Constitutionalism and Federalism in the 'Future of Europe' Debate: The German Dimension

Jo Shaw, Lars Hoffmann

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This paper examines some of the constitutional aspects of the ‘Future of Europe’ reform process in the light of interactions between German and ‘European’ federalism. Many aspects of the traditions of German federalism and German post-war constitutionalism have been influential, if not to say formative, for the evolution of the EU. These aspects are set out as a frame for the paper, before more detailed analysis of the constitutional process and a particular focus on the division of competences. The constitutional outcome reveals clear German ‘fingerprints’, though that finding needs to be balanced by a recognition of the constitutional debate as multi-perspectival, involving all member states both separately and collectively.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)625-44
Number of pages19
JournalGerman Politics
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2004


  • European Constitution, German Constitution, European Union


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