A troubled relationship : Yugoslavia and the European economic community in détente
Title: A troubled relationship : Yugoslavia and the European economic community in détente
Author: OBADIC, Ivan
Citation: European review of history, 2014, Vol. 21, No. 2, pp. 329-348
The article examines the origins and evolution of Yugoslav policy toward the European Economic Community (EEC) from the mid-1960s until the signing of the Cooperation Agreement in 1980. The signing of the Treaty of Rome and the Community's initial success in the 1960s had a profound impact on the direction of Yugoslav foreign trade. Increased trade relations with the EEC and the domestic introduction of the 1965 Economic Reform proved vital in persuading Belgrade to become the first Communist country to establish diplomatic and trade relations with the Community in 1968. The article argues that these relations in the 1970s became of increasing relevance to the economic and, ultimately, political stability of Yugoslavia.
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