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The Paradox of German Power$
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Hans Kundnani

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780190245504

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: June 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190245504.001.0001

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Continuity and Change

Continuity and Change

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(p.39) 3 Continuity and Change
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The Paradox of German Power
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Hans Kundnani

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190245504.003.0004

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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