The Cold War was a state of geopolitical tension after the end of World War II. It pitted the Eastern Bloc (the Soviet Union and its allies) against the Western Bloc (the United States, its NATO allies).
The Cold War split the temporary wartime alliance against Nazi Germany, reflected in the partition of Germany into West and East. The term "cold" is used as there was no large-scale fighting directly between the two sides, although there were "proxy wars" in other countries. Historians date the period between 1947, the year the Truman Doctrine (a U.S. foreign policy pledging to aid nations threatened by Soviet expansionism) and 1991, the year the Soviet Union collapsed. Here you can find an automatic compilation of all DW content referring to the "Cold War."
Not since the Cold War has Germany's foreign policy faced such crucial tests. Ahead of the German elections, DW's Tim Sebastian and a live audience quiz politicians from Germany's six major parties on foreign policy.
Czech authorities extradited to Germany a 46-year-old Vietnamese agent involved in a brazen Berlin kidnapping in July. The man is accused of espionage and being an accessory to the abduction of a Vietnamese businessman.