Nederlandsch Genootschap voor Internationale Zaken
Internationale Spectator: Tijdschrift voor Internationale Politiek vol:11 pages:545-548
Dirk Rochtus presents an analysis of the new orientations in German foreign policy, in particular concerning involvement in foreign interventions, peacekeeping and peace enforcement operations e.t.q. The German Chancellor Gerhard Schröder departs in several ways from his predecessors. In 1999 he surpassed a threshold by sending German troops to Kosovo, two years later he risked the future of his coalition by wanting to participate in the 'war on terrorism' in Afghanistan. Both times he earned the admiration of the U.S.A. But he put the same good German-American relations at stake during his election campaign in the Summer of 2002, when he refused to participate in an eventual Unites States-led action against Iraq. His unilateralism has estranged Germany from the USA, but - what is still worse - also from his European partners whom a common European position would suit much more.