1954: Setting the Course in Alliance Policy

Sep 15, 2023

Akten zur Auswärtigen Politik der Bundesrepublik Deutschland
[Documents on the Foreign Policy of the Federal Republic of Germany]

Editing work by Mechthild Lindemann
Commissioned by the Federal Foreign Office, edited by the Institute for Contemporary History
General Editor: Andreas Wirsching
Co-Editor: Stefan Creuzberger und Hélène Miard-Delacroix
Senior Editor: Ilse Dorothee Pautsch

In 1954 the West German Government’s policy centered on efforts to regain state sovereignty. The main focus was on the European Defence Community and the associated entry into force of the Bonn Agreements. After the failure of the EDC, a new solution was found with the Paris Treaties of 23 October. Central issues were also the German question, a settlement for the Saar region and a large number of problems stemming from the Second World War period.

Mechthild Lindemann, Leibniz Institute for Contemporary History, Munich – Berlin, Germany