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Germany and Europe

European integration has remained a consti­tu­tional principal since the foundation of the Federal Republic of Germany. The partial shift of state sover­eignty from the national to the European level contributed substan­tially to achieving and sustaining peace and prosperity, as well as regaining inter­na­tional accep­tance and sover­eignty of Germany in inter­na­tional politics. Moreover, this shift of sover­eignty helped in reducing reser­va­tions of inter­na­tional partners vis-à-vis Germany that increased its centrality in European politics from the fifties until it was finally re-united in 1990.

Due to the Central and Eastern European countries (CEEC), the depen­dence of the German industry on trade export, the tradi­tional embedding into the European struc­tures which is also a conse­quence of German history, and because of Germany’s historical and moral oblig­ation towards the Central and Eastern European countries, the deepening and widening of the European Union was and remains a key interest of German foreign policy.

Given the size of its population, its economic potential and its central geographic location, Germany is of major impor­tance for any further devel­opment the European integration process.

As a result of this background, Germany’s European policy and Germany’s role in Europe are major fields of research for the IEP. Related research projects, publi­ca­tions and activ­ities deal with the following aspects:

Dr. Katrin Böttger
Henrik von Homeyer
Julian Plottka
Jana Schubert