54th Anniversary of the Elysée Treaty Celebrated at the Goethe-Zentrum Atlanta
The Consulate General of the Federal Republic of Germany in Atlanta, the Consulate General of France in Atlanta, the Goethe-Zentrum Atlanta, and the Alliance Française d’Atlanta celebrated the 54th anniversary of the signing of the Elysée Treaty with the podium discussion "Europe: What’s Next? Elections in France and Germany."
German political analyst Dr. Dieter Dettke of Georgetown University and French journalist Maurin Picard, New York correspondent for Le Figaro shared their perspectives on the upcoming European elections and potential changes in the European political landscape. The discussion was moderated by Rickey Bevington, NPR host of the show “All Things Considered.”
Enlarge image (© Germany.info) Dr. Dettke explained the current situation in Germany and Europe, the upcoming elections in the Netherlands and France and a possible NEXIT or FREXIT after the BREXIT. He stated his belief that Chancellor Angela Merkel will get re-elected regardless of the nationalistic agendas of the right-wing political parties. He also gave general insights into the formation of the German government and how various parties might form coalitions and which strategies such coalitions might have.
Maurin Picard echoed Dr. Dettke’s sentiment that the EU government was too influential in trying to make everyone the same, i.e. determining a set length for all cucumbers. He also made some very poignant observations about candidate Marie le Pen and the shift to a more nationalistic agenda in France, which always had a more critical stance towards EU rules.
The presentations as well as other issues such as the European-American relationship after the US elections led to a lively discussion with the audience, which the 110 attendees continued during a wine-and-cheese reception.