The integration of Germany and its role in Europe

by Marten van Heuven

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This paper on German integration and the future role of Germany in Europe was presented before the American Council on Germany on Jan. 24, 1995, in Boca Raton, FL. After unification, Germany is now the key to the future of Europe. While Germany is now regarded as a strong democracy, an advocate of free trade, a supporter of human rights, the linchpin of the European Union, the key to the balance of Europe, and a partner of the United States, its future depends critically on the German economy. Germany must scale down the social welfare system, reduce labor costs, address structural unemployment, deregulate its domestic economy, and innovate in science and biotechnology. It is the author's assessment that Germany will muster the vision and energy to try more flexible economic and social policies that will sustain German economic vitality and thereby solidify the process of integration.

Originally published in: an American Council on Germany Occasional Paper.

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