CEPS © 2020

The European Green Deal after Corona Implications for EU climate policy
Policy Contribution

From Integration to Competition: Britain, Germany and the EU’s New Group Dynamics

by Roderick Parkes
30 April 2012

From Integration to Competition: Britain, Germany and the EU’s New Group Dynamics

Roderick Parkes

Download Publication

2250 Downloads

Sociological research on group dynamics highlights how easily the EU, originally set up to pursue closer integration, might become an arena for competition for ‘dominance’ between its members. This EPIN Commentary looks at the clash between the German and UK governments in December 2011 and again in March 2012, as a case study of this emerging political dynamic between the EU’s core members and the outliers.

Roderick Parkes is Head of the Brussels Office, Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik (SWP), the German Institute for International and Security Affairs.

About the Author


  • Author
    Roderick Parkes
    Roderick Parkes
From Integration to Competition: Britain, Germany and the EU’s New Group Dynamics
Download Publication

2250 Downloads