Trying to Keep the Germans Close on EU Competences is Risky for Britain.
As German politicians discuss competences within the EU, the British media have characterized this as a positive response to London’s call to renegotiate the relationship between member states and the Union. Originally appearing on the European Movement’s blog, AICGS Non-Resident Fellow Almut Möller’s essay points out that the debate on competence in Germany is rooted in its experience with federalism and has embraced the discussion as a long-term vision for EU reform. She also warns that British politicians’ interests diverge from Germany’s; London is capitalizing on short-term, narrow power negotiations. In contrast to Germany’s long-term mindset, this strategy might provoke a critical reaction from Berlin.