Simon Bulmer on Germany and the EU – recording from the seminar

In his presentation Professor Bulmer explored Germany’s role as a large member state—a hegemon?—in the European Union. He presented a set of theses to argue that, two decades after German re-unification and the end of the Cold War, Germany is playing a changed role in the European Union. He argued that changes in the European Union, German domestic politics and its bilateral diplomacy have resulted in the emergence of a changed European policy. Bulmer explored the sources of these changes from enlargement, strains in the Eurozone and bilateral relations with France, through changed processes of policy-making to public opinion. Since Germany has played a leading role in the integration process, the findings have wide implications for the future of the EU itself. The presentation was based on a paper co-authored with Willie Paterson (Aston).

Simon Bulmer

Simon Bulmer is Professor of European Politics and Head of Department at the University of Sheffield. He has written or edited thirteen books on European politics, working with a range of collaborators, as well as numerous articles and chapters. His most recent monograph (with Martin Burch) is The Europeanisation of Whitehall: UK central government and the European Union, Manchester University Press, 2009. He co-edited (with Charlie Jeffery and Stephen Padgett) Rethinking Germany and Europe: Democracy and Diplomacy in a Semi-Sovereign State, Palgrave, 2010. He has recently joined Ian Bache and Stephen George as co-author of Politics in the European Union, 3rd edn., OUP, 2011. He has worked on Germany and the EU since his LSE PhD thesis, awarded in 1982.

The seminar was well attended and a lively discussion followed Professor Bulmer´s presentation. Here is the recording from the seminar.