What can global France achieve?

Exploring France’s evolving approach to Europe and European security.

Members event
12 July 2023 — 5:00PM TO 6:00PM
Chatham House and Online

What is France’s vision and agenda for EU strategic sovereignty in light of Macron’s Bratislava speech on Central and Eastern European countries? Are the dynamics of Franco-German relations and the larger European political community aligned with this vision?

This discussion explores France’s expectations and priorities for the upcoming NATO Vilnius Summit, specifically focusing on its changing perspectives on NATO and Ukraine’s membership. In the current geopolitical context, what does the concept of ‘European strategic autonomy’ signify?

After the March 2023 Summit, what is the current state of EU-UK relations and the broader scope of French bilateral cooperation?

The experts on the panel will discuss:

  • How has France’s approach to EU strategic sovereignty evolved, and what are its current vision and agenda for Europe?

  • What are the implications of Macron’s Bratislava speech for France’s relationship with Central and Eastern European countries, and how does it impact the concept of European enlargement?

  • What are France’s expectations and priorities for the upcoming NATO Vilnius Summit, particularly concerning NATO and Ukraine membership?

  • How can the concept of ‘European strategic autonomy’ be redefined and adapted to the current geopolitical context?

  • What are the main takeaways from the March 2023 Summit for the UK-France relationship, and how do they influence bilateral cooperation and EU-UK relations?

As with all member events, questions from the audience drive the conversation.

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