The Eastern European countries and NATO declared that they were no longer rivals and offered each other mutual friendship. Before examining the main features of Eastern and Western Europe let us first take a look at the international context.
The euro jingled for the first time in the pockets of consumers of the twelve countries on January 1 2002. NATO no longer had a reason to be.
In the early 1980s, economic growth in the USSR was closing in on zero, life expectancy was falling and shortages, notably in food, were becoming commonplace. Stalin blocked Czechoslovakia when they considered accepting the financial assistance on offer.
So what are their relations with NATO? During a visit to GDR on October 6 and 7 1989, the Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev refrained from condemning the demonstrations, criticised the behaviour of the East German leaders and urged reforms.
Some American strategists felt that this onerous, constraining and costly military alliance might now be dissolved. Yet these groupings should not be placed on a par, if only because of the nature of the underlying constraints.
Article 17 states the following:. Alex Herd. General de Gaulle resigned in 1969.
They have no desire to relive the nightmare. The aim was to separate the Soviet occupied zone from the French, British and American occupied zones. Intellectuals and journalists sometimes became mediators instrumentalised to convince public opinion.
So what have been the major stages in the unification of part of geographical Europe? This was the epilogue of four decades during which the Iron Curtain had been the symbol of the division of Europe. Europe divided by the Cold War Before examining the main features of Eastern and Western Europe let us first take a look at the international context.
The Truman Doctrine and Marshall Plan.