chapter  8
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The Rhineland and the Heartland: European integration in the north Atlantic context


In this chapter I investigate, in broad outline, how the ‘competitiveness’ package which Germany has adopted in the slipstream of the ascendancy of its large corporations in the global political economy, can be traced to the North Atlantic, English-speaking West and its liberal, ‘Lockean’ heritage. I will look at the different features of this heritage that allowed capital to form as a transnational social force (one which requires maximum ‘competitiveness’ to function); and then investigate the structural incompatibilities that have hampered the integration of the EU within the wider ‘West’, and will continue to do so.