To anti-Europeans’ regret, Henry Kissinger’s prediction that the disappearance of the Soviet threat and Germany’s reunification would bring about the end of European integration (1996:749) proved wrong. EU institutions’ and German political elites’ commitment to European integration proved much more robust than realist theorists like Kissinger thought. However, twenty years after the end of the Cold War, the political context in which European integration is proceeding has changed considerably. A telling indication of this was incidentally provided by the much-awaited ruling of the German Constitutional Court, delivered in June 2009, in which it declared that the Lisbon Treaty was compatible with German Basic Law. While this ruling was hailed in the rest of the EU as paving the way for a swift ratification of the treaty in Germany, it triggered some strongly critical remarks in the country itself. Former foreign minister Joseph Fischer, for instance, qualified it as ‘Eurosceptic’ and ‘backwards-oriented’ (2009). In fact, much of the Court’s ruling is permeated by an unusually distrustful tone towards the Union, reminiscent of British Eurosceptics’ hostility towards a European ‘super-state’.
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