EU-China Relations after the German Elections – WG4 roundtable

The relations between the EU and China have become strained in the past few years. In the context of the US-China trade war and apparent decoupling processes the EU seems to face difficult choices. Atlantic loyalty or closer trade with China? A mediator role? The EU as a third power? The Merkel-government has been trying to strike a balance between the opposing sides and interests, but this policy might not be sustainable. How will the German elections affect Germany’s foreign policy? How might the presumably new German foreign policy shape EU-China relations? And what wider geopolitical implications we need to reckon with? These are the questions for the upcoming CHERN roundtable discussion with top experts.

The event took place on
December 6th, 2021
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Nadine Godehardt

German Institute for International and Security Affairs

Philippe Le Corre

Philippe Le Corre

Harvard Kennedy School

Carnegie Endowment for International Peace


John Ryan


Nadine Godehardt is Senior Associate of the Research Division Asia at the German Institute for International and Security Affairs (Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik, SWP) in Berlin. She frequently travels to Asia and has worked extensively on China’s foreign policy discourse and global connectivity politics. Nadine holds a PhD (Dr. phil.) in Political Science from the University of Hamburg and she obtained a Master Degree in Political Science, Philosophy and Sinology at the University of Tuebingen.

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Philippe Le Corre is a Research Fellow with the Harvard Kennedy School and a nonresident Senior Fellow with the Asia and Europe Programs at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. He previously served as a Fellow with The Brookings Institution, and as a Senior Adviser to the French Minister of Defense. Previously, he also reported from China and Southeast Asia as a Foreign Correspondent for a decade. His work includes China’s Offensive in Europe (Brookings Press, 2016), and various reports and papers such as:


Personal website

Professor John Ryan is a Network Research Fellow at CESifo, Munich, Germany. He is a Senior Partner at a consultancy which advises private and public sector organizations on COVID-19/Brexit contingency planning. He previously was a Fellow at LSE IDEAS – London School of Economics and Political Science and St Edmund’s College, University of Cambridge. His work includes discourse on the Renminbi’s role in a tripolar monetary regime and the impact of Brexit on China’s foreign policy in relation to the EU and UK.


The discussion was moderated by WG4 Coordinator Agota Revesz

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