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Germany held the Presidency of the Council of the European Union in the first half of 2007, the first six months of the "triple presidency," to be followed by Portugal and Slovenia. Catch up on the progress made during the German Presidency, read updates on the EU's role in the international community, treaty reform and other ongoing issues, and find links to EU-related sites.

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Germany in Europe

The complex story of the renascence of Jewish communities in Germany and Europe has been one major focus of this exploration, since it can provide models for the evolution of a new tolerant European pluralism. Given that Europe’s most important millennial frontier may be creating such pluralism through conciliating new diversity with peaceful and creative social unity, CGES has also recently nourished debate on the integration of immigrant communities, in particular those of Muslims in Europe.

The increasing inter-dependence among European nations following recent EU development and enlargement has enhanced the EU`s capacities to “act as a global partner.”(German Foreign Minister Steinmeier). In any foreseeable future, EU Europe, with Germany at its heart, will stand as a huge united market of more than 500 million prosperous consumers and productive workers. It will also continue as the US’s largest single trading partner—EU-US  commercial trade of over 4 trillion dollars still exceeds the US’s trade with China.

European nations and the EU are, and will continue to be, key partners of the US in efforts to shape globalization in humane and sustainable ways. The European region thus remains a central and vital source of economic and cultural innovation and an important collective advocate for global progress, dignity, and peace. The redesign of the transatlantic agenda currently under way thus should include strong commitment to the study of political, economic, and cultural developments on both sides of the ocean. It should also contribute to the energetic resumption of the kinds of multilateralism that modern Germany and Europe have consistently advocated.