Party Politics and Security Policies in the FRG

  • Jeffrey Boutwell


It has become an article of faith that for much of the 1960s and 1970s there existed in the FRG a broad-based security consensus among the major political parties on the basic tenets of German security policy. Dating from the Grand Coalition between the CDU-CSU and the SPD in 1966, if not from the SPD’s adoption of its Bad Godesberg programme in 1959, and extending through Helmut Schmidt’s tenure as chancellor to 1982, this security consensus encompassed the moderates and left-liberals in the SPD, the centrist FDP, and the dominant moderate conservative wing of the CDU.1 Only the doctrinaire socialist wing of the SPD and the right-wing conservatives of the CDU, and especially the CSU, found themselves at odds with majority German sentiment on security policy.


Party Politics Security Policy Grand Coalition Foreign Minister Green Party 
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