Back in Fashion? The resurgence of bilateral diplomacy in Europe
Article in “Poland and Germany in the European Union. The Multidimensional Dynamics of Bilateral Relations” (Routledge). This book explores the political and social dynamics of the bilateral relations between Germany and Poland at the national and subnational levels, taking into account the supranational dynamics, across such different policy areas as trade, foreign and security policy, energy, fiscal issues, health and social policy, migration and local governance.
By studying the impact of the three explanatory categories – the historical legacy, interdependence and asymmetry – on the bilateral relationship, the book explores the patterns of cooperation and identifies the driving forces and hindering factors of the bilateral relationship. Covering the Polish–German relationship since 2004, it demonstrates, in a systematic way, that it does not qualify as embedded bilateralism. The relationship remains historically burdened and asymmetric, and thus it is not resilient to crises.
This book will be of key interest to scholars and students of European and EU Politics, German politics, East/Central European Politics, borderlands studies, and more broadly, for international relations, history and sociology.
Read the article in the “Poland and Germany in the European Union. The Multidimensional Dynamics of Bilateral Relations”. Edited by Elzbieta Opilowska, Monika Sus, March 31, 2021 by Routledge.
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