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Continuity and Change

Hans Kundnani

in The Paradox of German Power

Published in print January 2015 | ISBN: 9780190245504
Published online June 2015 | e-ISBN: 9780190245535 | DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190245504.003.0004
Continuity and Change

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This chapter discusses the opinion of French President Francois Mitterrand who was against German reunification. Mitterrand believed that Germany might attempt to regain the territory it had lost as a result of World War II. He supposed that European integration was a possible solution for constraining Germany towards achieving hegemony. He also suggested that a single European currency was the only way for other European countries to regain the sovereignty they had already lost to Germany; thus, the debate about how to respond to German reunification centered on the idea of European Monetary Union (EMU). Mitterrand's belief was influenced by other French post-war leaders who feared that German reunification would bring about unprecedented changes in Europe.

Keywords: European integration; European Monetary Union; Francois Mitterrand; German reunification; hegemony

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Subjects: European Union ; Comparative Politics

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