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Gulliver in the Centre of Europe: International Involvement and National Capabilities for Action

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On 3 October 1990, as the jubilation over unification faded away, many Germans asked themselves what consequences the end of the partition of Germany (and of Europe) would have regarding Germany’s role in international affairs. With the ‘Final Settlement with Regard to Germany’,2 the last legal effects of the war ceased to exist. The military threat from the Soviet Union and the Warsaw Pact had abated and the possibility of setting up in Europe a new peace order seemed to open up.3 Is Germany still the ‘reluctant power’ (Franz-Josef Meiers) that it was through the post-war period, cultivating what foreign minister Klaus Kinkel has termed its ‘culture of restraint’, or will it in the future be more willing to bear the burden of global responsibilities and accept a leadership role in international affairs?

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