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The “Social Market Economy” and its Impact on German European Policy in the Adenauer Era, 1949-1963

Guido Thiemeyer

Keywords: EUROPEAN INTEGRATION; LUDWIG ERHARD; KONRAD ADENAUER; COMMON AGRICULTURAL POLICY; SOZIALE MARKTWIRTSCHAFT

Abstract

This article focuses on the economic aspects of German European policy in the 1950s and raises the question whether the economic system of the Federal Republic of Germany, “Soziale Marktwirtschaft” had any impact on the European policy of the West German state. It argues that Social Market Economy as defined by Ludwig Erhard influenced German European policy in certain aspects, but there was a latent contradiction between the political approach of Konrad Adenauer and this economic concept. Moreover, this article shows that West German European policy was not always as supportive for European unity as it is often considered.

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