West German Recovery

January 19, 1954

Report Outline
New Role of Germany in International Affairs
Political Transformation of Western Germany
Postwar Economic Recovery of Western Germany
Special Focus

New Role of Germany in International Affairs

The Phenomenal Rise of Western Germany from the rains of Hitler's Reich to the resurgent Federal Republic of 1954 has introduced a new and dynamic factor in international relations. Although the Bonn government will not participate in the forthcoming four-power foreign ministers' conference at Berlin, its influence is certain to be felt in current and future political discussions among the United States, Great Britain, France, and the Soviet Union.

Even before the young state has achieved full sovereignty, its rapidly growing political and economic power is an element to be reckoned with in Europe. As it advances toward complete independence, with freedom of action and powerful resources of its own, West Germany becomes an increasingly vital force in the world balance of power.

Contrasts Between Germany of 1945 and 1954

As the victors in World War II cautiously resume negotiations for a German peace settlement, they find a country which is vastly different from the prostrate nation which surrendered to them in 1945. The former German Reich is still a land divided into East and West zones of occupation. German unification is still the focal point of tension between Soviet Russia and the western powers. But the German people, though still divided, are no longer prostrate and no longer passive spectators in the continuing debate over the future of their country. On both sides of the boundary between East and West Germany the people themselves have become an active and potentially decisive force which neither of the two world blocs can ignore or completely dominate.

ISSUE TRACKER for Related Reports
Dec. 22, 1989  A Primer on German Reunification
Apr. 19, 1985  German Reconciliation
Feb. 25, 1983  West Germany's ‘Missile’ Election
Jan. 14, 1970  German Reconciliation
Jan. 29, 1969  West German Prosperity
Mar. 30, 1966  German Border Question and Reunification
Aug. 18, 1965  West German Election, 1965
Feb. 24, 1965  War Guilt Expiation
Jul. 01, 1964  German Question
Sep. 01, 1961  Captive East Germany
Aug. 23, 1961  West German Election, 1961
May 04, 1960  Berlin Question
Dec. 24, 1958  Berlin Crisis and German Reunification
Aug. 21, 1957  German Election, 1957
Oct. 19, 1955  European Security
Jun. 15, 1955  Germany and the Balance of Power
Oct. 19, 1954  German Rearmament
Jan. 19, 1954  West German Recovery
Mar. 12, 1953  Harassed Berlin
Apr. 26, 1950  German Problem
Feb. 18, 1948  Rehabilitation of the Ruhr
Oct. 23, 1946  Future of Germany
Nov. 25, 1944  Transfers of Populations
Nov. 01, 1940  Economic Controls in Nazi Germany
Mar. 09, 1939  Foreign Trade in German Economy
Apr. 02, 1936  Germany's Post-War European Relations
Nov. 02, 1934  The Coming Saab Plebiscite
Apr. 23, 1931  The Austro-German Customs Union Project
Feb. 05, 1929  The Rhineland Problem
Nov. 07, 1924  German National Elections December, 1924
Apr. 30, 1924  The German National Elections
Regional Political Affairs: Europe