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High on reassurance, low on deterrence – Germany’s stance on strengthening NATO’s eastern flank. OSW Commentary NUMBER 217 | 05.07.2016

Gotkowska, Justyna (2016) High on reassurance, low on deterrence – Germany’s stance on strengthening NATO’s eastern flank. OSW Commentary NUMBER 217 | 05.07.2016. [Policy Paper]

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    Abstract

    Germany’s stance on strengthening NATO’s eastern flank has evolved over the last two years. Berlin agreed to make collective defence a priority for NATO once again and consented to a greater allied presence in Poland and the Baltic states. Germany continues however to express reservations and is attempting to limit the scope of NATO’s engagement. The overall change in Germany’s policy was due to several reasons. In the last two years Germany has ceased to perceive Russia as a partner and begun instead to view it as a challenge to the security of Europe. Germany has also been pressed hard by its allies – the USA, Poland and the Baltic states - to change its position within NATO and to increase its military engagement on the eastern flank. Berlin has thus gradually expanded its military presence in the region – also in part so it may maintain its credibility within the alliance. However, Germany still eyes its military involvement on the eastern flank more along the lines of reassuring its allies than of deterring Russia.

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    Item Type: Policy Paper
    Subjects for non-EU documents: EU policies and themes > External relations > common foreign & security policy 1993--(includes CSDP)
    Other international institutions > NATO
    Countries > Germany
    Subjects for EU documents: UNSPECIFIED
    EU Series and Periodicals: UNSPECIFIED
    EU Annual Reports: UNSPECIFIED
    Series: Series > Centre for Eastern Studies (OSW) > OSW Commentary
    Depositing User: Phil Wilkin
    Official EU Document: No
    Language: English
    Date Deposited: 21 Jul 2016 13:40
    Number of Pages: 7
    Last Modified: 21 Jul 2016 13:40
    URI: http://aei.pitt.edu/id/eprint/77991

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