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A Search for Identity: The “German Question” in Atlantic Alliance Relations
World Politics (1988)
  • Joyce Marie Mushaben, University of Missouri–St. Louis
Major changes in the postwar global environment have transformed “the” German question into many German questions that continue to complicate the foreign and domestic policy-making processes in the Federal Republic. Inconsistencies between official policy pronouncements and the accepted political modus operandi are explainable in terms of four “paradoxes”: (1) the nation/state identity paradox; (2) the reunification/integration paradox; (3) the stability/security paradox; and (4) the lessons-of-history/normalcy paradox. West German commitment to the Atlantic Alliance remains unshaken, but the FRG should not be forced to choose between the U.S. and Europe, between integration with the West and further improvement in relations with the GDR. Normalization of those relations will be best served by a mutual adherence to the principles of balance, territorial integrity, confidence building and greater transparency in matters of inter-German decision making.
Publication Date
April 1, 1988
Citation Information
Joyce Marie Mushaben. "A Search for Identity: The “German Question” in Atlantic Alliance Relations" World Politics Vol. 40 Iss. 3 (1988) p. 395 - 417
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