Ostpolitik- background to east and west relations

Who was Willi Brandt and what was his policy concerning the GDR?
He was a social democrat who became chancellor of the FRG in 1969. He began a policy of reconciliation with the GDR.
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Up to this point, what had FRG policy towards the GDR been like?
No recognition. Adenauer, post war chancellor of the FRG had threatened to break off diplomatic relations with any country excluding USSR that recognised the GDR- Hallstein Doctrine of 1955
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What did Adenauer believe about the GDR and Germany?
That only the FRG represented Germany on the world stage, the GDR was simply an interloper
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By 1968, which countries recognised the GDR, and which did not?
Most communist countries but no developed capitalist countries
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What was FRG government's post war stance on the division of germany?
That the division of germany and any frontier disputes must be solved before there could be any military disengagement from NATO, let alone diplomatic recognition of the GDR.
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What did the 1961 crisis over Berlin and the refusal of the west to intervene in the USSR invasion of czechoslovakia signify?
That the USA would not go to war over the issue of German reunification, that the wall had solved many issues and it was here to stay, that the west recognised and would not interfere in the USSRs sphere of influence.
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Up to this point, what had FRG policy towards the GDR been like?

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No recognition. Adenauer, post war chancellor of the FRG had threatened to break off diplomatic relations with any country excluding USSR that recognised the GDR- Hallstein Doctrine of 1955

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What did Adenauer believe about the GDR and Germany?

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By 1968, which countries recognised the GDR, and which did not?

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What was FRG government's post war stance on the division of germany?

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