Britain, Germany and the Non-Proliferation Treaty

Terry Macintyre

in Anglo-German Relations During the Labour Governments 1964-70

Published by Manchester University Press

Published in print December 2007 | ISBN: 9780719076008
Published online July 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781781701485 | DOI:
Britain, Germany and the Non-Proliferation Treaty

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This chapter discusses Anglo-German relations in the context of the negotiations leading to the agreement reached between the United States, the Soviet Union and Britain, and ultimately by Germany, on the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT). The negotiations were complex, in that they spilled over into other issues of concern to members of the Atlantic Alliance. Principally, these included the MLF/ANF project and whether moves within the Alliance to create opportunities for greater nuclear weapons sharing would prove acceptable to the Soviet Union. Multilateral negotiations were influenced by the changes of government in Bonn in 1966 and 1969, and the Soviet-inspired invasion of Czechoslovakia in 1968. They also occurred at a time when the British government was anxious to strengthen relations with Germany in support for Britain's commitment to Europe.

Keywords: Anglo-German relations; Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty; United States; Soviet Union; Britain; Germany; nuclear weapons sharing; Czechoslovakia invasion; Atlantic Alliance

Chapter.  12075 words. 

Subjects: UK Politics

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