Ochrona środowiska w polityce zagranicznej RFN
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Environment Protection in the Foreign Policy of the FRG
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The article provides an analysis of the circumstances conditioning environmental foreign policy (Umweltaußenpolitik), which is an important area of the diplomatic activity of the Federal Republic of Germany on the international arena and allows it to assume a leading role in the developmental processes underway in Europe in the 21st century. The first part explains the concept of Umweltaußenpolitik and outlines the context and methodological assumptions of the research. The research itself was done using the matrix proposed by P. Harris and J. Barkdull in 2002, which has so far rarely appeared in Polish literature of the subject of a country’s foreign policy. On this basis the second part of the article explains conditions characterizing the foreign policy of the FRG that determine the realization of this country’s interests in international environment protection. The indicated determinants help us to assess the ways and forms of Berlin’s anticipations of global ecological problems; they also serve as a background for presenting the strategies and tools employed by German diplomacy to secure its interests.
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