- political realism or practical politics, especially policy based on power rather than on ideals.
Origin of realpolitik
Examples from the Web for realpolitik
The rhetoric has been harsh, but given the realpolitik of East African foreign policy, the actions have been decidedly mixed.The Uganda Ruling is Good For Everyone But Gays
August 1, 2014
And these odds were often set by realpolitik, rather than a moral compass.Mandela: The Last Good Man
December 5, 2013
Is it the realpolitik that in this era of uncertainty works to build alliances with friends rather than burning them on every end?Daniel Gordis Has It Backwards
December 11, 2012
Trying to build a one-state reality in the name of “inalienable rights and realpolitik” is treacherously dishonest.Another Reason Dani Dayan is Wrong
Elisheva Goldberg, Sahar Segal
August 3, 2012
Once in power ideological purity does have to make some room for realpolitik, but realpolitik is not moderation.When Will They Ever Learn?
June 25, 2012
This, of course, does not tend to enhance the realpolitik instincts of the nation.After the Rain
Napoleon's speech about English "Realpolitik" would prove an unprecedented success.
He little knew, poor man, how much he was flattering our capacity for Realpolitik!
As it was, Realpolitik counselled prudence, and the observance of the forms of Christianity.The Development of the European Nations, 1870-1914 (5th ed.)
John Holland Rose
Having turned the neutral world into enemies, Realpolitik was now ready to turn Germany's allies into neutrals.
- a ruthlessly realistic and opportunist approach to statesmanship, rather than a moralistic one, esp as exemplified by Bismarck
Word Origin and History for realpolitik
Governmental policies based on hard, practical considerations rather than on moral or idealistic concerns. Realpolitik is German for “the politics of reality” and is often applied to the policies of nations that consider only their own interests in dealing with other countries.