Foreign and Security Policy in the European Union by Professor Kjell A Eliassen

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Not only is controlling Germany important, but for CEECs it is vital to ensure a place for Russia in the Euro­ pean security picture. Western European countries responded to this qualitatively new situation by realizing their need for closer political integration. An eventual exten­ sion of the EC with CEECs required a political entity that the possible new­ comers could adhere to, but even without the perspective of enlargement, there were an important number of new threats demanding joint action from the EC.

In line with this view, the British opted for continued legislative power in the Council of Ministers. Their solution to the problem of democratic deficit was to let the EC remain an intergovernmental institution where each government is responsible to its own, democratically elected parliament. The European Parliament, however, should have extended power and a strengthened role in one particular area, namely in monitoring the Com­ mission which is a non-elected institution. Of primary importance was con­ trolling the Community'S expenditure.

European cooper­ ation was to be developed with several pillars: one in which political integration would enhance Germany's links with the EC; another with an institutionalization and broadening of the CSCE and the Council of Europe; and the last with the strengthening of the country's national defence capabilities. Changes in the international security position were not the only factors responsible for French action at the beginning of the 1 990s. President Fran�ois Mitterrand had by 1990 been in office for nine years.

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