At a time of global upheaval, the relationship between the EU and UK is seemingly more fragile than ever. While the shape of a post-Brexit relationship hangs in the balance, new challenges have emerged in recent months including the ongoing coronavirus crisis and the increasingly volatile relationship with China over issues such as 5G and unrest in Hong Kong. In this context, a cohesive E3 relationship is becoming more crucial as an agile mechanism for action.
As Germany assumes the presidency of the Council of the EU, German ambassador to the UK, Andreas Michaelis, will offer his thoughts on the future of the E3 and the ambitions of the German presidency over the next six months. Can close foreign policy coordination between Germany, France and the UK work effectively outside of the EU framework and is there impetus to do so? How will the ongoing negotiations pan out taking into account a shifting world order and an increasingly strained transatlantic relationship? And what are the priorities of the German presidency as it looks to manoeuvre the EU through the current crisis and into the future?
Andreas Michaelis, German Ambassador to the United Kingdom
Chair: Dr Robin Niblett CMG, Director and Chief Executive, Chatham House