VSB-Technical University of Ostrava - Faculty of Economics
Proceedings of the 2nd International Conference on European Integration 2014 pages:581-587
International Conference on European Integration edition:2 location:Ostrava (CZ) date:15-16 May 2014
Under chancellor Angela Merkel Germany wants the member states of the Euro zone to conduct a policy of austerity. The governments and many citizens in these states regard this as a ‘Diktat’ stemming from a country whose wage and export policy they consider to be co-responsible for the crisis. The euro crisis has influenced the way the nations think about their own role in Europe and the future architecture of the European Union. German politicians abhor the idea that Germany would dominate Europe. The vision of the German political establishment is that the German nation state should be embedded in Europe. But as long as Europe as a political union however is not completely realized, the nation states will go on to play their role and Germany will continue to play on the European forum maybe not a completely dominating role, but at least a ‘partial hegemony’ through the instruments and decision mechanisms that the EU provides and of which stronger states can benefit.