Issue 1/2017 of integration

In the new issue of integration, Minister Wolfgang Schäuble presents prospects for the future of the European Union and details his proposals for deeper integration. Michael Reiterer discusses key concepts of the new EU Global Strategy and gives an outlook on imple­men­tation. Harmut Marhold’s article offers an analysis of recent reform proposals for the EU after Brexit as published by the remaining 27 member states, EU insti­tu­tions and civil society organ­i­sa­tions. Claudia Wiesner focuses on theoretical and practical perspec­tives of repre­sen­tative democracy in the EU multi­level system against the backdrop of gover­nance mecha­nisms that have been developed in the EU’s current financial crisis. Besides the report on the first inter­na­tional conference of the PhD Support Programme ‘The EU, Central Asia and the Caucasus in the Inter­na­tional System’, that concen­trated on the EU’s policy towards Central Asia and the Southern Caucasus caught between regional and bilateral approaches, the ‘Arbeit­skreis Europäische Integration’ reports on confer­ences about common European values and the limits of free movement and solidarity within the EU.

It is Europe’s Choice. Speech on the Occasion of the 70th Jubilee of the “Europa-Union Deutschland”

Wolfgang Schäuble

Federal Minister of Finance Wolfgang Schäuble presented prospects for the future of European integration on the occasion of the 70th jubilee of the “Europa-Union Deutschland”, Germany’s largest pro-European citizens’ initiative. Starting with the paradoxical obser­vation that rising support for Europes­ceptics coincides with increasing demand for European political solutions, he under­lines that national policies alone cannot cope with current global and societal challenges. Since a treaty revision does not have the necessary support, he advocates an inter­gov­ern­mental approach to achieve reforms. For defence, economic, labour market, asylum and migration policy as well as for the monetary union he then details his proposals for deeper integration. In the past, crises have strengthened Europe. With regard to the size of the current crises, we Europeans face huge oppor­tu­nities which we should grasp.

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The EU Global Strategy – the Need to Turn Vision into Action

Michael Reiterer

The strategic environment of the EU has changed dramat­i­cally over the past years. In response to the new challenges, the High Repre­sen­tative of the Union for Foreign and Security Policy has published a new Global Strategy which sets out the EU’s core interests, prior­ities and principles for engaging in the world. In order to translate this “shared vision” into action, a follow-up process is under way. With a focus on putting the strategy into action, the article discusses some of its key concepts such as resilience, the security and defence nexus as well as the security and devel­opment nexus. Furthermore, it highlights the need to renew the EU’s regional policies towards the European neigh­bourhood, the Middle East and Northern Africa, the Asia Pacific region, the Americas and Africa. It concludes that the strategy’s leitmotif of “principled pragmatism” means not to export the EU model, but supporting good gover­nance through differ­en­tiated, tailor-made approaches and fostering multi­lat­er­alism thereby contributing to global gover­nance. Tangible results are necessary to win over the hearts and minds of citizens.

From the Brexit Vote to the Bratislava Process – The EU-27 in Search for Reform Options

Hartmut Marhold

The British decision to leave the European Union resulted in two debates on the future of the EU: First, the Union has to reach an agreement with the United Kingdom on how to organise Brexit. Second, the EU insti­tu­tions and the remaining 27 member states have to think about how to reform the EU political system. The article reviews the latter debate and analyses recent proposals for reforming the EU published by member state govern­ments, EU insti­tu­tions and civil society organ­i­sa­tions since the British refer­endum in June 2016. Based on the review, the article compares the current reform debate to previous ones in the history of European integration and presents an outlook on its future course.

Possibilities and Limits of Representative Democracy in the EU Financial Crisis

Claudia Wiesner

The article discusses possi­bil­ities and limits of repre­sen­tative democracy in the EU multi­level system against the background of gover­nance mecha­nisms that have been developed in the EU’s current financial crisis. The core argument is that these new gover­nance mecha­nisms crucially intensify existing democ­ratic deficits in the EU multi­level system. In the article, first the main arguments of the democ­ratic deficit debate are summarised. After that, the gover­nance mecha­nisms estab­lished during the financial crisis are discussed with regard to their effects on repre­sen­tative democracy in the multi­level system. Finally, possi­bil­ities and limits of repre­sen­tative democracy in the EU financial crisis will be discussed from a theoretical and a practical perspective.


Julian Plottka
Die EU-Politik gegenüber Zentralasien und dem Südkaukasus zwischen regionalem und bilat­eralem Ansatz


Ricarda Lindau, Timo Pfender und Weronika Pries­meyer-Tkocz
Gemeinsame europäische Werte – so klar und doch so umstritten

Felix Weber
Die Grenzen von Freizügigkeit und Solidarität in der EU – Unions­bürg­er­schaft, quo vadis?

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