chapter  7
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Overall, since the end of the Cold War, German governments have extended their emphasis on multilateral arrangements in Germany’s foreign relations from the West to relations with Central and Eastern Europe. This comes through, first of all, in an analysis of (West) German treaties with Poland and Czechoslovakia/the Czech Republic from the Cold War period to the 1990s. The Cold War treaties were bilateral treaties, although to understand them it is important to put them into the context of Cold War alliances and West German embeddedness in Western multilateral institutions in particular. In contrast to the infamous Rapallo Treaty of 1922 between Germany and the Soviet Union, in the 1960s and 1970s West German governments went to great lengths to inform Western allies of West German intentions and progress in the negotiations with the Soviet Union, Poland and Czechoslovakia. In the friendship and cooperation treaties of the early 1990s Germany committed itself to assisting Poland and Czechoslovakia/the Czech Republic in their efforts to join the most important multilateral European organization, the European Community/ European Union. These treaties also contained provisions on the rights of German minorities, which incorporated multilateral minority rights norms agreed to in the context of the Conference (Organization) for Security and Cooperation in Europe.