TITLE

GERMANY IN A SEMI-GAULLIST EUROPE

AUTHOR(S)
Stern, Fritz
PUB. DATE
March 1980
SOURCE
Foreign Affairs;Spring80, Vol. 58 Issue 4, p867
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
The article examines the role of Germany in the Western Alliance in view of the substantive differences between the United States and its European allies. The Afghanistan crisis has dramatized and intensified antecedent changes and strains in the Western alliance. There was unanimous, if separate, condemnation of Soviet aggression, but there were also divergent, and often acrimoniously divergent, assessments of the causes of aggression and the nature of the challenge. In essence, the leadership of a weakened America is being challenged by a more independent Europe, led by an ever more important Franco-German condominium. The European, especially the German, commitment to d�tente is formidable. The Federal Republic, closest ally of both America and France and at the same time the much-wooed, much-threatened, privileged partner of the Soviet Union, clearly emerges as the principal actor next to the United States. The Western alliance is unprecedented in voluntary association of unequal nations, it decades of intense change and crisis.
ACCESSION #
4854074

 

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