Comparative European Politics

, Volume 14, Issue 2, pp 215–231 | Cite as

Parliamentary scrutiny and partisan conflict in the Euro crisis. The case of the German Bundestag

  • Arndt Wonka
  • Sascha Göbel
Original Article


To manage the challenges resulting from the Euro crisis, EU institutions and member state governments established a number of measures aimed at enhancing coordination of budgetary and economic policy. The development of these measures came with considerable political conflicts. This article investigates empirically the extent to which political parties in the German Bundestag contributed to these conflicts by employing their information and control instruments. Differences in level of activity between parliamentary parties in the Bundestag are explained by strategic behaviors. The article contributes to political science debates regarding both the role of national parliaments in EU politics and on political conflicts in Germany resulting from the Euro crisis.


national parliaments political parties political conflict Euro crisis EU politics 



For their very helpful comments and suggestions on earlier versions of this article we would like to thank Martin Höpner and Benjamin Werner as well as the participants of the ECPR’s 7th Pan-European Conference on the European Union, the editors of this special issue and the anonymous reviewer. Moreover, we thank Nate Breznau for proofreading the article and thus increasing its readability. We also gratefully acknowledge the support of the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Societies where the data collection took place.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Arndt Wonka
    • 1
  • Sascha Göbel
    • 2
  1. 1.Bremen International Graduate School of Social Sciences (BIGSSS), University of BremenBremenGermany
  2. 2.Department of Politics and Public AdministrationUniversity of KonstanzKonstanzGermany

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