Bargaining with the bear: Chancellor Erhard's bid to buy German reunification, 1963–64

  title={Bargaining with the bear: Chancellor Erhard's bid to buy German reunification, 1963–64},
  author={Benedikt Schoenborn},
  journal={Cold War History},
  pages={23 - 53}
  • B. Schoenborn
  • Published 1 February 2008
  • Political Science
  • Cold War History
This article describes West German Chancellor Erhard's vision of reunification and explores Soviet and American reactions to Bonn's opening gesture to Moscow, in 1964. The main argument is that despite Washington's reluctance, Erhard envisaged offering Khrushchev massive economic aid in exchange for more political liberty in the GDR, and eventually for reunification. Evidence suggests that Erhard's objective corresponded in time with Khrushchev rethinking his relations to the FRG. The Soviet… 
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