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EUROPE WEEK: Germany's fragile leadership in Europe


EUROPE WEEK: Germany's fragile leadership in Europe

Series: The Future of Diplomacy Project
Open to the Public - Allison Dining Room, Taubman Building-5th Floor
February 25, 2016
4:15-6:00 p.m.

Moderator: Cathryn Clüver
Discussant: Ulrich Speck, Senior Fellow, Transatlantic Academy


In a European Union driven apart by centrifugal forces, Germany has emerged as a - if not the - leading nation in the 28-country bloc, able to marshal critical negotiations on the future of the Eurozone, pushing for a compromise solution on the migration crisis,and pursuing Germany's and Europe's international objectives with respect to fragile states to the Union's South and the relationship with Russia in the East. Praised for this role in the international press, domestically this role is contested - still seen with considerable concern. Similarly, European partners see a number of German efforts to address volatilities as a country overstepping its boundaries, usurping their authority. Dr. Uli Speck, EU and Germany expert will address a number of critical questions around Germany's changing leadership role in the European Union and in global affairs with Future of Diplomacy Project Executive Director, Cathryn Cluver.

Speaker Info:

Dr. Ulrich Speck is a Senior Fellow at the Transatlantic Academy in Washington, DC. His work is focused on German and EU foreign policy, the EU's relations with Eastern Europe and Russia, and transatlantic relations. From 2013 to 2015 Speck was a Visiting Scholar at Carnegie Europe in Brussels and a foreign policy columnist for Swiss newspaper Neue Zürcher Zeitung. He has been an Associate at FRIDE, Madrid; the editor of the Global Europe Morning Brief, a subscriber-only newsletter on EU foreign policy; and worked for RFE/RL in Prague and Brussels. From 2000 to 2005 he was a senior editor at Frankfurter Rundschau, a German newspaper. Speck has co-edited three books (in German): On the Revolution of 1848/89 (1998), American Empire (2003), and New Anti-Semitism (2004). He holds a PhD in modern history from the University of Frankfurt and was a member of the Graduate College for the history of law at Frankfurt University from 1992-95.


Future of Diplomacy Project Executive Director
Cathryn Cluver One Brattle Square, Mailbox 134 Cambridge, MA 02138
Harvard Kennedy School
Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs
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