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The Future of the European Union: A Perspective from Berlin

12 October 2017 - 8:15am to 9:30am

Chatham House, London


Dr Martin Heipertz, Senior Official, German Federal Ministry of Finance; Former Adviser to Wolfgang Schäuble and Jean-Claude Juncker
Chair: Quentin Peel, Associate Fellow, Europe Programme, Chatham House



Now the elections are over in France and Germany, and Brexit negotiations are under way in Brussels, the EU has started once again to focus on fundamental institutional reform. Emmanuel Macron has spelt out a radical pitch for a stronger EU, including a military intervention force, a European counterterrorism agency, a eurozone budget and eurozone finance minister. Jean-Claude Juncker has outlined his own ideas, including a joint presidency of the European Council and Commission, and a eurozone finance minister. In Germany, however, Angela Merkel faces difficult negotiations to forge a new coalition. Will that restrict her room for manoeuvre on EU reform, especially in the eurozone, and on Brexit?

In this session, the speaker will discuss, in a personal capacity, about how he sees the challenges and prospects for EU reform. Has Brexit cleared the way for a big step forward? And will a reformed EU be able to forge a ‘deep and special’ partnership with the UK?

This is part of a series run by the Europe Programme on ‘Britain and Europe: The Post-Referendum Agenda’.

Attendance at this event is by invitation only.