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A system of politics or principles based on practical rather than moral or ideological considerations.
power struggle, manipulation, manoeuvring, jockeying for position, wheeler-dealing, machiavellianism, opportunism, realpolitikView synonyms
- ‘For all its underpinnings in realpolitik, the strategy committed the United States to multilateralism.’
- ‘After all, those in power on the American side of the Atlantic are also practitioners of realpolitik.’
- ‘Power politics and realpolitik emphasized by realists is seen as being derived from shared knowledge which is self-fulfilling.’
- ‘We can hardly take pride in a successful war against Germany motivated less by principle than realpolitik.’
- ‘From the beginning, U.S. policy in South Vietnam was a conflict between realpolitik and democratic ideals.’
- ‘The first, we would say, is based on realpolitik, the second on principle.’
- ‘Thank you for your reply to my letter, which confirms your reliance on legalism-moralism rather than realpolitik to determine international policy.’
- ‘Cooper's mistake was to pose these policies in the old-fashioned language of realpolitik and power, rather than relying on the moral rhetoric of the day.’
- ‘At the turn of the decade many progressives were ready to believe in a new ethical, rather than realpolitik, motivation in foreign policy.’
- ‘The problem, of course, is with hypocrisy - realpolitik and dressing it up in moral language.’
- ‘That's a perfectly reasonable, realpolitik consideration for a government.’
- ‘Vedrine makes clear he is a subtle practitioner of realpolitik in the tradition of Richelieu, Talleyrand, and de Gaulle.’
- ‘In this world, power politics and classical realpolitik have become obsolete.’
- ‘The promotion of democracy and human rights serves American interests in ways that realpolitik can never accomplish alone.’
- ‘Are we to jump to the conclusion, therefore, that they have abandoned the left in the name of pragmatism and realpolitik?’
- ‘Surely realpolitik dictates that this Government must use its final Budget to please the voting classes.’
- ‘National realpolitik is becoming unreal, not only in Europe, but throughout the world.’
- ‘They are terrified of Leninist politics, which is nothing more for them than realpolitik practised by Marxist intellectuals.’
- ‘As they see it, we improperly allow realpolitik considerations to trump the human rights imperatives.’
- ‘But the vision called up by realpolitik, or realistic politics, is beyond example crazy and incredible.’
Early 20th century: from German Realpolitik practical politics.
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