In Search of Security: A Socio-Psychological Portrait of Today's Germany

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Germany's International Role

Germany's foreign policy could not remain immune from the dramatic series of events of the early 1990s. German reunification and the other changes transforming the face of the continent led to feelings of insecurity in Europe. The Germans must now find their own identity and project that new role in their partnership with other countries. The "German question" that had stood at the center of the Cold War was resolved on an international basis; not nationally, however. The resolution of the "old" German question through reunification has produced a "new" German question: that is, Germany must confront the concerns and skepticism of its partners and friends toward a nation that has regained its unity and sovereignty, and has assumed a powerful role in a new international constellation.


FOREIGN AND SECURITY POLICY

The Basis for German Foreign and Security Policy: The Sovereignty of a Larger Germany

The Germans are now faced with a new situation because the day of reunification officially restored Germany's international sovereignty. Neither the Federal Republic nor the former GDR were ever truly sovereign, because the postwar order still reigned supreme in Europe: the four victorious powers (the United States, Great Britain, France and the former Soviet Union) continued to decide on Germany's future on the basis of their rights derived from victory over Germany--though West Germans hardly seemed to notice.

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