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Wider die machtpolitische Resozialisierung der deutschen Außenpolitik

Countering Germany’s Realpolitik Re-Socialisation : a Plea for Offensive Idealism

  • German foreign policy is in the midst of a far-reaching transformation. Contrary to disciplinary expectations, this process is neither properly captured by descriptions in the liberal tradition („Europeanisation“, „Civilian Power“) nor by Realist expectations that Germany is doomed to „remilitarise“ and/or „renationalise“. However, the key term of foreign policy discourse, „normalisation“, is an unmistakable code, signalling a rediscovery of traditional Realpolitik practices which fit Germany’s current environment. The paper argues that rather than merely playing the role of an obedient disciple of Realpolitik socialisers, Germany ought to rehabilitate the foreign policy tradition of the Bonn Republic in support of an active Idealpolitik transformation of its environment. The article serves as a starting point for a debate on German foreign policy in the upcoming issues of WeltTrends.

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Author:Gunther Hellmann
Document Type:Postprint
Year of Completion:2004
Publishing Institution:Universität Potsdam
Release Date:2006/08/09
Tag:Common Foreign and Security Policy; German Foreign Policy; Germany; Realpolitik
Source:WeltTrends : Zeitschrift für internationale Politik und vergleichende Studien. - 42 (2004). - S. 79 - 88
RVK - Regensburg Classification:MA 8157
Organizational units:Extern / Extern
Dewey Decimal Classification:3 Sozialwissenschaften / 32 Politikwissenschaft / 320 Politikwissenschaft
Collections:Universität Potsdam / Zeitschriften / WeltTrends : Zeitschrift für internationale Politik, ISSN 0944-8101 / Europäische Außenpolitik 42 (2004)
Notes extern:erschienen in: WeltTrends : Zeitschrift für internationale Politik und vergleichende Studien. - 42 (2004)
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