The European Community and the Soviet Bloc.

by Horst Mendershausen


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An assessment of the implications of European unification for the Soviet Bloc. The author believes that the Western societies are neither safe, stable, nor free from conflict. For a Communist seeking contradictions, there are many to find, even if the lenses of party dogma do not distort his vision and make him see conflicts that do not exist. It is one thing, however, for the Soviets to anticipate troubles in the West and another to profit from them. That requires a certain mastery of the situation, and it is doubtful that the Soviets are any closer to this mastery than is the West. At least, their way of analyzing European developments does not prove it. The doctrines of sham and plot hold more truth for the activities in the home territory than for free Europe. The possibility remains that Western society can live better with its contradictions than the Communists can with theirs. Leaders of the European movement hope that, in alliance with the United States, a united Western Europe will make revolutionary imperialism unprofitable for the Soviet Union.

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