Since the beginning of its statehood the Federal Republic of Germany (FRG) has committed itself to the cause of European integration seeing in it an opportunity to build a democratic state within a wider framework of democratic Europe. The FRG treats its engagement in the process of integration as a Europeization of its foreign policy. Already as a Bonn republic it was among the initiators of establishing a Common Policy of Foreign Affairs and Security (CPFAS), and after the emergence of the European Union, the unified Germany was active in strengthening the CPFAS and in creating the EU's defense policy. Germany opted for adoption of the CPFAS by the whole EU but it also managed to negotiate its initiatives with France which represents the conception of inter-governmental politics. The FRG treats the European Union as a multilateral forum where integrated Europe speaks in one voice on the international scene. For this reason the FRG supports a strengthening of the EU's policy in the domains of foreign affairs, security and defense. It also argues for the adoption of a new constitutional treaty for Europe.
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