The Warsaw Institute and The Warsaw Institute Review are pleased to invite you to watch the record of the debate “Will the German presidency of the EU implement the French strategy?”, which took place on August 12, i.e. on Wednesday at 20:00.
The event was attended by:
Dr hab. prof. UW Tomasz Grzegorz Grosse – lecturer at the Department of European Union Policies at the University of Warsaw. He specializes in the analysis of economic policies of the EU and in the Member States, as well as in Europeanization and theoretical thought of European integration
Paweł Wiejski – European affairs analyst at Polityka Insight. He specializes in Polish foreign policy, internal policy of EU countries and sectoral issues (including climate, migration, transport)
The meeting was chaired by Izabela Wojtyczka – Editor-in-Chief of The Warsaw Institute Review.
An output for the discussion was the text of prof. Tomasz Grzegorz Grosse, “The French Vision of Europe’s Future”, which was published in the 2020’s first issue of The Warsaw Institute Review quarterly.
In the introduction by prof. Grosse, he started with his own thoughts on the ongoing German presidency of the European Union. His assessment provides for two possible scenarios: Germany, implementing not only its but also French plans, will strive to strengthen the so-called Paris – Berlin locomotive. The second option is to pursue exclusively German interests in opposition to Macron, who is trying to build an alliance with them. Paweł Wiejski, in turn, began his speech with a reference to the article by prof. Grosse. Then he presented common interests as well as differences of opinion between the French and the Germans. In his opinion, these countries have common goals so that it is possible for Germany to implement French ideas as long as they are in line with Berlin’s policy.
Later in the program, the meeting host talked with the invited guests about Emmanuel Macron’s policy towards the countries of Central and Eastern Europe and the advancing mechanism of creating the so-called “two-speed Europe”. The topics of the so-called “rule of law” mechanism, the fiscal policy of the Member States and the Extraordinary Summit of the European Council in July this year were also discussed. Finally, as in every event of The Warsaw Institute Review, there was a Q&A session during which viewers had the opportunity to ask questions to the speakers. The invited guests were asked, among others, about the idea of new EU taxes related to emission limits and the European Union’s reaction to the events in Belarus.
We encourage you to watch the recording on Youtube!