The election of French President Emmanuel Macron last summer created new expectations towards the revitalisation of the French-German engine and a reformed leadership of the European Union. In this context, the V4 countries need to find ways to recalibrate their relationship with France in order to defend their own interests. The developments toward of a multi-speed Europe, the divergence on economic, social or security issues may hamper the functioning of the V4 and pose a challenge to its unity and common interests.
Which policy issues can provide a common platform for the V4 and France? Can the region and especially Hungary, Slovakia and the Czech Republic overcome its traditional distance from Paris? Are there issues which resonate with specific V4 states? Which are the most important differences, and can they be reconciled?
Max-Olivier Gonnet, Deputy director for Central and Eastern Europe and the Baltic States, Ministry of Europe and Foreign Affairs, France
Martin Michelot, Deputy director, EUROPEUM Institute for European Policy, Czech Republic
Pál Péter Schmitt, Director General, EU Coordination, Institutional and Legal Affairs, State Secretariat for the EU Affairs, Office of the Prime Minister of Hungary
The event will be moderated by Edit Inotai, Senior Fellow, CEID Centre for Euro-Atlantic Integration and Democracy, Hungary
The event will be in English. Please note that the Chatam House Rule will apply at the event.
Cover picture: Statue of Liberty, Budapest, Hungary. Photo: (CC BY-SA 4.0) Hu Totya; The flag of the European Union, Photo: (CC BY-SA 2.0) MPD01605; Montage.
The Centre for Euro-Atlantic Integration and Democracy (CEID) has launched a series of discussions on current European issues, supported by ERSTE Foundation and the National Cooperation Fund (NEA). It aims to discuss vital challenges of the European integration from a Hungarian perspective. Its purpose is to organise constructive and open debates about our common European future by inviting politicians and experts from and beyond Hungary.
The discussion on “New Dimensions – The relationship between the V4 and France” is co-organized with EUROPEUM Institute for European Policy, The French Institute and the Embassy of France to Hungary in the framework of EUROPEUM’s “Charting a new path for a reinforced and improved V4-France cooperation” project.