Germany: Strengthening European integration and European integration process

CDU; SPD; Die Grünen, FDP

The analysis of issue showed, that most of the German parties prefer and support  stronger integration into the European Union. (CDU, SPD, Die Grünen, FDP) They perceive the deepening of the integration process as important reaction to  the economic crisis,  as Sigmar Gabriel mentioned in the  article for the weekly German newspaper Die Zeit "The birth defects of the euro, the complete lack of a common financial, stable and economic policy can only be resolved by a deepening of European cooperation." 1. On the fifth “Economic Forum” (Wirtschaftsgipfel), the former Minister of Foreign Affairs  Guido Westerwelle (FDP) demanded “The deeper integration of the European Union as the  only right answer to the reaction of the worldwide renationalization.”2

Die Linke; CSU

DIE LINKE also supports the idea, but it turns out, that European policy splits the party. For example, there are large discrepancies in terms of international military operations.3 For the CSU, the process of deeper integration should be considered more critically and the party turned itself strongly against further competence relocation to Brussels. Furthermore,  the debate on the possibility of referendum on European issues was launched by the Party in 2013. That’s also why the General Secretary of the CSU, Alexander Dobrindt, published  “Five Points Memorandum concerning actual questions of the EU”.4 According to Finance Minister Wolfgang Schäuble and SPD leader Sigmar Gabriel also FDP and CSU  support the idea of ​​letting the people decide on European issues.

1 „Der Geburtsfehler des Euro, das völlige Fehlen einer gemeinsamen Finanz-, Stabilitäts- und Wirtschaftspolitik, kann nur durch eine Vertiefung der europäischen Zusammenarbeit behoben werden.“ (Sigmar Gabriel, 2013, Online:

2 (Gudio Westerwelle, 19.1.2013, Online:

3 (Berliner Zeitung, 29.11.2013, Online:,10808018,25138976.html)

4 CSU, „Fünf-Punkte-Memorandum zu aktuellen Fragen in der EU“, 6.6.2011, Online: