Russia’s war of aggression against Ukraine marks a “Zeitenwende”, a change of times, with profound consequences for the future of the EU. The fundamental crisis of the European security architecture has become the major test for the traffic light coalition’s European policy which assumed office in December 2021 with plans to chart a new European policy course after the long chancellorship of Angela Merkel.
What new impulses has the coalition been able to set so far? How have the priorities changed in response to Russia’s war of aggression, and which challenges are emerging? How can Germany resolve the tensions with its European partners, for instance on overcoming the energy crisis, and assume a leadership role in the formulation of urgently needed reforms?
In a confidential discussion, experts discussed these and other questions with Dr Anton Hofreiter, the Chair of the European Union Affairs Committee of the German Bundestag.
After a welcoming address by the IEP’s Director Dr Funda Tekin, Julian Rappold, Research Advisor to the Directors, took over the moderation. The event was kindly supported by the German Federal Foreign Office, the European Commission, the Otto Wolff Stiftung and the Stiftung Mercator.