Germany and the Future of Europe (2003 - 04)

The aim of this research project, funded by the James Madison Trust, was to explore the contribution of German ideas and actions in shaping the debate on the future of Europe that has unfolded since the 2000 Intergovernmental Conference, which culminated at the European Summit at Nice.

Our assumption was that Germany (again) had a disproportionately large influence in setting the terms of the debate and that the outcomes – the Draft Constitution adopted by the Convention in June/July 2003 and the outcome of the IGC starting in October 2003 – would bear a distinctive German imprint.

In October 2003, this project held a joint policy workshop with the Search for Solutions project in London. Read the report from this conference