Multi Germ Foreig Pol and Cent Eur by Claus Hofhansel

By Claus Hofhansel

How does the overseas coverage of reunified Germany range from the West German powerful dedication to multilateralism?

Multilateralism, German international coverage and crucial Europe specializes in German family members with the Czech Republic and Poland so that it will examine the adjustments and continuities in German international coverage following the chilly conflict. After a theoretical creation and an outline of multilateralism in German international coverage, the booklet analyses the 'high politics' of German overseas coverage in the direction of Czechoslovakia/the Czech Republic and Poland, concentrating on the most diplomatic agreements negotiated after 1945. the subsequent chapters handle the legacy of the earlier in modern Czech-German and varnish German family members, together with the reimbursement for sufferers of the Nazi regimes and the rights of ethnic German minorities. Then the booklet shifts its emphasis to the way forward for German family with its japanese acquaintances, and ecu expansion particularly.

This scholarly quantity will curiosity all scholars and researchers of German overseas coverage and crucial eu politics.

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After the elections of 1969 the new government moved quickly to implement its new eastern policy. In contrast to the trade negotiations of the early and mid-1960s, negotiations with the Soviet Union received the highest priority, but the new government also pursued talks with the Polish government. 67 The actual negotiations began in February 1970. Before the West German government could proceed too far, however, it was imperative that it consult with its Western allies. Although the Western allies were not openly critical, there were some concerns regarding the level and quality of consultations between the West German government and its counterparts in Britain, France and the United States, and the speed at which the West German government was moving, as well as reservations about the substantive implications of the new policy.

Thus, the Bundesrat rejected the treaty, and the governing parties had to use their majority in the Bundestag to override this objection. Regarding the content of the treaty itself, the first two articles addressed the main bone of contention – the validity of the Munich Agreement. ” In essence this formulation allowed both sides to continue holding different views of this problem. Czechoslovak (and Czech) governments have maintained that the treaty had never been valid, whereas Germany claimed that the treaty had been concluded in a legally valid fashion.

Further negotiations took place in January and February 1965 before the talks were broken off in March 1965. On March 23, 1965 a German diplomat recorded that the Czechoslovak negotiating position had hardened considerably between February and March. 32 Although no formal negotiations took place between March 1965 and January 1967, there were a number of attempts to maintain contacts in the meantime. 34 In December 1966 a new government came to power in West Germany that for the first time included the Social Democratic Party (SPD), and Willy Brandt became foreign minister.

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