Franco-German jumelage at UN Security Council

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In March and April 2019, France and Germany twinned their presidencies of the United Nations Security Council (UNSC). This so-called ‘jumelage’ was a priority deliverable of the Franco-German Treaty of Aachen, which seeks to deepen bilateral and EU foreign and security policy cooperation.

In this policy brief, we argue that the jumelage was an important symbolic gesture that facilitated bureaucratic coordination in New York. However, its symbolic value was tainted by bilateral quarrels over UNSC reform and its political reach was limited. France and Germany should jointly address the core problem limiting the EU’s voice in New York and the world: the principle of unanimity in Brussels.