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Integrating insights from overseas coverage research, integration conception, and social idea and supplying an in-depth research of either refugee and protection coverage, the e-book develops an leading edge framework for research that's in a position to accounting for an incremental 'de-Europeanization' in Germany's ecu coverage.

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59), the concept of 'identity' 'functions as a crucial link between environmental structures and interests. The term ... ' Thus, 'identity' is conceived of as a relational concept according to which 'identity' influences policy towards others and, at the same time, is influenced by them. Notwithstanding this relational concept of identity in constructivist theory, many constructivist analyses of German foreign policy have treated policies as a function of national identity or political culture, but have ignored the possible indirect impact of German policy, via agent-structure-agent interplay, on German identity and therefore have tended to downplay actual changes in Germany's identity.

Second, Schengen was never meant to constitute an alternative path of integration as it was deliberately, intentionally and explicitly conceptualized in a way that made it compatible with the EC framework. Only EC member states were allowed to be Schengen members and the goals of the EC were to be promoted by the Schengen regime (Brtibach, 1997, p. 23; Gimbal, 1994a, pp. 61-2). The preamble clearly illustrates this commitment: 'Aware that the ever closer union of the peoples of the Member States of the European Communities should find its expression in the freedom to cross internal borders for all nationals of the Member States' (European Communities, 2001, p.

Third, Germany has been a crucial player in influencing the course of these policies. Due to its size, population, GDP, and so on, Germany has always been an important player in EU politics. Moreover, Germany has been particularly affected by the developments in security/defence and asylum/refugees. As regards security and defence, its policy had been tied to NATO to a particularly high degree. Lacking national command structures, the Bundeswehr had been a Biindnisarmee, that is, an army heavily relying on allies' resources.

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