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By Prospect   September 2010

Germany’s foreign policy 16th July 2010

In response to Hans Kundnani (June, 2010), I’d like to point out that Germany has always had a distinct post-war foreign policy. The Hallstein doctrine of trying to isolate and delegitimise the East German state was replaced by Willy Brandt’s outreach to Moscow, an initiative which reached its nadir when the SPD-FDP government came close to endorsing the suppression of the Polish Solidarity union by the communist regime in December 1981.

In the early 1990s, Germany’s unilateral recognition of Croatia precipitated the decade-long Balkan crisis, though the massacres at Srebrenica—while EU governments stood on…

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