Category Archives: France and Germany

Realpolitik and the European Union. Final Chapter: Part 2. The true challenge facing the Merkel-Macron tandem.

The UK’s certain idea of Europe. A USE maybe attainable. But the hurdles along the path towards it are innumerable, and as likely as not unknown. Not the least of these is that a USE would be at the very … Continue reading

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Realpolitik and the European Union. Final Chapter: Part I. The true challenge facing the Merkel-Macron tandem.

Realpolitik- politics based on practical and material factors rather than on theoretical or ethical objectives-is flourishing in Europe. In fact, it never disappeared, but became absorbed within Europe’s society of states, dispersed and played out  across and within the many international … Continue reading

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Realpolitik and the European Union. Chapter 11. Europe in the World. Part II. Russia, energy, demography.

The theme of Chapters 10 and 11 is the tension between a shrinking Europe living in an expanding world of nation states, while all the while seeking to dis-establish European nation states which experience global developments differentially. Chapter 10 discusses … Continue reading

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Realpolitik and the European Union. Chapter 10. Europe in the World:Part I. The US and the rise of Asia.

The transformation of the world. In the key years of 1989-1992, it was Europe, not the U.S., which had the distinction of being both source and origin of the process which came to be called “globalization”—understood driven as technologically conditioned … Continue reading

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Realpolitik and the European Union. Chapter 9. More Europe, less UK.

More Model Deutschland for Europe. What concerned Kohl most was the crisis in western Europe, related to the Euro-the kernel of his strategic deal with Mitterrand at Maastricht. German policy under Merkel had become a version of the famous quotation … Continue reading

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Realpolitik and the European Union. Chapter 8. Germany learns to say Nein.

Germany learns to say Nein. The salient feature of the events of the first decade of the new millenium was Germany’s assertion of  its position as the pivotal power in Europe. The novelty lies not in the fact of German … Continue reading

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Realpolitik and the European Union: Chapter 7. Maastricht’s Unfinished Business.

Maastricht’s unfinished business. The Maastricht Treaty marked the point when the project began to become German, rather than French, Maastricht was essentially a French strategy to corale Germany, to bind it into a European home. Germany played along for a … Continue reading

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