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Yann Wernert assesses the official state visit of President Macron in the German, French and international media

The three-day visit raised a lot of media interest, in particular given the recent difficulties in the relationship between the two countries, as our Senior Policy Fellow analyses in numerous outlets

Berlin, Dresden and Muenster were the destinations of President Macron during the first official state visit to Germany by a French Head of State in 24 years. His three-day visit started at the Festival of Democracy on the occasion of the 75th anniversary of the German Basic Law, where President Macron, in company of German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier, also met with Prof. Cornelia Woll, President of the Hertie School, Jacques Delors Centre Co-Director Johannes Lindner, Deputy Director Thu Nguyen, our fellows Yann Wernert and Luise Quaritsch, Communications Manager Linda Hewitt, as well as members of the futurEU student initiative.

The visit to the festival was followed by a bilateral cabinet meeting with German Chancellor Olaf Scholz at Schloss Meseberg near Berlin. "There are tensions in the German-French relationship but in part precisely because they have dealt with some difficult topics," Yann Wernert, expert for Franco-German relations, told Reuters. The agency report was published in more than 80 international news outlets, including the Times of India and the Emirates News Agency WAM.

In the French-speaking media, Wernert commented on the unique bilateral relationship in Le Temps and Les Echos and spoke about the results that should follow the display of friendship in an interview with L’Opinion together with Claire Demesmay, Associate Researcher at the Marc Bloch Centre.

“Ideal conditions are rare, crises don’t wait and both governments are tasked to respond to the questions of our time and to help us through these challenges that are posed to Europe”, Wernert opens another interview with Arte, in which he discusses the recent difficulties between the two countries both in German and French. The full list of comments in the media by Yann Wernert can be found on his profile.