Policy priorities of the German Presidency – A Cicero/AMO overview

Today marks the start of Germany taking over the rotating Presidency of the Council of the European Union for the 13th time since 1957. The last time Germany held the role, in 2007, Europe’s political and economic landscape looked rather different – before the economic crisis, before the Lisbon Treaty came into force, and while the EU was still acquiring new members rather than losing them.

Despite this being her second time at chairing the Council, Chancellor Angela Merkel does not face an easy ride. Even before Covid-19 disrupted the agenda, Germany was facing difficult talks between fractious Member States on the EU’s next seven-year budget, and the responsibility of steering the EU-UK FTA negotiations to a conclusion before the end of the year. As an experienced and pragmatic EU player, Merkel is however well-placed to coordinate the tricky discussions facing Member States over the next six months and to broker compromises where they are needed.

The Cicero/AMO team has prepared a short overview detailing the priorities of the German Presidency.

Click here or scroll down to read Cicero/AMO’s analysis of the German Presidency of the Council.

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