How was Germany in the position to influence policies of modern EU?

María Corral Alfonso, Arnout De Vleeschouwer, Cyrilla Everett & Eva Saeys

Studenteropgave: Semesterprojekt


In current times, Germany has become the unofficial leader of the EU. This paper focuses on the causes that lead to this development, while paying as little attention as to the economical aspect. In order to understand these causes we used different theories, including neofunctionalism and intergovernmentalism. These will help us understand the structure and function of European policy-making and Germany’s influence in it. In a lot of cases, we compare Germany to France, due to their intertwined history and leading roles in the EU. This comparison will help us understand why Germany, and not France, has been able to influence the European policy in recent times. We conclude in this paper that there are many aspects that contribute to Germany’s influence in the European policy, including but not limited to its relationship with the other European states.

UddannelserInternationale Studier, (Bachelor/kandidatuddannelse) Bachelor el. kandidat
Udgivelsesdato22 jan. 2015
VejledereGorm Ryen Olsen


  • EU
  • Germany