MERCATOR Publication 2019

More Than Just a Ticking Clock: The New Franco-German Parliamentary Assembly

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Caspar Kolster, Isotta Ricci Bitti, Chiara Rosselli and Ronith Schalast

MERCATOR Publication (2019)

On March 25, the Franco-German Parliamentary Assembly met in Paris for the first time. Richard Ferrand, the president of France’s National Assembly called it a “historic day.” This new institution has received little media attention, but it is the result of an unprecedented collaboration between two parliaments at the heart of the European project. If administered innovatively, it could set a precedent in the field of interparliamentary dialogue in Europe, showcasing how the future of cooperation can count on other champions than governments.