European Sovereignty in a New Era: Franco-German Perspectives
On Monday, June 27th 2022, the Franco-German Dialogue annual summer event took place in a hybrid format for the first time. High-level guest speakers from the Political and Academic spheres came together to discuss the future of the European Union in the context of an energy crisis, but also at a time when the concept European Sovereignty is challenged. French and German high-ranking representatives exchanged views on matters of energy, sovereignty, cooperation and security within the EU.
The first panel, composed of Reinhard Houben (Member of the Bundestag, FDP), Philippe Martin (Professor at Sciences Po) and Moritz Schularick (Professor at Bonn University), introduced by Franziska Brantner (Federal Ministry of Economics and Climate Protection) and moderated by French journalist Cécile Boutelet discussed the repercussions of the energy crisis and how to deal with it. After a lively discussion on setting the right incentives, alleviating consequences for Europe while hitting Russia’s economy, building up societal resilience and fostering energy efficiency, the panelists outlined their proposals for Franco-German projects for more European sovereignty. Among them were transnationally coordinated rationing protocols for gas, shared gas storages, a build-up in electricity infrastructure so as to better share and help out in case of electricity shortages, as well as common armament procurement in Europe.