Poland and Germany in the European Union
The Multi-dimensional Dynamics of Bilateral Relations
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This book explores the political and social dynamics of the bilateral relations between Germany and Poland at the at the national and subnational levels, taking into account the supranational dynamics, across different policy areas (trade, foreign and security policy, energy, fiscal issues, health and social policy, migration and local governance).
By studying the impact of the three explanatory categories: historical legacy, interdependence and asymmetry on the bilateral relationship, the book explores the patterns of cooperation and identify the driving forces and hindering factors of the bilateral relationship. Covering the Polish-German relationship since 2004, it demonstrates in a systematic way, that it does not qualify as embedded bilateralism. The relationship remains historically burdened, asymmetric and thus it is not resilient to crises.
This book will be of key interest to scholars and students of European and EU Politics, German politics, East/Central European Politics, Borderlands studies, and more broadly for international relations, history and sociology.
Table of Contents
Introduction: Poland and Germany in the European Union. Multi-dimensional dynamics of bilateral relations
Anna-Lena Kirch, Elżbieta Opiłowska and Monika Sus
Part 1. Conceptual ideas
1. Bilateralism within the European Union: Examining the explanatory power of horizontal Europeanisation and interdependence
2. Back in Fashion? The resurgence of bilateral diplomacy in Europe
3. Asymmetric Bilateralism and the Struggle over Status in the EU Field of Power
4. The Category of National Neighbourships as a Complement to the Concept of Embedded Bilateralism: The Polish–German case
Marcin Dębicki and Julita Makaro
Part 2: Bilateral relations at the supranational, intergovernmental and subnational level. Case studies
5. Polish-German Relations in Security and Defence: Falling short of potential or doomed to be fragile?
Monika Sus and Anna-Lena Kirch
6. Poland’s Reserved approach to the Euro: Does Germany matter?
7. (A)symmetry in Economic Relations? German–Polish integration in the EU single market
8. Migrations: An axis of dispute or a potential point of enhanced cooperation?
9. Untapped Horizons and Prevailing Domestic Beliefs: Bilateral climate and energy relations from a Polish perspective
10. Explaining the Mutual Perceptions of Poles and Germans in the Light of the Polish-German Barometer
11. Determinants of the Cross-border Cooperation in the German-Polish Borderlands
12. Bilateral Relations at the Subnational Level: Transborder cooperation networks in the Polish–German borderland
Sylwia Dołzbłasz and Andrzej Raczyk
13. German-Polish Bilateralism at the Local and Regional level: The case of INTERREG Programme
Jarosław Jańczak and Javier Martín-Uceda
14. Dynamics of Economic Development in the German-Polish Border Region on the Example of the State of Brandenburg and Lubuskie Voivodeship
15. The Difficult Case of Healthcare Cooperation: German-Polish bilateral arrangements in the light of other European borderland experiences
Elżbieta Opiłowska and Monika Sus
Elżbieta Opiłowska is associate professor of Sociology and Head of the Centre for Regional and Borderlands Studies at the University of Wrocław, Poland.
Monika Sus is an assistant professor at the Institute of Political Studies at the Polish Academy of Sciences, Warsaw, Poland, and a fellow at the Center for International Security at the Hertie School, Berlin, Germany.