Who Owns the EU Reform Debate?


Building a Smarter German-American Partnership

A Past Fellow at AGI and the current director of the Alfred von Oppenheim Center for European Policy Studies at the German Council on Foreign Relations (DGAP), Almut Möller has recently published an analysis of the European Union’s reform debate and the challenges it poses.

Möller argues that, with member states’—and candidate states’—varying expectations from and commitment to Europe, the fundamental basis and purpose of the EU is brought into debate. Britain is increasingly seeking to distance itself from Europe, while Germany holds on to the Euro as a fundamental rite of passage for full EU membership. Meanwhile, the rise of populist and right-of-center parties could gain substantial influence in EU reform talks. Möller discusses how the European Union can balance openness with national self-determination; how much of this dichotomy can the system handle?

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