The independent resource on global security

Germany and Europe in Transition

Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN 0-19-829146-9
239 pp.
February, 1991
Once again the subject is Europe after war—this time, the cold war. The European security landscape has changed considerably. The period from November 1989 to November 1990 can be compared with such decisive dates in twentieth-century European history as 1918 and 1945. Germany and Europe have entered a crucial period of transition. While it was relatively easy to describe the dramatic events and changes in the making, it is now more difficult to demonstrate their mutual relationships within the framework of the new European system emerging from them.

The documents published in this volume—many of them for the first time—provide an important record of this historic period. Key papers by some of the leading German politicians of this period, delivered at a SIPRI/IPW conference in Potsdam in February 1990, are also presented. The volume provides the background for a better understanding of developments in Europe—particularly the role of the new German state—to contribute to a sober assessment of the role which the united Germany can play in an emerging new structure for European security, and to facilitate further research on these topics and related issues.



Adam Daniel Rotfeld and Walther Stützle


Part I. A European peace order and the responsibility of the two German states

1. The network of FRG-GDR agreements and the future of Europe

Christa Luft

2. German responsibility for a peaceful order in Europe

Hans-Dietrich Genscher

3. Berlin and European developments

Walter Momper

4. Elections in the GDR: European aspects

A panel discussion chaired by Egon Bahr

Participants: Gregor Gysi, Lothar de Maizière, Walter Romberg, Gerhard Lindner, Bärbel Bohley, Günter Bransch, Fred Dumke

5. German unity and security in Europe

Max Schmidt

6. The research agenda ahead: Lessons for institutes

Karl E. Birnbaum

7. The future of Europe and Germany: conference summary

Adam Daniel Rotfeld


Part II. Documents on German unification and European security

Appendix A. Programme of the SIPRI/IPW Conference, Potsdam, 8-10 February 1990

Appendix B. List of conference participants


Dr Adam Daniel Rotfeld was Director of SIPRI from 1991-2002.
Dr Walther Stützle was the Director of SIPRI from 1986 to 1991.