Multilateralism, German Foreign Policy, and Central Europe

Multilateralism, German Foreign Policy, and Central Europe

Multilateralism, German Foreign Policy, and Central Europe

Multilateralism, German Foreign Policy, and Central Europe

Synopsis

How does the foreign policy of reunified Germany differ from the West German strong commitment to multilateralism? Multilateralism, German Foreign Policy and Central Europe focuses on German relations with the Czech Republic and Poland in order to investigate the changes and continuities in German foreign policy following the Cold War. After a theoretical introduction and an overview of multilateralism in German foreign policy. This book analyzes the 'high politics' of German foreign policy towards Czechoslovakia/the Czech Republic and Poland, focusing on the main diplomatic agreements negotiated after 1945. The next two chapters address the legacy of the past in contemporary Czech-German and Polish-German relations, including the compensation for victims of the Nazi regimes and the rights of ethnic German minorities. Then the book shifts its emphasis to the future of German relations with its eastern neighbours, and EU enlargement in particular. This scholarly volume will interest all students and researchers of German foreign policy and Central European politics.

Excerpt

This book began almost a decade ago as a conference paper on German- Czech relations. Since then German-Czech and German-Polish relations as well as my manuscript have seen a number of ups and downs. Certainly German-Czech relations are in better shape today than they were in the mid-1990s. in writing this book I have incurred a number of debts. a research grant by the American Political Science Association and two Rhode Island College research grants enabled me to travel to Europe and conduct interviews. Jeffrey Anderson and Peter Dombrowski offered advice on parts of the manuscript as did a number of conference participants and anonymous reviewers. My wife Alexandra endured my anxieties and numerous requests to read drafts. About halfway through this journey Franziska entered our lives and became the most pleasant distraction from completing this project.

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