French-German Relations since the Elysee Treaty
A conversation with
H.E. Werner Wnendt, Ambassador of Germany, and
H.E. Philippe Zeller, Ambassador of France
The event was supported by a grant from the European Union
April 4, 2013 3:00pm – 4:15pm
Senate Room, 608 Robertson Hall
France and Germany fought three wars between 1870 and 1945. Since then, a close partnership has grown between the two countries.
This Franco-German reconciliation, which formed the nucleus of European integration, was formally cemented in the Elysée Treaty, concluded in 1963.
On the occasion of the Elysée Treaty’s 50th anniversary, the Ambassadors of France and Germany will reflect on the history of Franco-German relations, but also on contemporary challenges, including the Eurozone financial crisis, policies to promote economic growth and social cohesion, and prospects for “deepening” and “widening” European integration.
H.E. Philippe Zeller was appointed Ambassador of France to Canada in August 2011. Before this appointment, Philippe Zeller served as Ambassador of France to the Republic of Indonesia from 2008 to 2011, before which he was Ambassador of France to Hungary (2004-2007).
During the same period, he also represented France in the Democratic Republic of Timor-Leste and at the General Secretariat of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations.
He has also served as Ambassador-at-Large for Environmental Issues (2000-2001), Second Counsellor at the Embassy of France to Morocco (1986-1988), and Head of the Cooperation Mission at the Embassy of France in Seychelles (1984-1986).
H.E. Werner Wnendt was appointed Ambassador of the Federal Republic of Germany to Canada in September 2012.
Prior to assuming his present position, he served as Associate Deputy Minister for Culture and Communication at the Federal Foreign Office in Berlin.
From 2005 until 2007, Mr. Wnendt was head of the OSCE mission in Kosovo, having previously completed an assignment as Senior Deputy High Representative of the International Community to Bosnia and Herzegovina from 2003 to 2005. Between 2000 and 2003, Mr. Wnendt served as a foreign adviser to Germany’s Federal President, and from 1998, he was Deputy Head of Mission at the German Embassy to the Czech Republic.
Before that, he was Chef de Cabinet to the Minister of State for European Integration in Germany’s Federal Government from 1995.
Podcast interview with French and German Ambassadors
On April 4, 2013, journalist Roger Smith moderated a conversation between the German and French Ambassadors as a part of the European Perspectives Lecture Series.
This event was entitled “French-German Relations since the Elysee Treaty,” and the focus of the conversation was the development of their respective countries’ relationship since the Elysee Treaty was signed in 1963, but also touched on the current state of the European Union in light of the Eurocrisis. H.E. Werner Wnendt and H.E. Philippe Zeller were forthcoming in their discussion of relations and spoke frankly about their confidence in the European Union to weather this current trouble.
You can now listen to the podcast of an interview conducted by CES Research Assistant Anca Gurzu.
(Source: Carleton University)