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France, Germany and the UK in the Convention: Common interests or pulling in different directions?. EPIN Working Paper No. 7, July 2003

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  • France
  • Germany
  • European Convention
  • U.K.
  • Igc 2003-4
  • Political Science


In this paper, we explore in more depth the positions of three of the larger countries during the Convention – France, Germany and the UK (drawing on both published position papers and on off-the-record interviews and unpublished sources). The extent of agreement or disagreement between these three can contribute to an understanding of the wider Convention and the likely IGC dynamics. An analysis of the underlying convergence and divergence in their views on the strategic development of the Union can also cast some light on the future political dynamics of the enlarged EU.

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