The German Case for Ostpolitik.

by Fritz Walter Ermarth

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A review of two books on West Germany's foreign policy: A Peace Policy for Europe by Willy Brandt and East West Relations: A German View, by Ernst Majonica. Policy toward the East, Ostpolitik, important because of its newness, has three main components. First, it seeks to persuade the Soviets that division in Germany and in Europe is neither durable nor in the Soviet interest. Secondly, it seeks to improve relations with East Europe, excluding East Germany. The third component is the unanswered question, "How should Bonn deal with East Germany?" It is within this framework that Brandt and Majonica address the problems of Ostpolitik, albeit with significant differences of spirit and letter. Containing the elements of realism and serious danger, both views indicate the necessity for West Germany's allies to appreciate the virtues of her foreign policy and to understand its inherent fragility.

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