Paola Varotto

Title of my research project is "Ostpolitik im Wandel? The unfolding of West German foreign policy toward East Germany during the Schmidt years, 1974-1982".

My research aims at studying how Schmidt's/Genscher's Ostpolitik toward the GDR unfolded during the years 1974-82; how its conduction in Bonn was affected by the dramatic international and domestic changes occurring during the seventies; and particularly, what its collocation was within the broader foreign (Western) policy of the Schmidt’s government.

My main research interests are the history of international relations, the cold war history and the history of European integration