The changes in Europe since 1989 have finally ended the post-war period. History has caught up with our continent again. The European Union was able to develop as a new form of a community of states under the protection of the West-East conflict. It now faces a resurgence of classical nationalism, especially in Eastern Europe. In this book, the author examines the position of individual European nations in relation to each other and to the EU, especially under the influence of progressive European integration. A special chapter deals with the German Question and the balance of powers.

This work is aimed at the historically and politically interested layman, but also at the active politician. It is an important aid in assessing the development of Europe, especially the inclusion of Central, Eastern and Southeastern Europe in the unification process.

“Good history of the EU and its emergence in a foreign policy context.” (DER SPIEGEL)