Democratic Germany, which evolved from the aftermath of the Second World War, was, with France, directly involved in the foundation of the European Community (European Union – EU). Germany belongs to the six original members of the EU and is the main financial contributor within it.
“We must build a kind of United States of Europe. The first step in the formation of the European family must be a cooperation between France and Germany (Churchill 19.9.1946).”
- On 25 March 1957, the treaties of Rome were signed. Signatories were the Benelux countries, France, Italy and Germany
- With the reunification of Germany, the European Union was realized by the Treaty of Maastricht in 1992.
- Over the following decades many new members joined them while at the same time integration of economic, cultural, judicial and so forth would then deepen the relationships distinct European entity.
- Important were the insertion in 1993 of a “Europe Article” (Art. 23) into the Basic Law, the Act on the Exercise by the Bundestag and by the Bundesrat of their Responsibility for Integration in Matters concerning the European Union (IntVG), and the new Act on Cooperation between the Federation and the Länder in European Union Affairs (EUZBLG) of 2009.