As Germany prepares to take over the rotating Presidency of the Council of the European Union in July, Central and Eastern European Member States are placing their hopes in Berlin’s ability as an honest broker for the region’s specific views and interests.
With the recovery efforts from the Corona-crisis taking front stage, the German Presidency will have to steer the European bloc through the troubled waters of facilitating the conclusion of the MFF negotiations, harmonising views on the implementation of the European Green Deal, limiting Brexit fallout and addressing the growing problem of upholding democracy and the rule of law, among many other priorities. But where does Central Eastern Europe fit into all this? How do CEE member states position themselves towards the most pressing issues facing the German EU Presidency? What are the main challenges when it comes to avoid rifts within the EU? And how can CEE help Germany to make its Presidency a success?
Radu Magdin, Political Analyst and Author of the Study
Ambassador Lazar Comanescu, former Minister of Foreign Affairs, Romania
Dr. Kai-Olaf Lang, Senior Fellow, German Institute for International and Security Affairs (SWP-Berlin)
Juliane Schulte, FES Representative in Romania and the Republic of Moldova
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