I have been reading about German Reunification, and would like to know if this was used as a positive example, to justify further EU expansion and integration?
After the fall of the Berlin Wall, the East German government and economy quickly fell apart. The East German government then requested that it submit fiscal authority to West Germany in order to use their Deutschmark, which was regarded as stable enough to replace the collapsing value of the East German Mark.
Later East Germany signed various treaties in an attempt to normalise laws, adopting many West German laws in anticipation of unification.
This process seems quite similar to the recent history of the EU's expansion and integration, as well as the creation of the Euro. Did the successful reunification of Germany factor in the minds of policy makers with regards to EU strategy?