The Two German States and European Security by F. Stephen Larrabee

By F. Stephen Larrabee

This selection of essays examines the connection among West Germany and the German Democratic Republic when it comes to economics and politics. the issues attributable to the department of Germany relating to ecu and foreign defence regulations also are mentioned. F.Stephen Larrabee previously served at the US nationwide safety Council as a expert on Soviet-East ecu affairs and has written a number of books on army relatives, together with "Eastern Europe: A Generational swap" and "Gorbachev and the Soviet Military".

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VIII THE SECURITY DIMENSION These domestic changes take on increased saliency because they interact with important changes in the security arena. The signing of an INF agreement and the probability that a strategic arms accord will be signed in the not too distant future have increased the prospects for a diminution and a restructuring of the military competition in Europe. Any restructuring of military capabilities in Europe, however, would have a direct impact on the two German states because they have the largest concentration of troops and artillery in Europe.

There is, moreover, a strong continuity over time and across party lines in Bonn's Deutschlandpolitik. While in opposition the CDU was highly critical of the SPD's policy toward the East and the GDR in particular. Once in power, however, 16 F. Stephen Larrabee Helmut Kohl has pursued much the same policy. This highlights the degree to which Deutschlandpolitik has become a national priority in the Federal Republic. How far the CDU's position has shifted since the early 1970s is reflected in the passages concerning Deutschlandpolitik in the position paper on foreign policy worked out by the internal party commission headed by CDU General Secretary Heiner Geissler, which was submitted for discussion and approval at the party conference in Wiesbaden in June 1988.

The GDR has also increasingly developed a strong vested stake in good ties with Bonn, especially in the economic area. The contributions to this volume by Gert Leptin and Juergen Nitz discuss the economic dimensions of the relationship. Both authors point to the way in which trade has served to stabilize relations between the two German states. Yet their perspectives are quite different. Whereas Leptin stresses the role that political factors have played in the development of trade, Nitz puts the emphasis on economic factors, arguing that politics and economy have been relatively independent of one another.

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