[alsoR-] foreign policy determined by expediency rather than ethics or world opinion; power politics
Origin of realpolitikGerman
A usually expansionist national policy having as its sole principle advancement of the national interest.
Origin of realpolitikGerman real practical ( from Late Latin reālis real ; see real 1. ) Politik politics ( from French politique political, policy ; see politic . )
- (politics) Pragmatic international government policy concerned with perceived interests of the nation.