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RAFAŁ ULATOWSKI, Germany: the rise of geoeconomic power and its limits

RAFAŁ ULATOWSKI
Dr hab., Assistant Professor, PhD, Institute of International Relations, Faculty of Political Science and International Studies, Warsaw University, Poland;
E-mail: r.ulatowski@uw.edu.pl

Abstract
Since the unification of Germany on 3 October 1990, German governments have been looking for the right foreign policy. The issue of continuity and change has been permanently discussed. Since the early 21st century, Germany has adopted a geoeconomic strategy.
The goal of this paper is to evaluate the rise and limits of the German geoeconomic strategy in the 21st century. How effectively did Germany use international cooperation to increase national prosperity and to transform its economic strength into political power? I argue that geoeconomic strategy is an important support for the German economy and helps increase economic well-being in Germany, but that it did not increase Germany’s influence on the politics of great powers.

Keywords
Germany, geoeconomics, power, economy, Russia, China

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