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France and Germany at Maastricht : Politics and Negotiations to Create the European Union - Colette Mazzucelli

France and Germany at Maastricht

Politics and Negotiations to Create the European Union

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This volume analyzes French and German diplomacy during the intergovernmental conferences (IGCs) on economic and monetary union (EMU) and political union, and the subsequent national treaty ratification process in each country. It uses various approaches to explore the domestic-international interactions predominant during internal bargaining in Paris and Bonn, and external negotiations at different levels among working groups, personal representatives, ministers and political leaders in Brussels. The author argues that there are at least two reasons why this topic merits close examination. The historic importance of Franco-German relations in the European Union is an essential starting point. For over 30 years, the "privileged partnership" has launched initiatives in European construction. The European Monetary System (EMS) is one example. In the aftermath of German unification, the significance of the Franco-German tandem for European integration is even greater as both states adjust to the new Europe. A second point of departure is that the major initiatives on EMU came during the German and French Presidencies of the Council of Ministers in 1988 and 1989 respectively. Chancellor Helmut Kohl and President Francois Mitterand sustained the momentum towards political union in a series of three Franco-German letters to the Irish, Italian and Dutch Presidencies during 1990-1991. In short, the IGCs were the culmination of an active period of development in the European Community, and Franco-German initiatives were the driving force at the time.

Series Editor's Prefacep. ix
Forewordp. xi
Acknowledgmentsp. xv
List of Abbreviationsp. xvii
Introductionp. 3
The Historical Prelude to Maastrichtp. 35
The Maastricht Prenegotiation: French and German Domestic Contextsp. 57
Bringing Monnet Back In: France, Germany, Emu and Integrative Bargaining on "Steps in Time"p. 101
France, Germany and Negotiations on Political Union: Questions of Definition and Balancep. 135
Mind over Maastrichtp. 173
The Maastricht Debate and Ratification in France: The Power of Public Opinion and the Status of Sovereigntyp. 207
The Maastricht Debate and Ratification in Germany: The "Psychology of the Mark" and the Role of Civil Servantsp. 243
Conclusionp. 287
Appendixp. 305
Bibliographyp. 309
Indexp. 343
About the Authorp. 355
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ISBN: 9780815335931
ISBN-10: 0815335938
Series: Contemporary Issues in European Politics
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 353
Published: 23rd December 1999
Publisher: GARLAND PUB
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.91 x 15.49  x 2.06
Weight (kg): 0.52
Edition Number: 1