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What political union for Europe?
France - 03/04/2013
To mark the 50th anniversary of the Elysée Treaty, and at a time when, with the Cypriot crisis the euro zone crisis is back at the centre of the news, the Master's Programme on European Affairs association at Sciences Po organised a conference on 3rd April 2013 in Paris on the topic: "Is political union a priority for Europe? Differences in concepts and visions between France, Germany and its European partners" Jean-Dominique Giuliani, President of the Robert Schuman Foundation, was on the debating panel, alongside Christian Lequesne, director of the CERI-Sciences Po, Christopher Bickerton, professor at Sciences Po and Marion Gaillard, lecturer at Sciences Po.


Within the context of the festivities to mark the 50th anniversary of the Elysée Treaty, the Master's Programme on European Affairs association at Sciences Po organised a conference on the topic: "Is political union a priority for Europe? Differences in concepts and visions between France, Germany and its European partners" Jean-Dominique Giuliani, President of the Robert Schuman Foundation, was on the debating panel, alongside Christian Lequesne, director of the CERI-Sciences Po, Christopher Bickerton, professor at Sciences Po and Marion Gaillard, lecturer at Sciences Po.

Jean-Dominique Giuliani explained first that, within the crisis context, there are many who are wondering about the purpose of the European Union. Germany in particular is seeking to move towards a more political Europe. For the President of the Robert Schuman Foundation this union necessarily means an increase in the powers of the European Parliament.

Finally, he insisted on the fact that the Franco-German couple must work together better in order to overcome the current crisis and improve the way the Union works as a whole. He also underlined the fact that Franco-German dialogue is currently regressing.


From left to right : C. Bickerton, C. Lequesne, J.D. Giuliani, M. Gaillard, J.M. Lamarque



From left to right : C. Lequesne, J.D. Giuliani, M. Gaillard



From left to right : C. Bickerton, C. Lequesne, J.D. Giuliani, M. Gaillard, J.M. Lamarque