French genealogy of the European integration: From Paul Reuter to Jacques Delors
Olivier de France (St Antony’s College/IRIS): France and Europe's Foreign Policy Identity
Olivier Costa (CEVIPOF/College of Europe, Bruges): French conceptions of the political regime of the Union – an analysis of the investiture of the von der Leyen Commission
Pauline Schnapper (Paris Sorbonne Nouvelle): The post-Brexit Franco-British bilateral relationship