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 realis, real; see real1) + Politik, politics (from French politique, political, policy; see politic).
- (politics) Pragmatic international government policy concerned with perceived interests of the nation.