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Handbuch on Germany’s European Policy


Germany in the EU: The Handbuch on Germany’s European Policy allows in-depth insights into Germany’s interdependences with the EU and highlights the influence Germany has on European integration and decision-making processes.

The Handbuch on Germany’s European Policy is a solid foundation for all those who deal with German European policy in academic, political, and practical terms.

Renowned Authors analyse the basic principles and concepts of German European policy as well as internal determining factors for central policy areas. The authors illustrate that European policy is of particular value and benefit to both Germany’s political and economic reality. At the same time, Germany has an influential position in shaping European integration and in EU decision-making process.

The first edition of the Handbuch on Germany’s European Policy was published by Nomos Verlag in 2016 and 2017 in the publication series of the Federal Agency for Civic Education (bpb). At the End of 2020, a completely revised and updated second Edition was published as print and ebook at Nomos Verlag. This second edition is also available at the bpb.

We are currently working on a completely revised and updated third edition to mark the mid-term of the current federal government and to take the ongoing Russian War of aggression into account. The focus is on the political reorientation of the federal government under the traffic light coalition and the implications of the “Zeitenwende” proclaimed by Chancellor Olaf Scholz in response to the Russian war against Ukraine.

The third edition will be published next summer.

The Handbuch on Germany’s European Policy is funded by the German Federal Foreign Office. The IEP is funded within the Citizens, Equality, Rights and Values Programme 2021-2027 (CERV) of the European Union. The IEP is solely responsible for the content.


Duration: 20 July 2016 – ongoing
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