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05:26 Jul 5, 2000
German to English translations [Non-PRO]
German term or phrase: Spalterpolitik
Here is the context:

"... In einer Art sicherheits- und europapolitischer Grundsatzrede vor deutschen Unternehmen legte Wladimir Putin dar, warum er für eine gemeinsame russisch-amerikanisch-europäische Raketenabwehr ist und weshalb ein Alleingang der Vereinigten Staaten seiner Meinung nach das atomare Rüstungsgleichgewicht gefährdet... ...Mehr Bewegungsfreiheit für Moskau und Europa gegenüber den USA dürfte langfristig eines der sicheren Ziele Putins sein. Man könnte versucht sein, dies als Spalterpolitik abzutun. Aber damit würde man der Politik Putins nicht gerecht. ..."

I know expressions like "to drive a wedge between", "split", "drive/tear apart", "come between", "interfere", "undermine", "introduce the thin end of the wedge", etc. but isn't there a special term for this activity as a part of foreign policy?
Dan McCrosky
Local time: 01:34
English translation:see below
Explanation:
One might be tempted to dismiss this as divisive politics/politics of discord/politics of dissension, but that would do disservice to Putin's ideals.
I'm pretty sure I have also heard the term splinter politics before, but the above suggestions are more common. HTH, Beth.
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Beth Kantus
United States
Local time: 19:34
Grading comment
All the answers were on the same track but I chose Beth's because she came up with the idea of divisive as an adjective. That is why it is usually good to wait as long as possible with the grading. I know, ProZ starts pestering us to grade as soon as the first answer comes in, but so what. Thanks to everyone. Dan
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Summary of answers provided
nasee belowBeth Kantus
napolicy of divisiveness, of course!Ulrike Lieder
napolicy of divisenessUlrike Lieder
napolitics of divisionMary Wilburn


  

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1 hr
politics of division


Explanation:
perhaps not a term of art, but not among the possible translations you listed among those already considered

Mary Wilburn
United States
Local time: 19:34
Native speaker of: Native in EnglishEnglish
PRO pts in pair: 76
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3 hrs
policy of diviseness


Explanation:
I don't know that there's a special term in foreign policy for this, but this is how I'd translate the phrase in question. Hope this helps! -U.

Ulrike Lieder
Local time: 16:34
Native speaker of: German
PRO pts in pair: 3525
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3 hrs
policy of divisiveness, of course!


Explanation:
It's early in the morning, haven't had my coffee and the cat's on my lap. That's how typos come about...

Ulrike Lieder
Local time: 16:34
Native speaker of: German
PRO pts in pair: 3525
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22 hrs
see below


Explanation:
One might be tempted to dismiss this as divisive politics/politics of discord/politics of dissension, but that would do disservice to Putin's ideals.
I'm pretty sure I have also heard the term splinter politics before, but the above suggestions are more common. HTH, Beth.

Beth Kantus
United States
Local time: 19:34
Native speaker of: English
PRO pts in pair: 924
Grading comment
All the answers were on the same track but I chose Beth's because she came up with the idea of divisive as an adjective. That is why it is usually good to wait as long as possible with the grading. I know, ProZ starts pestering us to grade as soon as the first answer comes in, but so what. Thanks to everyone. Dan
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