Hans-Dietrich Genscher

Hans-Dietrich Genscher in Europe

Life and Work of Hans-Dietrich Genscher(1927-)

The Concise Encyclopedia of the European Union describes hans-dietrich genscher(1927-) in the following terms: [1] Born in East Germany and a life-long adherent of détente, Ostpolitik and European integration, Genscher was German foreign minister from 1974 to 1992. The 1981 ‘Genscher-Colombo Plan’, of which the co-author was the Italian foreign minister Emilio Colombo, proposed an extension of the EC’s powers into new areas, including foreign policy, defence and justice, together with a revival of the role of majority voting, which had lapsed under Charles de Gaulle. The Plan was reflected in the Stuttgart Declaration of 1983 and led indirectly to the Single European Act of 1986. Elements of it also featured in the Maastricht Treaty of 1992.

The more European our foreign policy is, the more national it is.Hans-Dietrich Genscher, German foreign minister, Vienna 1989

Genscher was among the first to support the Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev and consistently advocated Western aid to the USSR. In 1991 he was considered to have been responsible for Germany’s recognition of Croatia’s independence from Yugoslavia, a policy applauded by some but held by others to have provoked the ensuing war with Serbia.

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  1. Based on the book “A Concise Encyclopedia of the European Union from Aachen to Zollverein”, by Rodney Leach (Profile Books; London)

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