France/Franco-German Relations Program

The DGAP’s program on France/ Franco-German relations is an academically serious and highly connected establishment geared toward policy makers and the public. It was founded in 1989.

The program team’s focus remains French foreign policy and French European policy, but it is increasingly taking the main themes of French domestic policy into account as well. In addition, the program continues its ongoing analysis of Franco-German relations, giving particular attention to how the two countries function within the European context and their areas of cooperation within the 28-member European Union.

On broader questions of European policy, the program on France/ Franco-German relations sees itself as an organization capable of mediating between French and German positions.

The program organizes meetings of experts several times a year as part of its regular Discussion Groups on France and Franco-German Relations. In addition to panel discussions geared toward the public, it also organizes informal sessions. It regularly publishes at the research institute on themes of relevance to Franco-German relations in the “DGAPanalysis” format, in addition to making its research available to a wider public through professional journals and the general media.

Current Areas of Focus


  • Sustaining Multilateralism in a Multipolar World

    What France and Germany Can Do to Preserve the Multilateral Order

    von Claire Demesmay, Claudia Schmucker, Elvire Fabry, Carole Mathieu, Eric-André Martin
    Notes du Cerfa, No. 148, Ifri, June 2019, Claire Demesmay, Barbara Kunz, (ed.), 32 pp.

    Sustaining Multilateralism in a Multipolar World

    While international multilateralism is under strain, it is vital for France and Germany to defend it, since it is the most appropriate system for preserving their interests – particularly in terms of welfare, security, prosperity and environmental protection. Against this backdrop, three political fields offer opportunities for joint initiatives: trade, conventional arms control and climate change.

  • Straddling between Optimism and Mistrust

    France’s Youth Doubts Reform Successes

    von Julie Hamann, Sara Jakob | France, Reform
    DGAPanalysis 7 (November 2018), 11 pp.

    Straddling between Optimism and Mistrust

    For many young people in France, President Macron’s reforms failed to alleviate their social anxieties. Unemployment remains high, employment conditions precarious, and what started as a protest against new fuel taxes quickly spilled over to other reform areas including social policy. Macron will need to gain the youngsters’ trust ahead of the European Parliament election – not least because its outcome will decisively shape his domestic credibility, and consequently, his political fate.

  • A difficult convergence: Franco-German cooperation during the refugee crisis

    von Claire Demesmay | Migration
    Annuaire français des relations internationales 2018, volume XIX, pp. 455-467

    Migration and asylum policies in Europe point to a tension between the need for cooperation and the willingness to ensure national interests. Covering two distinct phases, which are articulated around Summer 2015, this article analyses how France and Germany have dealt with this tension. It examines both the bilateral dimension of their relationship and its impact in the European context, in order to define the criteria for successful Franco-German cooperation.