Reunification and Globalisation

Peter M. R. Stirk

in Twentieth-Century German Political Thought

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print March 2006 | ISBN: 9780748622900
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748652730 | DOI:
Reunification and Globalisation

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After 1989, it proved possible to incorporate East Germany into the constitutional order of the Federal Republic without the formation of a new constitution despite the fact that the latter had clearly been envisaged by the Basic Law. The apparent ease of reunification was deceptive in several senses. The rhetoric of sovereignty was challenged by the rhetoric of humanitarian intervention that seemed to some little more than a pretext for imperial ambitions. For Germany, sovereignty had indeed been regained, but this was the sovereignty of a normal member of the European Union. It was the sovereignty of a state enmeshed in innumerable international agreements and subject to the actions of multi-national corporations. Normality, supposing it to have been regained, was not what had been normal.

Keywords: East Germany; constitutional order; Basic Law; sovereignty; humanitarian intervention; international agreements

Chapter.  9097 words. 

Subjects: International Relations

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