German Foreign Policy

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Peace and freedom are the focal points of German foreign policy. They can only be guaranteed through cooperation in a spirit of trust and a fair balancing of interests with our partners in the United Nations, NATO, G8, OSCE and EU.

Assuming Responsibility For Peace and Security - Article by Thomas de Maizière

Euro crisis and “Arab Spring“, two challenges limited to regions in name only, kept Germany and the world in suspense in 2011. The dynamics, complexity, and strategic imponderability of today’s security environment just as the high-speed changes associated with that have become apparent in impressive clarity. In essence, and this applies to these examples, too, it is about recognizing the enormous strategic developments and about gearing the political decisions in response to them. This is not new at all. With the realignment of the Bundeswehr, Germany responds to the security challenges of today and tomorrow. Responsibly granting security in view of the tremendous variety of chances and risks of the beginning 21st century and the parallelism and interdependence of global developments demands many and diverse instruments and capabilities. To that end, a government needs to have various options of action. This includes modern and combat-ready armed forces.

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Flash chronology: "History of German foreign policy"

Flash animation with a chronology of major developments in German foreign policy since the founding of the Federal Republic of Germany in 1949 including the construction of the Wall in 1961.