Brandt, Willy
April 1968
Foreign Affairs;Apr1968, Vol. 46 Issue 3, p476
This article presents information on the U.S. policy towards East Germany. The policy is to safeguard peace, reduce tensions, improve relations and contribute to a system of peaceful order in Europe. Particularly since the two great democratic parties formed a coalition government, several changes have occurred in Bonn with regard to how these aims may be better realized, and these changes are not merely ones of form or degree. This is not acknowledged in the East. German policy does not intend to be an obstacle to this development. They have realized that professing peaceful intentions is not enough: One must make an active effort to organize peace. This includes a renunciation of the use or threat of force in any form, not only because war must never again emanate from German soil, but because it is in the interest of U.S. The Federal Republic would automatically be drawn into any major military struggle between East and West. It would inescapably be the first victim. Even in Germany's present situation, the U.S. policy is grounded in a set of facts and requirements which cannot be forfeited.


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