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The Member States of the European Union

The Member States of the European Union (3rd edn)

Simon Bulmer and Christian Lequesne
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date: 01 July 2022

p. 1015. Germany: A German Europe or a Europeanized Germany?locked

p. 1015. Germany: A German Europe or a Europeanized Germany?locked

  • Timm Beichelt
  •  and Simon Bulmer

Abstract

This chapter examines Germany’s profile as a European Union member state. It is divided into two parts, looking at EU-Germany relations from both bottom-up and top-down perspectives. The first considers Germany’s increasing influence on the EU, notably during the eurozone and refugee crises. It considers the question of whether Germany has assumed the role of the EU’s hegemon. At the same time the chapter argues that Germany is a very Europeanized member state. It uses the comparative politics paradigm by considering public opinion on Europe, the European dimension of party politics, and the Federal Republic’s major political institutions and their role in European policy. The chapter concludes by reflecting on the two perspectives, seeking a balance between the arguments for a German Europe and a Europeanized Germany.

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