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Germany: a Story of Saving Face

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Traditionally, the Federal Republic of Germany belongs to the group of Member States in which European Treaty negotiations have not led to serious domestic conflict. On the occasion of the Single European Act (SEA) of 1986, the German Länder first started raising objections with regard to a further transfer of powers to the European Community and were concerned, in particular, with the impact of the internal market programme on the domestic allocation of competences and powers. This chapter discusses the domestic negotiation framework and the evolving German position in view of the main negotiation items to finally review the conclusions of the negotiations at Nice, the domestic debate with regard to the results and the simple and quick ratification process. When the European Council met in Nice to conclude the IGC, German negotiators had to deal with mainly two issues: the composition of the Commission and QMV.

Keywords: European commission; Federal Republic of Germany; German Länder; IGC 2000; Nice Treaty; QMV; ratification process; Single European Act (SEA)



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