13th Franco-German Dialogue – Thinking Europe further
5th and 6th May 2011, European Academy Otzenhausen
Crisis of the Euro currency and nationalism in Europe: has the european integration lost it’s wind ?
Answers fom Germany, France and Poland
The European integration project has reached a decisive point. The EURO crisis does not only upset the monetary and fiscal foundations of the EU, it obviously also boosts a return to national perceptions and to backfield of national interests in those Member States that were previously regarded as guarantors of European unification.
At the same time, the voices of the EU-sceptics and opponents of monetary union become even louder. The crisis is hitting the EU in an already critical stage of it’s development : A few years after the eastward expansion, the actual crisis management is in conjunction with a general reorientation of politics in several EU Member States. Many of the expectations the Central and Eastern European countries put into the European project now dare to fade - this could have dangerous consequences.
The 13th Franco-German Dialogue has illuminated several aspects of this difficult situation, including not only the German and the French point of view, but notedly the prospect of a new EU member state. The role of Poland within Europe and it’s relevance as an actor in Euro-crisis management was an as important issue as the situation in some of the most sorely affected countries of southern Europe.