German foreign policy comes under the sign of continuity and reliability. It is shaped by cooperation in a spirit of partnership and a wish to balance interests. The key parameters of German foreign policy can be described by the twin lodestars of “never again” and “never alone“. “Never again” is to be seen against the background of German history and understood as a rejection of authoritarian and expansion-oriented politics as well as profound skepticism against the means of military power. “Never alone” signifies Germany’s firm embedding in the community of Western democracies. Germany’s integration into a Europe that is growing ever more closely together and its firm roots in the North Atlantic Treaty Organization comprise the cornerstones of its orientation in foreign policy. Germany is involved in many ways in organizations for multilateral cooperation.


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