Stralass, Franz-Josef
April 1959
Foreign Affairs;Apr1959, Vol. 37 Issue 3, p366
The article presents information about the political relations between Soviet Union and Germany. The present tension between East and West cannot be seen as something separate from historical events since 1917. Nor can one examine the facts and consequences of the cold war apart from the political repercussions of the technical revolution of the time, or apart from the ideological principles of Soviet policy. The Western powers had no uniform conception of what should be done with Germany after its defeat. Russians demands clearly reflect the aims of Soviet policy in Germany, especially as set forth at the Paris, Moscow and London Conferences of Foreign Ministers in 1946 and 1947. Their objective was Soviet control of the whole of Germany and increased influence in all of Western Europe. Soviet policy towards Germany has not changed in substance in the ensuing period. Now, the inter-relationship between the German problem and that of European security is often stressed. It is said that German unity must be reestablished in conformity with European security or within a European security system.


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