Notions such as ‘leadership’ or ‘hegemony’ suggest that without a strong Germany to enforce the Eurozone’s fiscal restrictions, the implementation of difficult albeit necessary structural reforms would not be successful at preserving the Euro. However, is it justified to view Germany as a leading power during the Eurozone crisis? Moreover, what does the new German government mean for the Eurozone’s ambitious plans for deeper economic integration?
«An alternative view of non-homogenizing integration needs to put the emphasis on the historical, psychological and social characteristics of a plural Europe. This should translate into policy programming reconciling unity and diversity by means of an inclusive political pact of the member states involved.»