Chapter 3 - Britain, the FRG’s Deutschlandpolitik,and the quadripartite agreement on Berlin 121
121 Chapter 3 Britain, the FRG’s ‘Deutschlandpolitik’, and the quadripartite agreement on Berlin 3.1 Introduction This chapter debates the British attitude towards the Federal Republic’s Deutschlandpolitik and the quadripartite negotiations on Berlin. Despite ongoing British support for Ostpolitik, concerns persisted in Britain about the development of relations between the two German states and the quadripartite negotiations on the capital of the former Reich. These concerns peaked at the end of 1970 as a result of the lack of progress in the quadripartite talks on Berlin, which also caused growing apprehen- sion in the United States about the conduct of the West German gov- ernment. It was only throughout 1971 that British decision-makers gradually dropped their reservations about some aspects of Brandt’s Eastern and inner-German policies. This more positive British attitude reflected the evolution in the position of the United States. More spe- cifically, following initial scepticism about Brandt’s international achieve- ments, since the early months of 1971 the Nixon administration, also as a result of a clarification in the linkage policy of the Federal govern- ment, which made ratification of the Eastern treaties conditional upon a satisfactory agreement among the Four Powers on Berlin, had begun to support Ostpolitik, viewing it as a fundamental step for the continu- ation of the dialogue with the Soviet Union and the consolidation of détente in Europe. Finally, as well as a co-ordination of its policy with that of Washington, support for the Federal government also reflected Britain’s interest in a successful conclusion...
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