Against the backdrop of the UK’s departure from the EU and the incoming Biden administration, participants assess what role the E3 could now play, from efficient crisis-management mechanism to more established forum for long-term policy discussions.
The workshop assesses the strengths and weaknesses of the E3 to-date, discusses each participating country’s appetite for further engagement, and examines which policy topics could benefit from being approached in an E3 format.
This is the first workshop of a new Chatham House-IFRI-DGAP project, supported by the Hanns Seidel Stiftung, which aims to establish a constructive policy debate on the challenges and opportunities of the E3 format and provide actionable policy recommendations for meaningful E3 cooperation.
- To what extent is future E3 cooperation dependent on the continuation of the Iran nuclear diplomacy?
- To what extent has the broadening of the E3 agenda been successful?
- And to what degree does past E3 cooperation provide lessons for its future agenda and functioning?
- Is the most effective role for the E3 to act as a crisis-management forum?
- To what extent can a longer-term perspective be added? On what issues can the E3 be helpful in the short-term?
- What additional topics could benefit from being approached in an E3 format?
- What are the key triggers for broader and deeper E3 cooperation?
- How is the ambition for the E3 best arranged for the future?
Eric André Martin, Secretary General, Study Committee on Franco-German Relations (Cerfa), French Institute of International Relations (IFRI)
Dr Christian Mölling, Research Director and Head of the Security and Defence Program, German Council on Foreign Relations (DGAP)
Alice Billon-Galland, Research Associate, Europe Programme, Chatham House
Chair: Professor Richard G. Whitman, Associate Fellow, Europe Programme, Chatham House