Germany and France: to Concordance for the Sake of Europe?

DOI: 10.20542/0131-2227-2014-12-82-90

S. Biryukov, Kemerovo State University, 6, Krasnaya Str., Kemerovo, 650043, Russian Federation (

Abstract. The paper refers to the development of German-French relations in the context of the United Europe building process, examines historical and sociological background of their present-day condition. It contains the comparative analysis of the sources of discrepancies between German and French political strategies. The author also makes an attempt to analyze the role of these relations in the «German question» transformation. The study investigates the history of territorial evolution of Germany in the 19-20th centuries that prevented consolidation of citizens as well as structuring and creating of institutions. It is concluded that only the convergence of German and French approaches on European politics can help overcome the current crisis of the EU integration mechanisms. Two countries have established a new foundation for cooperation which puts an end to centuries of rivalry between them. But the convergence of their political and economic systems remains a promised task. The prospects of this partnership are considered in the light of Germany's new «European mission».

Keywords: Policy, territory, nationalism, expansion, European integration, political strategy, the European space, United Europe

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Biryukov S. Germany and France: to Concordance for the Sake of Europe?. World Eonomy and International Relations, 2014, no. 12, pp. 82-90.

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