Tuesday, 14.12.2021 | 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm CET | Online via Zoom

Franco-German to-dos: What is the agenda for the post-election period?

What pressing issues do France and Germany need to jointly address in the coming year? Politics are in motion on both sides of the Rhine: While Germany is just about to form a new government, France looks towards presidential and national assembly elections in the first half of 2022. As political constellations change, new possibilities arise. Hélène Kohl (French Journalist), Sophie Pornschlegel (Senior Policy Analyst, EPC) and Cerstin Gammelin (Deputy Head of the Parliamentary Office of Süddeutsche Zeitung) discussed the upcoming Franco-German to dos as there is much to build on and even more to take care of, bilaterally and on the European level. State secretary Miguel Berger gave an input in the beginning of the event on this vital topic. The panel was moderated by Heidi Marleen Bräuer the project lead of our Franco German Dialogue series.

Learn more on the Franco-German Dialogue event series here.

The panel discussion is part of the Franco-German Dialogue Series funded by the Federal Foreign Office.

Statement by

Miguel Berger

  •  Miguel Berger has been Secretary of State at the Federal Foreign Office since May 2020. Previously, he was Director General for Economic Affairs and Sustainable Development at the Federal Foreign Office. 


Sophie Pornschlegel

  • Sophie Pornschlegel is a Senior Policy Analyst at the European Policy Centre in Brussels. She works on democracy, civil society and the rule of law in the EU as well as Franco-German relations. 

Hélène Kohl

  • Hélène Kohl has been a Berlin correspondent since 2003, working for Radio Europe 1 and the weekly "Journal du Dimanche," among others. In 2007, she received the Franco-German Journalism Award for a radio report on the 2006 World Cup in Germany. Currently, she produces the podcast "La Politik après Merkel" together with the Franco-German Institute.

Cerstin Gammelin

  • Cerstin Gammelin is a German journalist who wrote for Der Spiegel, Financial Times Germany and Die Zeit mainly on the topic of economics. In 2008, she was the European correspondent for the Süddeutsche Zeitung in Brussels and since 2015 she is deputy editorial director for economic policy at the Süddeutsche Zeitung's parliamentary office in Berlin.


Heidi Marleen Bräuer

  • Heidi Marleen Bräuer is Project Lead for the new Franco-German Dialogue Series at the Jacques Delors Centre. Prior, she was Communications Manager at the Jacques Delors Centre.

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