Multilateralism, German Foreign Policy and Central Europe

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Taylor & Francis, Nov 10, 2004 - Political Science - 176 pages
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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.

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CLAUS HOFHANSEL teaches Comparative Politics and International Relations at Rhode Island College.

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