The Franco-German Axis in European Integration

The Franco-German Axis in European Integration

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  • 製本 Hardcover:ハードカバー版/ページ数 197 p.
  • 言語 ENG
  • 商品コード 9781858983608
  • DDC分類 327.44043

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In the latter part of a turbulent century for Europe, France and Germany have been at the forefront of the developments that have shaped both Western and Eastern Europe. Having initiated and controlled economic and monetary union, the greater goal is now that of further European integration, and the Franco-German dynamic is likely to be crucial again in the success or failure of achieving this.The Franco-German Axis in European Integration examines the effectiveness and durability of the Franco-German relationship in European integration, tracing this important partnership through many political and economic disparities. This study goes on to assess the role of these two states in the challenges now facing the Union; from EMU, to the process of stabilising its eastern borders, and from enlargement of the Union, to the struggle to agree on a common foreign security policy.This volume will appeal as much to policymakers and interest groups as it will to scholars, students, and researchers in the field of European studies and international relations.

Table of Contents

Abbreviations                                      vii
Preface ix
PART I THE PLAYERS 1 (54)
Introduction 3 (15)
French self-perceptions of France's role in 18 (17)
Europe: A historical perspective
The `German' conception of Germany 35 (20)
Background 35 (3)
Phase I: The politics of dependence 38 (2)
Phase II: Period of trade-offs 40 (8)
Phase III: A 'new' German Europa-Politik? 48 (7)
PART II THE POLICIES 55 (118)
Economic and Monetary Union (EMU): A 57 (36)
Franco-German compromise?
Introduction 57 (1)
EMU: Setting the framework 58 (21)
Post-Maastricht conflicts 79 (6)
The new German government and EMU 85 (2)
Conclusion 87 (6)
The forging of a common foreign and security 93 (49)
policy
Introduction 93 (3)
Vagaries of Franco-German relations in the 96 (18)
development of a European foreign policy
The security aspect of a European common 114(11)
foreign policy: Landmarks and problems
Franco-German positions on some key policy 125(9)
issues: Iraq, Bosnia, Kosovo
Armaments cooperation 134(3)
Conclusion 137(5)
The enlargement of the European Union 142(31)
Introduction 142(4)
France, Germany and enlargement: 146(7)
Similarities and differences
The impact of enlargement: The issues 153(5)
Agenda 2000 158(8)
Conclusion 166(7)
PART III THE OUTCOME 173(18)
Conclusion 175(10)
Postscript: Roger Morgan 185(6)
Index 191