Friday, January 03, 2014

Remembering Willy Brandt and His Ostpolitik

Willy Brandt

Willy Brandt, Germany's first Social Democrat chancellor after 1930, was a Nobel Peace Prize Winner and a statesman, as opposed to a mere politician.

Maria Skora writes about Brandt and his forgotten Ostpolitik.

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Sadly, Brandt resigned as chancellor when a trusted aide, G√ľnter Guillaume, was unmasked as an East German spy. The scandal seemed to vindicate Brandt's conservative critics who accused him and other advocates of coexistence and detente of being dangerously naive regarding Soviet intentions.

The critically acclaimed play Democracy is based on the espionage scandal.