Mittwoch, 04. Juli 2007

European Common Foreign and Security Policy – The French Point of View

BÖLL LUNCH LECTURE

Datum, Uhrzeit
Mittwoch, 04. Juli 2007, 12.30 Uhr
In 2007 the EU Regional Office of the Heinrich Böll Foundation continues its “Böll Lunch Lectures” with a series on “European Common Foreign and Security as seen from various European Capitals”. Since the negative referendums in France and the Netherlands on the European Constitution, the future of CFSP is vague. Will the European Union revive the concepts of an EU Foreign minister and a European External Action Service (EEAS) as foreseen in the Constitution and, if not, what chances are there for a serious CFSP as long as decisions can be vetoed by any of the now 27 Member States?
After our BLLs dealing with the German, the UK and the Polish point of view, this fourth debate will focus on the backgrounds of French foreign and security policy and whether it will undergo any crucial changes under Sarkozy’s newly elected government. Sarkozy has already called for the six biggest EU Member States (Germany, France, Poland, Italy, Spain and the UK) to work out common approaches to key strategic issues like CFSP, a perspective which will not amuse the smaller member states. On the other hand, some observers expect a “neo-realist shift” in French foreign policies which may lead to a greater French involvement in Afghanistan or even a French renewal of NATO-membership. What will be the input of new foreign affairs minister, former UN Special Representative in Kosovo and advocate of the Iraq-invasion, Bernard Kouchner? How will the French “regime change” affect transatlantic relations?

Speakers:
- Philippe Moreau Defarges, Institut Français des relations internationals(IFRI), Paris, Senior Research Fellow and Co-editor of RAMSES at the French Institute of international Relations
- Claudia Major, Institut d'Etudes Politiques de Paris, France/ European Research Institute, University of Birmingham United Kingdom
Chair:
Claude Weinber, Director EU Regional Office Heinrich Böll Foundation