E3: Past practice, future prospects

Join French, German and British policymakers and experts to discuss the current state of E3 cooperation and take stock of each country’s expectations for the format.


Research event Invitation only
27 January 2021 — 1:00PM TO 3:00PM

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

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