A New Strategy for European Health Policy

04/10/2018 | by Anna-Lena Kirch, Daniela Braun

DGAPanalyse 6 (September 2018), 25 pp.

Category: Health

Germany considers itself a leading European power that utilizes its influence to promote EU cohesion in the face of Brexit and numerous other crises. However, a different picture emerges in European health policy, an area that is not only being discussed as an essential part of the EU’s social dimension but also in the context of its security and development positioning: Far from shaping the discussion, Germany is at times even perceived as the brakeman to an effective European health policy.

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Portugal’s Finance Minister and Eurogroup President Mario Centeno (L), France’s Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire and Germany’s Health Minister Jens Spahn attend the European Union finance ministers meeting in Brussels, Belgium, March 2018.

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