New Pact for Europe - National Report - GERMANY
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 being 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.