Cover Osteuropa 2-3/2013

In Osteuropa 2-3/2013

Strategy is Possible
The Diplomat Huterer on German Policy toward the East

Deutsche Fassung


Foreign policy has changed. The complexity of the international system has grown; the borders between domestic and foreign are blurring. Diplomatic life is marked by acceleration. German interests and positions are constantly coordinated with those of other European Union countries and are embedded in a common foreign and security policy. This affects policy towards Eastern Europe as well. The responsible desk officer at the Foreign Office, Manfred Huterer, defends the partnership for modernisation with Russia, sees Ukraine as a prism in which the hopes and limits of transition are clear, concedes that Europe’s Belarus policy has not led to the desired results, criticises the weak analytical penetration of post-Soviet space, and calls for a new East European expertise beyond the affirmative mainstream.

(Osteuropa 2-3/2013, pp. 269–276)