THE NEW COLD WAR – MORE NUCLEAR WEAPONS IN EUROPE?

The suspension of the INF Treaty between the US and Russia shows just how little the superpowers trust each other today. Are we facing nuclear re-armament and the end of a peaceful era?

At the end of the Cold War, thousands of nuclear weapons were withdrawn from Europe. Since then, however, the political situation has deteriorated drastically again, and a nuclear arms race between the US and Russia is already in full swing. Are we facing a new Cold War? Numerous experts believe that a nuclear attack is more likely today than it was during the East-West conflict and they speak of a second nuclear era. The suspension of the INF Treaty – signed by the American and Soviet heads of state, Reagan and Gorbachev, to prevent imminent nuclear escalation − shows how little the superpowers trust each other today. All signs currently point to confrontation rather than de-escalation not just because of the terminated treaty. Modernisation of US nuclear bombs on European soil, discussions about the development of Europe’s own nuclear weapons and regular manoeuvres on both sides of NATO’s eastern border in the Baltic States are intensifying the situation. We analyse this highly topical subject in a rapidly changing political environment. If the hardliners assert themselves, the end of a peaceful era may be nigh.

Current Affairs
Length 52’/45’ HD
Film by Andreas Orth
Production Christiane Schuhbert TV for ZDF/ARTE, 2019
Original Title Der neue kalte Krieg – Mehr Atomwaffen für Europa? / Le retour des armes nucléaires