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C H A P T E R VI I I FRENCH DIPLOMACY AFTER POTSDAM The French welcomed the gains they made at Potsdam, but they had no illusions that they had achieved the unquestioned right to participate as an equal in Allied councils or that their German policy stood much chance of acceptance. The hope of support from the Soviet Union, so high in December, 1944, had dwindled by the summer of the next year. In the period im- mediately following the Potsdam conference, therefore, de Gaulle made some effort to improve French relations with the United States and even

IV FRENCH DIPLOMACY AND ANGLO-DUTCH RELATIONS, 1778-1779 Until the Battle of Saratoga the French public policy toward the Ameri- can war had been one of careful neutrality. We have seen how the American bid for support was officially denied in 1776 (p. 44). For years Versailles had been preparing to renew the struggle with Great Britain. The American war offered France an opportunity to gain revenge for the humiliating treaty of 1763. The possibility of humbling an ancient adversary by helping to establish an independent America was far too tempting to resist

The View of French Diplomacy on the German-Polish Border Shift, 1940-1950 Eloi Piet INTRODUCTION The Western territories gained back by Poland are Polish territories. Effor ts to de- velop those territories made over the last eighteen months deserve all our atten- tion. These regions have already lost their German character; the last remaining Germans will soon be gone. We, the French, consider the Polish borders – as es- tablished in Potsdam – to be totally legitimate, both historically speaking and from the perspective of the security of Poland and the other

Johanna Sprondel and Tilman Haug What’s in a promesse authentique? Doubting and confirming authenticity in 17th-century French diplomacy Die Falschheit mit gutem Gewissen; die Lust an der Verstellung als Macht herausbrechend, den sogenannten ‚Charakter’ beiseite schiebend, überflutend, mitunter auslöschend; das innere Verlangen in eine Rolle und Maske, in einen Schein hinein; ein Überschuß von Anpassungs-Fähigkeiten aller Art, welche sich nicht mehr im Dienste des nächsten engsten Nutzens zu befriedigen wissen: alles das ist vielleicht nicht nur der

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A Study in French Diplomacy during the War of the First Coalition, 1792–1797
The Story of John and Abigail Adams in Europe

47 Philippe Perchoc* Institut de sciences politiques Louvain-Europe (ISPOLE), Université Catholique de Louvain Paris, Moscow, and “Europe out of the EU” Under the presidencies of Nicolas Sarkozy and François Hollande, the French diplomats were keen to strengthen the partnership between Paris and Moscow as it served French interests on the interna- tional stage. In this context, this article demonstrates that Eastern-Central Europe (Belarus, Ukraine, Moldova and the Caucasus) is of secondary interest for French diplomacy, unless it provides an op- portunity

french diplomacy pursued its interests in a masterly manner. To overcome policy defects by an extension of policy seems rather grotesque. The concept of a federal European state lacks all necessary prerequisites. In addition one is handed over to the unknown results of majority decisions. The present policy of the European Central Bank is an example for that. The continuing responsibility of a member state has, under these conditions, the character of a safe harbour. As far as the currency union is concerned three options can be distinguished: The actual