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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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The Paradox of German Power

Hans Kundnani

Oxford University Press

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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