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Politica externă a RFG şi originile Neue Ostpolitik
The FRG’s Foreign Policy and the Origins of Neue Ostpolitik

Author(s): Raul Denize
Subject(s): History
Published by: Institutul de Istorie Nicolae Iorga
Keywords: Foreign Policy; Federal Republic of Germany; Neue Ostpolitik, Willy Brandt; Wandel durch Annäherung.

Summary/Abstract: The aim of this paper is to analyse the various forms which the foreign policy of the Federal Republic of Germany took after 1949 and present them in the context of the Cold War. During the Adenauer years, the main objective of west-german foreign policy was the integration in the western community of democratic states, while the eastern policy was a very rigid one. The Soviet Union was seen as a violent state, willing to negociate only when faced with the threat of brute force. But begining with the middle of the 60’s the situation changed, and after 1969 it did so dramatically, with the introduction of the Neue Ostpolitik by Willy Brandt and Egon Bahr. The origins of the new eastern policy can be traced back to the construction of the Berlin Wall in 1961, and it had a major impact on the international arena.

  • Issue Year: 2013
  • Issue No: 1
  • Page Range: 171-183
  • Page Count: 12
  • Language: Romanian