Managing Europe’s Recovery Without Losing Sight of Political Priorities: The German EU Council Presi

Region: European Union

This Agora Executive Briefing assess the political and economic priorities of German during the presidency of the EU council and dives into the political power shift in the aftermath of budget negotiations. Germany’s EU Council presidency from July to December 2020 raised expectations for Europe’s strongest economy to lead the EU and its member states out of imminent recession after the COVID-19 pandemic. At a moment of great power rivalry, the EU’s exit from this severe crisis will determine whether Europe remains a relevant political and economic global actor – and Germany with it.