The UK , Germany and the European Union Comparison Essay

The UK , Germany and the European Union
Analyzes the differing identities, in terms of power and sovereignty, of Germany and the UK in relationship to the European Union (EU) and the world.
# 144737 | 1,425 words | 12 sources | APA | 2007 | GB

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This paper first explains that the UK, in comparison to Germany, has always been less enthusiastic and more hesitant about European integration. Next, the author lists several reasons why the UK and Germany clearly have fairly different attitudes toward the EU and notes that the central cause is that Germany is more 'europeanized'. The paper underscores that both countries value their relationships with the EU; nonetheless, the UK sees the worth of this membership only as it benefits its own national interests, which often are seen as being independent of the EU.

From the Paper:

"In terms of power, Goldberger convincingly explains that 'Germany does not see the world through a 'realist lens'. This is shown by the fact that Germany is so keen to push for further integration which would further align German interests with that of the EU. The reasoning behind this can be explained in that Germany is very determined to avoid the mistakes of the past, notably aggressive nationalism. The UK on the other hand did not experience the humiliating defeat at war, quite unlike most of Europe to the Nazis and the Germans to the Allies."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • George, Stephen (1985) Politics and Policy in the European Community, Oxford University Press
  • Baker, D. (2003) 'Britain and Europe: Treading Water or Slowly Drowning?' Parliamentary Affairs vol 56(2)
  • Smith, M (2006), 'Britian, Europe and the World', in Dunleavy et al (eds) Developments in British Politics 8
  • Smith, Mitchell (2005) 'From Modell Deutschland to Model Europa' German Politics vol. 14/3

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