Conflict and Cooperation

Barbara Lippert, Kirsty Hughes, Heather Grabbe and Peter Becker

Germany and Britain are among the keenest advocates of enlarging the European Union. Yet their interests in enlargement are very different. As a country bordering central Europe, Germany has strong positive interests in enlargement, both political and eco

Germany and Britain are among the keenest advocates of enlarging the European Union. Yet their interests in enlargement are very different. As a country bordering central Europe, Germany has strong positive interests in enlargement, both political and economic. But there are also German anxieties about the implications of enlargement for the functioning of the EU and further integration. Britain, by contrast, is more sanguine about the institutional implications, but has much smaller economic interests in the region.

Germany and Britain are among the keenest advocates of enlarging the European Union. Yet their interests in enlargement are very different. As a country bordering central Europe, Germany has strong positive interests in enlargement, both political and economic. But there are also German anxieties about the implications of enlargement for the functioning of the EU and further integration. Britain, by contrast, is more sanguine about the institutional implications, but has much smaller economic interests in the region. This book provides a guide to the range of interests in British and German enlargement policies. It analyses the shifts in both countries' policies on enlargement since 1989, in the context of their differing strategies for developing the EU. It examines in detail their economic involvement in central and eastern Europe, contrasting the major German role in regional trade and investment with the comparatively minor British one. There is a complex equation of tensions and synergies between the two countries' approaches to adapting regional aid and the common agricultural policy for enlargement. The authors consider where Germany and Britain might cooperate in reforming the EU's budget, policies and institutions, and where conflict between their approaches will shape the politics of enlargement.

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