The Geopolitics of Bavaria

Oct 18, 2015 | 13:00 GMT
The Geopolitics of Bavaria
Schloss Neuschwanstein castle (L), as well as Schloss Hohenschwangau (R, in the distance), stand in this aerial view near Hohenschwangau, Bavaria, in Germany.
(SEAN GALLUP/Getty Images)

Bavaria's main geopolitical imperative is to be part of larger institutional frameworks for protection, while also trying to keep as much autonomy as possible. The German region is a fascinating example of a territory that is powerful enough to demand special treatment from its neighbors, but not strong enough to completely control its destiny. ...

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