The Weakening of the Franco-German Tandem in Light of the Eurozone Crisis

The Weakening of the Franco-German Tandem in Light of the Eurozone Crisis

Armağan Gözkaman (Beykent University, Turkey)
Copyright: © 2015 |Pages: 13
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-4666-7308-3.ch003
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Abstract

Since the inception of the European integration process, the Franco-German axis is considered to be a major driving force. Even today, Europe moves faster in the presence of an entente between France and Germany. However, the harmonization of German and French positions is not quasi-automatic as it used to be. The desynchronization that occurred over time is based on various factors such as the German unification, the EU's enlargements, and the change in German self-perception. One of the contexts in which the divergences between Paris and Berlin can be seen is related to the Euro zone rescue operations. Germany came to the fore in the resolution process and made clear her preferences, which are not always truly supported by France. The drifting-apart that started after the end of the Cold War thus continues.
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The Lowering Of The Symmetry Between France And Germany

Despite her inglorious past, Germany has started to gain a privileged position in the European Community/Union to the detriment of her partner. To understand this change, one should look at the internal dynamics of Germany and the external factors, which include economic aspects.

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