New Pact for Europe - National Report - GERMANY

17 May 2017

This is the second in a series of National Reports to be published as part of the new phase of the New Pact for Europe project.* While the German National Reflection Group (NRG) views the current state of the Union as critical, it is also convinced that the EU can still be a positive sum game for all. Drawing on the discussions held amongst the members of the group, this report presents a set of conclusions on how Germany sees the future of the European project:

  • the Economic and Monetary Union must be completed to overcome slow growth and socio-economic divergence in the euro area;
  • challenges related to migration require a more robust European response;
  • to tackle its (perceived) lack of legitimacy, the EU should address the gap between expectations and output; however, the discussions also revealed that Germany remains reluctant to take up the central leading role in this endeavour;
  • the German NRG was also in favour of strengthening the Common Foreign and Security Policy to better secure common European interests;
  • finally, the EU should address its communication gap, promoting a more appealing narrative and communicating its successes and benefits more clearly and effectively.

*After a first successful period in 2013-2015, which included more than 80 events in 17 EU countries and the publication of two major reports, which elaborated five strategic options on the future of the EU, the New Pact for Europe project entered a new phase in 2016-2017. The ultimate aim of this new phase of the NPE project is to work out the details of a wider ‘package deal’ to equip the EU with the tools it needs to meet the internal and external challenges it faces. This proposal will contain solutions generated by connecting the discussions on the key policy challenges, and propose changes in the way the EU and its policies are defined to avoid future fundamental crises.

National Reflection Groups have been created and met specifically for this purpose in ten EU countries (Belgium, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, Poland, Portugal and Slovakia), followed by transnational exchanges between these groups. This national report is the result of the work and discussions of one of these National Reflection Groups.

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