The French Identity Crisis
The French Identity Crisis

Debate Intensifies after the Attacks

by Claire Demesmay | France, Integration

What makes France French, and does French national identity have a future? What can and should be the role of religion in French society? And does France need new rules for peaceful coexistence within the community? These are the fundamental questions shaping the discussion on collective identity and social cohesion, a debate reignited by the terrorist attacks on Paris in January 2015.

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The 2015 TRAIN-Programme’s Midterm Seminar in Berlin

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How can democratic institutions be strengthened in the Western Balkans? Participants of the 2015 TRAIN-Programme are working hard on answering this question. Following the successful opening seminar in Belgrade earlier this year, representatives from think tanks in Albania, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Kosovo, Macedonia, Montenegro and Serbia gathered in Berlin July 23-27 to present and discuss the progress of their research projects.


Europe’s Energy Security and Russian Gas Supplies

Prospects for Building an Energy Union and the Sanctions against Russia Dominate Discussions about the EU’s Energy Security

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While political and public concerns about the reliability of Russian gas supplies have been driving the debate about the EU’s energy security for several years, the conflict in Ukraine and the European Commission’s proposal to establish an energy union have furthered it significantly. In order to discuss the latest developments, the DGAP and the Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom invited a panel of experts to assess the EU’s current energy security prospects.

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