Nederlandsch Genootschap voor Internationale Zaken
Internationale Spectator: Tijdschrift voor Internationale Politiek vol:61 issue:4 pages:183-185
Dirk Rochtus surveys the Franco-German relationship. Reconciliation after World War II grew from the notion that Germany had to be integrated in the Western structures. Both states wanted to foster the European integration through their special bilateral relationship, where a supranational approach was not yet possible. German Unification in 1990 and EU enlargement towards the East affected France's claim to the leadership within the Franco-German tandem as well as in the European Union. Despite their close collaboration France and Germany differ in the way how to shape Europe. France sticks to the classic nation-state whereas Germany tends to favour a more federal Europe. German chancellor Angela Merkel has to await the outcome of the French presidential elections before trying to relaunch the European Constitutional Treaty.