The Political Debate in the Federal Republic of Germany

  • Hans Günter Brauch


No defence issues since the adoption of NATO’s strategy of flexible response and of the political goals of the 1967 ‘Harmel Report’ have been as divisive politically within governments, coalitions, parties, churches and trade unions in Western Europe. While the 1979 INF decision caused the formation of a new independent peace movement and posed a basic challenge to NATO’s nuclear posture and its first use option as well as to the search for alternative political and military security and arms control policies,1 President Reagan’s strategic vision of overcoming deterrence based on offensive nuclear weapons neither halted the disintegration of public nuclear policy acceptance and the erosion of the common foreign and security policy consensus within the Alliance nor persuaded the West European governments (who had implemented the INF decision at a high political price) and the European anti-nuclear movement to jump on the SDI bandwagon. Instead President Reagan’s ‘Star Wars’ vision and the subsequent SDI programme became even more divisive within coalition governments — in West Germany in particular — between France and the Federal Republic of Germany, within the Western European Union, and within the European Communities and the North Atlantic Alliance.2


Foreign Policy Coalition Government Foreign Minister United States Government Cruise Missile 
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