Untying Cold War knots : the European Community and Eastern Europe in the long 1970s
Title: Untying Cold War knots : the European Community and Eastern Europe in the long 1970s
Author: ROMANO, Angela
Citation: Cold War history, 2014, Vol. 14, No. 2, pp. 153–173
ISSN: 1468-2745; 1743-7962
This article sheds new light on the interrelation between Western European integration and the Cold War by unveiling and bringing under scrutiny the active role of the EEC in East–West relations. It argues that the EEC's pro-active Eastern policy was pivotal in loosening Cold War constraints in Europe and engendering instead a new kind of intra-European relations. Relations between the EEC and socialist bloc countries grew more intense and diversified, irrespective of the renewed superpower confrontation. Not only were détente and integration compatible, they actually reinforced each other, and the EEC proved to be a major and successful promoter of the overcoming of the Cold War in Europe.
Published online: 23 May 2013
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