Back in Fashion? The Resurgence of Bilateral Diplomacy in Europe

Mattelaer, A., 31 Mar 2021, "Back in Fashion? The Resurgence of Bilateral Diplomacy in Europe" In Poland and Germany in the European Union: The Multidimensional Dynamics of Bilateral Relations. Opiłowska, E. & Sus, M. (eds.). Abingdon: Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group, pp. 42-54.


Book Description

This book explores the political and social dynamics of the bilateral relations between Germany and Poland at the national and subnational levels, taking into account the supranational dynamics, across such different policy areas as trade, foreign and security policy, energy, fiscal issues, health and social policy, migration and local governance.

By studying the impact of the three explanatory categories – the historical legacy, interdependence and asymmetry – on the bilateral relationship, the book explores the patterns of cooperation and identifies the driving forces and hindering factors of the bilateral relationship. Covering the Polish–German relationship since 2004, it demonstrates, in a systematic way, that it does not qualify as embedded bilateralism. The relationship remains historically burdened and asymmetric, and thus it is not resilient to crises.

This book will be of key interest to scholars and students of European and EU Politics, German politics, East/Central European Politics, borderlands studies, and more broadly, for international relations, history and sociology.