Bulgaria and Czechoslovakia have long been considered the Soviet Union's most stable allies in Eastern Europe, and neither appears likely to present challenges to Soviet interests in the near future. Nonetheless, both countries have been victims of the general economic downturn in the Eastern Bloc, and each is characterized by political trends that, combined with economic sluggishness, could indirectly threaten Soviet hegemony. This Note examines socioeconomic and political developments in Bulgaria and Czechoslovakia and considers the prospects of new instabilities in these two countries. The emphasis is on examining domestic factors that could lead to new challenges to Soviet interests in Eastern Europe in the next decade.
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