German Foreign Policy in a Strategic Triangle: Bonn–Paris–Washington

in German Politics and Society
Helga Haftendorn Free University of Berlin

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German foreign policy operates in a strategic triangle, the corner points of which are Bonn, Paris, and Washington. This constellation dates to the end of World War II. Since that time, German foreign policy has been influenced by this strategic triangle, which provides for

political opportunities as well as for significant risks. It relies on the interdependence of German-American, German-French, and French-American relations.

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