Areas of Expertise

  • Franco-German relations
  • French domestic and European policy
  • Migration and integration policy in France and Germany
  • Citizenship and identity debates in Europe


German, English, French

Claire Demesmay has been head of DGAP’s Franco-German Relations Program since February 2009.

She was previously research assistant at the Study Committee for Franco-German Relations (Cerfa) at the Institut français des relations internationales (Ifri) in Paris from 2002 to 2009 and taught French and Francophone studies at the Technical University Dresden from 1998 to 2002.

Demesmay studied political philosophy in Dijon and at Paris-Sorbonne University. She earned her PhD within the framework of a French-German cotutelle on “Political Liberalism and the Future of the Nation-State” at Paris-Sorbonne University and the Center for French Studies at the Technical University of Berlin.

Claire Demesmay


In Search of the Next Partner

French President Emmanuel Macron has banked on Franco-German cooperation, an approach that finally proved successful in 2020. With Angela Merkel leaving the scene, he needs to build bridges to her potential successors, and quickly.

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