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The participation of the German Länder in the EU decision-making process

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Author(s): Carlo Panara

Journal: Revista CIDOB d'Afers Internacionals
ISSN 1133-6595

Issue: 99;
Start page: 25;
Date: 2012;
Original page

Keywords: Germany | Basic Law | Länder | EU decision-making process | internal co-operation | external representation in the Council

ABSTRACT
This article sketches out the main features of the German system of regional participation in the EU decision-making process with the aim of identifying the key strengths and weaknesses of that system. The author will be examining whether the model currently in place allows for a sufficiently rapid and effective response to the EU decision-making process, and whether there is a sufficiently balanced representation of regional and federal interests at the EU level. The article will also contain a proposal as to how the German model of regional participation in the EU decision-making process could be further improved.
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