Cover Osteuropa 2-3/2009

In Osteuropa 2-3/2009

From Soviet Satellite to Integration with the West
Twenty Years of Czech Europe Policy: A Balance

Vladimír Handl

Deutsche Fassung


East Central Europe sees itself wedged between Germany and Russia. How to deal with this is a central task of foreign policy. The year 1989 made possible a new answer. “Return to Europe” was the slogan used to introduce orientation towards the West. The balance after 20 years, for the Czech Republic as well as the other countries of the region, is positive: As members of NATO and the EU, they are integrated economically and politically into the Euro-Atlantic area. Nonetheless, in the past few years, there has once again been talk about the "Europe in between".

(Osteuropa 2-3/2009, pp. 357–368)