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In 1990, the future of Europe’s international politics hinged on two questions. One was how unification would affect the conduct of German foreign policy. The other was whether, and how, those institutions that had given security and prosperity to Western Europe during the Cold War would now do the same for the entire continent. The intersection of these questions is the topic of this book. It asks, quite plainly, what made Germany’s policies towards its immediate eastern neighbours tick. It answers that German policies were driven by the motivations, and the inhibitions, of a Civilian Power.
KeywordsForeign Policy Federal Republic International Politics East Central German Unification
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