The future of the European Union – a German perspective

Germany's Chancellor Angela Merkel (photo:dpa)
Germany's Chancellor Angela Merkel (photo:dpa)

How does Germany want the EU to look in the next five or even 20 years? In the second of a series on the EU we look at German politics which has traditionally been the most ‘pro-European’ both in rhetoric and practice among the larger EU members. Today, as a consequence of the financial crisis in Europe, Germany has to assume a leadership role in reshaping the EU.

GERMAN post-war politics in European affairs has shown a remarkable continuity – governments both of the centre-right and the centre-left have always seen an ‘ever closer union’ as their undisputed goal.

And with no ‘Eurosceptic’ political party in opposition, more European integration has b...

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