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Anglo-German Relations During the Labour Governments 1964-70NATO Strategy, Detente and European Integration$
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Terry Macintyre

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780719076008

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: July 2012

DOI: 10.7228/manchester/9780719076008.001.0001

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The offset agreements and their impact on Anglo-German relations

The offset agreements and their impact on Anglo-German relations

(p.73) Chapter 3 The offset agreements and their impact on Anglo-German relations
Anglo-German Relations During the Labour Governments 1964-70

Terry Macintyre

Manchester University Press

This chapter examines the negotiations between Britain and Germany leading to the series of offset agreements, under which Germany agreed to buy British exports, in the form of armaments and civilian purchases. Under pressure from a serious balance of payments problem, Britain demanded more support than Germany was prepared to give, and resorted to threats of troop withdrawals if its demands were not met. The dispute reached its peak in 1966, when the United States, under similar economic pressure, and concerned about the knock-on effect that British troop withdrawals might have, was drawn into the dispute. The trilateral deal that was struck in 1967 marked the decline of the dispute in importance, when Britain and Germany agreed subsequently that collaborative projects, such as the joint development of a multi-role combat aircraft, might shape future negotiations, and when Britain pledged its future to Europe.

Keywords:   Britian, Germany, British exports, armaments, troop withdrawals, payments problem, United States, Europe, combat aircraft

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